The Conjuring tells the true-life story of the Perron family and how they were terrorized by a demonic spirit in their New England farmhouse.
The events got so intense that famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called in to help. While Geek was visiting The Conjuring set, actors Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor took time out to discuss their characters and playing very real people in extraordinary circumstances.
Patrick Wilson on Ed and Lorraine Warren
“They came at it from a sense of honesty because they want to help people out. When you talk about 1971 and pre-Amityville and before the Internet, this whole supernatural world was unchartered. Anyone who dedicated their life to it was interested in the occult, but generally wanted to help people out.”
Ron Livingston on Roger Perron
“I didn’t speak to him before we shot the movie, but I did read up on a lot of stuff. I feel like the real scary part at the end works if you fall in love with the family. You want them to be OK and want the audience to buy into that. Whatever is coming after them, you want them to be all right.”
Lili Taylor on Carolyn Perron
“James shot the movie chronologically, and that really helps take the burden off the actor and that helped to put me in the mind of it. Carolyn is really scared through a lot of the movie and ferocious for the last part. I basically had to imagine what it was like to be [possessed]. If you’ve ever seen people who are possessed, it’s almost like they don’t sound human and don’t act human in a way, so I’m putting my seatbelt on, buckling up and going for it.”