What do you get when you mix Robert Downey Jr. with Robert Duvall? "The Bobs," as the cast of The Judge calls them, and whole lot of silver screen talent. In theaters starting last Friday, Oct. 10, the drama focuses on a Chicago lawyer (Downey) who heads home to Indiana after his mother passes away. When he finds out that his estranged father (Duvall), a judge, is accused of murder, Downey Jr.'s character takes on his case. We caught up with the cast of the film—minus the Roberts—at the Toronto International Film Festival, and asked them each to share a highlight from the set of the film. Here's what they had to say:
Vera Farmiga: “Dobkin’s fervor and determination were so infectious,” Farmiga said. “He and Downey have a symbiotic relationship—they just inspire each other, and the spirit of camaraderie and joy really trickled down from the top,” she added. “With the two Roberts at the helm, it’s just the champion of American cinema.”
Vincent D'Onofrio: On set in Shelburne, Mass., “there were so many intense days and scenes that we would goof around to keep the morale up in between,” D’Onofrio said. “There were a lot of jokes and impressions. We all hung out and got to know each other pretty well.”
Dax Shepard: For Shepard, filming was a food-focused affair. “We had a big cast dinner at this amazing converted barn called the Red Rooster, and Duvall sat at the head of the table,” Shepard said. “He somehow knows the best of everything—I think I know every best restaurant in America now.” Duvall even knows the best of things that he doesn't like, as Shepard noted. "Apparently the place next to his hotel won some international cappuccino shootout. He prefaced it by saying, 'I don’t like cappuccino, but they’re the best one in there.'”
Jeremy Strong: “Half the time it was like The Actors’ Studio, half the time it was like the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus,” Strong says of being on set. “The dynamics in the film mirrored the dynamics on set in the sense that I felt like I had two big brothers and a dad. My big brothers spent a lot of the time hazing me, but also made me feel protected.”
Check out the trailer below for The Judge, in theaters today!