Just a Minute With: Edward Norton on "Pride and Glory"

Thu Sep 11, 2008 2:55pm EDT
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By Bob Tourtellotte

TORONTO (Reuters Life!) - Edward Norton is considered one of the best dramatic actors of his generation, nominated for two Oscars for "Primal Fear" and "American History X."

This summer, he also proved he could hold his own in comic book flick, "The Incredible Hulk."

In his upcoming film, cop drama "Pride and Glory," he plays a New York City detective tracking the murderer of four fellow officers. But if he catches his man, Norton's character will expose a police scandal that will cause trouble for his family and the entire New York City Police Department.

The movie presents an interesting set of moral dilemmas including questions of when family bonds supersede a person's own sense of right and wrong.

Norton spoke to Reuters at the Toronto International Film festival about the movie.

Q: Police dramas are a staple of Hollywood movies, so how does "Pride and Glory" rise above being just another tale of good cops gone bad?

A: "I always ask: 'When you get into a genre story, does it have certain ideas that rise above that genre?' If through the world of cops, you can penetrate the specifics to see this is really about how families build a dream and a new generation comes and has to deconstruct that dream, then it doesn't matter at all that it's about cops, then it's about families.

"On another level, as we made the film things started happening in the culture. We had torture scandals, and scandals of institutional lying. We found ourselves looking at each other and saying, 'That's exactly our dynamic.' Someone, somewhere released those Abu Ghraib photos and quote, betrayed, unquote, the loyalty bonds of the Army. I think when a story starts to touch on the specifics of the day that, too, helps it get up above the specifics of cop drama."   Continued...

<p>Edward Norton speaks at a news conference for the film "Pride and Glory" during the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival September 9, 2008. REUTERS/Mark Blinch</p>