The Conjuring 2(2016)
- RatedNC16 /GenreHorror
“All you want to do is keep your child out of harm’s way; anything else pales in comparison.”
Being a parent, it appears, gives actor Patrick Wilson the impetus to impart a sense of authenticity to his role as Ed Warren.
“There’s nothing like the love you have for your child. Not that people that don’t have children cannot play parents but those of us fortunate to have kids, it just makes performing more deeper and powerful as you relate better to the situation,” Wilson told inSing Movies over the phone from his home in New Jersey.
Wilson reprises his role as loving father and famed paranormal investigator in the follow-up to James Wan’s smash horror hit, ‘The Conjuring’.
In ‘Conjuring 2’, we see Ed and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) Warren, come out of their self-imposed break to travel to Northern London to help a family in trouble.
“The events from a case seven years ago have taken its toll on Lorraine and the family. They’ve taken a break but Ed still wants to help people – they’ve never turned down anyone who’d approached them. When this case (Enfield Poltergeist) came along, a lot of people in England and Europe tried to help but to no avail. The Warrens then took this case on, and it became one of their most important cases,” Wilson explained.
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Like in 'Hard Candy', 'Watchmen' and 'Insidious', Wilson excels at playing characters who are often hiding quiet desperation beneath their tough guy facade.
“He eats, lives and breathes his films. He somehow has this innate knowledge of ghosts, scares and character,” Wilson said.
Even though Wan has embarked on bigger projects since then (‘Furious 7’ and the upcoming ‘Aquaman’), Wilson insists that the 39-year-old filmmaker is still the same enthusiastic person he met in 2010.
“He’s still the same driven, creative and collaborative partner. Obviously, the more films he does, the more toys he has to play with. And now he can shoot action and car chase scenes,” Wilson gushed.
This time round, Ed gets to do more than ghost busting and Wilson enjoyed every minute of it.
“He gets a little angrier, more romantic and scared in this. We wanted to push his character as far as we could,” Wilson said.
He added: “I liken acting in these movies to doing theatre where you really have to commit and not do something half-baked. If you have to perform an exorcism or recite Latin, you just can’t bullshit your way. You have to be committed and that pushes you as an actor.”
Patrick Wilson as Ed Warren | Photo: Warner Bros
Though Wilson never got to meet Ed Warren, who passed away in 2006, the actor says he learnt all about him through his conversations with Lorraine.
“Vera and I went up to Connecticut to spend some time again with Lorraine and her family at their home. We wanted to connect with her again and see what we can uncover that we can put in the movie,” Wilson said.
“In this sequel, I was able to show another side of him that we were not able to in the previous one. There were certain aspects that I also learnt like how he will never back down on anybody or just sit quietly especially to sceptics who called him out.”
It may just take this dogged determination and fearlessness to defeat the spirit that causing chaos in the movie.
“It’s not as straightforward as the first one, and that was already scary. This is a different beast. It’s more psychological as it messes with your head as you’re left wondering if there are things appearing,” Wilson said of the scares in the movie.
“It’s not as simple as seeing a witch and she scares and haunts you. There are a number of different circumstances and ways the entity presents itself, and they’re all pretty intense.”
‘The Conjuring 2’ opens 9 June 2016