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The cast and crew of “Love & Mercy” on gleaning inspiration from Brian Wilson’s genius

Actors Paul Dano, John Cusack & Elizabeth Banks, director Bill Pohland, and subject Brian Wilson on "Love & Mercy"

Jun 08, 2015

In some version or another, a film adaptation of Brian Wilson’s life has been kicking around Hollywood for a while. Luckily, it eventually fell into producer Claire Rudnik Polstein’s lap. Along with director Bill Pohland and writer Oren Moverman, they have created Love & Mercy, a fun yet unconventional biopic that truly honors Brian Wilson’s enormous musical and cultural legacy without falling into the trap of overt glamorization. With the primary goal of evoking Brian Wilson’s spirit and honestly retelling his life story, the filmmakers and the actors were able to work closely with Brian and his wife Melinda Ledbetter throughout. More