Clive Owen Ditches Scalpels and Swords for a Role in The Confirmation

First-time director Bob Nelson held a special screening at NeueHouse for his new film

“He’s got a good heart, and he’s trying to be a good dad.” Clive Owen was dishing on his deadbeat character, Walt, in The Confirmation before ducking in to a special screening at NeueHouse Hollywood last night. Did he miss his usual armor-and-sword action movie characters? After a good laugh, he answered, “No, I treat every kind of movie the same way. It makes no difference, it’s still about, at the end of the day, you’ve got to try and execute the material as well as you can.”

Mingling after the movie at NeueHouse
Mingling after the movie at NeueHouse

Photograph by Kari Mozena

Once inside the landmark CBS Radio Building-turned-hipster workspace, first-time director Bob Nelson addressed the crowd. “I worked on this story for 35 years,” he said. “I was just waiting for Clive to be old enough to play the father and for Jaeden [Lieberher] to be born.” Nelson was nominated for an Oscar two years ago for penning Nebraska. Jaeden Lieberher (St. Vincent) is perfect as Walt’s estranged son, Anthony, who spends the weekend with his father trying to track down his stolen toolbox. Patton Oswalt also has a fantastic part as Drake, a drywaller who tries to help the guys out. Maria Bello plays Owen’s ex-wife. It’s a quiet movie that has both heart and laughs

The cast stayed long after the credits rolled in the polished cement screening room for drinks and canapés. The Confirmation The Saban Films/Lionsgate hits select theatres and on demand on Friday, March 18.