While Charles is from Baltimore, the film isn’t about the Ravens or the Orioles. Instead, Pascale Ferran’s latest film is about, as Charles describes it, “how we interact with one another — the sense of loneliness and isolation a lot of people feel. The more literally connected we are the more emotionally disconnected we become. It deals in those themes,” though he later admitted that it’s not the type of film that can be summarized with a log line.
Charles communicated with the French director through an interpreter and said the language barrier helped him relate to his character.
“I felt like my character — very isolated at the time. Working in a foreign country away from my family with a crew that predominantly didn’t speak English,” he said.
Charles shot “Bird People” between seasons 3 and 4 of “The Good Wife.” Though his character was killed on the show, he has directed several episodes of the series and told TheWrap he’ll direct another this season.
Charles also revealed that he’s eager to direct a feature film. “A dream of mine would be to make a little movie. I’m looking for material right now … something personal and character-driven.”
The actor has a second movie in Toronto, as he also plays Nick Kroll‘s boss in Ross Katz’s comedy “Adult Beginners.” Charles also recently wrapped the role of Sarah Silverman‘s husband in the indie drama “I Smile Back.”
Finally, Charles reflected on the time he spent filming “Dead Poets Society” with Robin Williams, who died last month. “He was the first movie star I ever interacted with in a serious way,” said Charles, who appreciated Williams’ “kindness, sensitivity and his laugh.”
IFC Films will release “Bird People” on Sept. 12 in New York, Los Angeles and a few other cities, as well as on VOD.