Humor was used onscreen and off at April 2 preem of Gravitas Ventures’ “The Story of Luke” at the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills, where thesps and creatives took a light-hearted approach to the serious topic of autism.
“I wanted something entertaining that’s not too heavy so the movie has comedic and romantic elements,” said scribe-helmer Alonso Mayo. “Too many movies have the hard drama on this topic and are very depressing. In my experience, I saw a lot of hope, laughter and happiness. I wanted people to see a side they haven’t seen before. It’s not just something to be scared about.”
Even though Lou Taylor Pucci’s character shares the same disorder as Dustin Hoffman’s in “Rain Man,” Pucci took a different approach.
“The generalities are all there,” he explained, “their inability to focus, their repetition of ritual. But I needed to create a totally fictional character out of nowhere. What it ended up being was a morph of four different families with an autism member I had met who helped create somebody just for me to play.”
“I like to play things really straight on and pretty honestly and humor naturally comes out of that,” said Green. “So I try not to go for any laughs or make anything seem forced.”
Tuesday’s preem coincided with World Autism Awareness Day.