THE GLASS CASTLE interview with author Jeannette Walls – bringing her memoir to the big screen

THE GLASS CASTLE interview with author Jeannette Walls – bringing her memoir to the big screen

One of the movies hitting theaters this weekend is THE GLASS CASTLE, based on the best-selling memoir by Jeannette Walls that chronicled her life as a young girl living with a family who had basically nothing, and lived in strange houses that were abandoned. It’s a tale of survival in a sense, as the lifestyle was inherently destructive, but also strangely comforting. Her father, Rex, was an alcoholic with grand ideas, but at time little regard for his own family when they needed him most. Her mother was a dedicated painter, also trapped in this unfortunate scenario, but too in love with Rex to leave it. At one point in the story (now a movie starring Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson), the children realize that they must leave their family, one at a time, however they can manage it. Walls eventually became a successful journalist and now highly successful writer, but never forgot her origins. She recently stopped in Dallas to do a Q&A for a screening of THE GLASS CASTLE, and despite having an early call the following morning for interviews, she stopped and signed autographs and took photos with every single person attending when it was over. Walls seems honestly appreciative of where she is today, and was also quick to point out that “Everyone has a story.” She’s been lucky enough to share her tale in both book and now movie form, and it’s definitely worth a look. Check out my interview below with Jeannette, and look for THE GLASS CASTLE now in theaters. Big thanks to Grady May for editing this video for me.

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Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started Bigfanboy.com, which has become one of the Dallas film community’s leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and Bigfanboy.com regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. From 2002 until 2015 he managed the Dallas Comic Con, Sci-Fi Expo and Fan Days events in the DFW area. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Show conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.