Todd Haynes and Tim Robbins on Politics, Corruption, and Being Driven to Act

Dark Waters star and filmmaker discuss the film's harrowing true story


Tim Robbins and Todd Haynes for Dark Waters

    Music Editor Erica Campbell sits down with actor Tim Robbins and director Todd Haynes. Together, they discuss Dark Waters, the task of bringing a true story to audiences, and parallels between the film and what’s happening now on Capitol Hill.

    Directed by Haynes, Dark Waters follows corporate defense lawyer Rob Bilott (Mark Ruffalo) as he’s approached by a farmer and distant family friend Wilbur Tennant (Bill Camp). Shortly after the construction of a DuPont landfill near his farm in West Virginia, his cows began getting sick, developing grotesque deformities, and dying en masse.

    As he keeps tugging on this particular string, however, he ends up unraveling a vast coverup involving the vast, knowing poisoning of the American public by DuPont via everything from Teflon to tap water. Over the next two decades, Bilott along with help from his supervising partner in the firm, Tom Terp (Robbins), commits himself wholeheartedly to fighting for DuPont’s victims and holding the powerful accountable.


    Watch the full interview above.

    Edited By: Perry Froelich

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