Zoo Inspirations: Peter Riegert, Mark Knopfler and Local Hero

Posted by Greg on January 3, 2012 at 8:14 am
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Denis Lawson and Peter Riegert in Local Hero

You might have read that Bill Forsythe’s 1983 film Local Hero was a big inspiration for We Bought A Zoo. Not just with Mark Knopfler’s score setting the mood, but creating a world that the main character (and the audience) can get lost in. Cameron took that a step further with a few homages to the film. In Zoo, Kelly mentions that Ben is “our local hero” and one of the films stars, Peter Riegert plays Matt Damon’s boss at the beginning of the film.

Peter sat down for a chat with Reel Life with Jane and discussed working on Zoo, Local Hero and his impressive 40 year career. So head on over and read the interview and if you haven’t see Local Hero, check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

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