The 51-year-old filmmaker and his brother Joe Russo directed the drama film starring Tom Holland as an opioid-addicted army veteran and based on the Nico Walker novel of the same name, and admits that the plot got him because of friends hard hit and family who struggled with addiction.
When asked why he and his brother decided to make the film after working on ‘Avengers: Endgame’, Anthony said, “I mean, luckily we didn’t really have long to deal with that question deal because this book was suggested to us while we were still in post-production on ‘Endgame’.
“Before our brains really got into post-Endgame life, we read this book and it hit us very hard when we read the book. We have had many relationships in our personal lives that have really been hit by the opioid epidemic.
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“So we had people, friends and family who had suffered, friends and family struggling to recover, even some who had died from an overdose.”
Anthony revealed that he had a lot of similarities to working on a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie with ‘Cherry’, as both he and Joe had to have a connection to the story they were directing.
He told ComicBook.com, “It’s interesting I think because this experience has two levels that you are talking about. At one level there isn’t much that is different.
“Even though Marvel is a bigger endeavor and more people are involved and it is somehow connected to more ideas and films outside of the ones you make, we can’t really act as directors, as storytellers, unless we make it very personal for us. Because only in this way can we find meaning in what we do and find the motivation to make up the story. “
Anthony continued, “Even though these films were very big, they were still very personal to us, but you are right that ‘Cherry’ is still different because there are no guidelines.”