5 True Twists You Didn’t See Coming from M. Night Shyamalan

The master storyteller shared some tales of his own.

By Brandon Specktor


3. Like most of his characters, he’s not entirely open with his dad

Night says one of the most appealing things about After Earth was the fractured father-son relationship that drives the drama. To get the best performances out of Will and Jaden, Night drew on the relationships to his own children, and his dad:

“I’m really interested in the things we don’t say to each other that we should before it’s too late. My father and I don’t talk much. We talk about sports. And it’s only if something horrific were to happen that we’d start saying what’s really important to us. Classic guys, you know…or maybe it’s just an Indian immigrant thing. After Earth is also kind of about that relationship.”

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