Forrest is a great character in the book, and somehow [Hardy’s] interpretation of that was easy. He took it somewhere else completely. His references to the character were, at the time, mystifying. He came in saying, “I want to play Forrest Bondurant like I’m an old lesbian.” Another time he said, “I’m going to play Forrest Bondurant based on the old lady in the cartoon “Tweetie Pie.” Do you know that? Do you know Sylvester and Tweety? Okay, you know the old lady who looks after them? That’s who he was basing his character on. So these references were initially very exciting, but also mystifying. In a way, what he did with Forrest, I really understand where he’s coming from. It was very much a weirdly female kind of character who looked after the brood, very much threatened by this other woman that came into the story, Maggie. And that all made a lot of sense, but he did an amazing job on that character, and that’s why he is fit to be such a great actor, I think.
At some point we decided that Forrest was a virgin, and that seemed really interesting, that this guy was not that interested in that kind of thing, or his ability to love or his problems of intimacy were acute. There’s this guy who’s looking after, holding everything together, doesn’t have time for sex, I think. Or not so much he doesn’t have time, but that there’s no room for another female. Another female he sees as a direct threat to his position as the matriarch, and that seemed really interesting to me.
- Nick Cave on Forrest Bondurant the virgin lesbian grandma. So, it’s not just Tom who’d decided Forrest was a virgin then… No wonder Forrest wore all his clothes to bed, he must have been quite terrified!