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Tom Holland in cherriesAdapted from Nico Walker’s book.

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The new movie cherries Tom Holland stars – you may know him as Spider-Man from the Marvel movies. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo – their first since directing Avengers: Endgame. Not that any of this meant much to Niko Walker, who wrote the book for the movie cherries Based on. Walker was in prison where the movie was sold and had not seen any of the Russo brothers Marvel films. People explained to him that Roussos had just directed the highest-grossing movie ever, and that that was a big deal. “I just had to accept what the people said,” he says.

cherries It is a semi-autobiographical novel that follows Walker’s path as a US Army sub-medic in Iraq returns to Cleveland, becomes addicted to heroin and ends up in a convicted bank robber. Walker wrote about it in 2013 BuzzFeed’s Profile, Which caught the attention of Matthew Johnson in Tyrant Books, who convinced him to write a book. He had never considered writing a book before, and spent hours on typewriters at the law library working on the book after teaching a continuing education class in prison.

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The book is dry, violent, and hilarious as you laugh and mourn the laughter. Tim O’Connell, editor cherries For Knopf, he said the book was timely because it dealt with the opioid epidemic, the disappointment with the Iraq war, and the comeback with PTSD. “He is unique to me in his American accent,” says O’Connell.

It quickly landed on the bestseller list and drew Even more Press to pay attention To Walker. Someone sent a copy to Joe Russo and in ten pages, he knew this was the next movie that he and his brother would make. “I felt like our close friends and family were struggling,” says Russo. The Russians were from Cleveland like Walker. They knew the same kind of people, and they drove past the same kind of places – even Joe Russo was working in the same restaurant as Walker.

Walker was skeptical that Roussos would handle his story – the same way he would treat anyone. But when he spoke to Joe Russo on the phone for three minutes, Joe Russo said this was the next movie I would be making. He wouldn’t be picked, “Walker says. There was no talk of writing a script and seeing the next steps.” There was no choice. He bought it directly. “

There is a scene early in the book where the unnamed narrator goes through training. A drill sergeant punches him in the penis for no reason. Walker writes, “But you’ll understand that. You just had to remember that everything was imaginary. Training sergeants were pretending to be training sergeants. We were pretending we were soldiers. The army was pretending to be the army.” Joe Russo quotes this line as he speaks of the self-referential voice For cherries. “He cannot separate his life from its fictional influences,” says Rousseau. “He is caught in a ruse.” “He is stuck in this kind of reference echo chamber that he cannot escape from, and this contributes to the deterioration of his mental health.”

“I tend to mentally focus on things,” Walker says. And that’s partly why he’s not planning to see cherries Movie. “I just don’t think it would be nice for me to see, you know?” It’s so close, and too personal of the story, to see someone else take it. Even the start of the movie made him feel a certain way about his success. We got to talk about other writers he likes – specifically Scott McLanahan, Whose books Walker read while in prison – who just didn’t get the same opportunities Walker did. “You see things like billboards and whole streets full of posters with Tom Holland’s face,” she says cherries And I’m just like … is that true? “

Walker is out of jail now. He was discharged early on his euthanasia to take care of his mother, who died of leukemia last year. But not before you read his book. “I was glad I was able to do something to make her proud after so much shame,” he says. I asked not to swear too much in his next book, which is almost done. It is a third-person story based on his time in prison.

This story was edited for radio by Nina Gregory and adapted for the web by Andrew Lembong and Petra Mayer.


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