The quirky and dramatic comedy Henry Poole Is Here will arrive in theaters on August 15, in limited release (about 500 theaters) and I found myself here - here being a posh suite at the Four Seasons - with the diverse team that brought this movie together. I sat down with stars Luke Wilson and Rahda Mitchell along with funnyman supreme George Lopez (who oddly enough plays the most serious character in the film) and recent Oscar nominee Adriana Barraza (Babel) and accomplished director Mark Pellington (Arlington Road, The Mothman Prophecies). Click below for this exclusive video featurette for this film that shows you how hope can come from the strangest of places.
Henry Poole (Luke Wilson) just wants to disappear. Shattered by circumstances beyond his control, he offers full price on a cookie cutter house in a drab, middle-class, L.A. neighborhood through his perky realtor Meg (Cheryl Hines). But just as he settles in to his indulgent isolation with a case of vodka and all the junk food he can eat, his neighbor, a well-meaning busybody named Esperanza (Adriana Barraza), drops by with a plate of homemade tamales and a whole lot of questions.
Despite his desire for solitude, Henry can't help noticing Dawn (Radha Mitchell), the beautiful young divorcee next door and her daughter Millie (Morgan Lily), an eight-year-old amateur spy who hasn't spoken a word since her parents' break-up.
Henry's self-imposed exile is shattered when Esperanza discovers a mysterious stain on Henry's stucco wall that is seen to have miraculous powers. She begins leading pilgrimages to the "holy site" and invites church officials, including her pastor, Father Salizar (George Lopez), to inspect the apparition.
Although Henry remains skeptical, he finds himself gradually drawn back towards life, especially after his silent friendship with Millie brings him closer to Dawn. As news of the apparition spreads throughout the neighborhood and his feelings for Dawn grow, Henry realizes his plan to live out his days in quiet desperation is going to be much harder than he ever imagined.