We have an exclusive clip from The Peanut Butter Falcon to share before the official Blu-ray and digital release. The movie premiered earlier this year to praise at SXSW and then hit theaters in August. While the movie was not an enormous success at the box office, it was a sleeper hit grossing over $20 million. Additionally, The Peanut Butter Falcon has received rave reviews from critics and currently holds a 95% Fresh Rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Peanut Butter Falcon follows Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome who runs away from a residential nursing home to fulfill his dream of attending the pro wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). On the road, Zak meets Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), a small-time outlaw who becomes Zak's unlikely coach and ally. Together, they set out on a wild, life-changing journey and try to convince Eleanor (Dakota Johnson), a kind nursing-home employee charged with bringing Zak back, to join them.
As we found out in an interview with The Peanut Butter Falcon directors, they were unsure how they were going to make the movie at first. Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz first met Zack Gottsagen at a camp for people with intellectual disabilities. Zack approached the directors, introduced himself, and declared that he wanted to be a movie star. Nilson and Schwartz were up front with Gottsagen at first, noting that people with Down syndrome don't normally get cast in Hollywood movies. While he was upset at first, he then asked them to make the movie. Nilson and Schwartz thought about it and then decided it was time that a person like Gottsagen was represented on the big screen. Nilson had this to say about working with Gottsagen.
"It was one of those moments when I met him and it was like: 'This guy is just a beautiful soul and somebody I want to connect with and be around.' Then we learned that he wanted to be an actor and had been studying acting his whole life."
Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz first set out to make a proof of concept video to test Zack Gottsagen's acting abilities and to try and get actors and a studio on board. Right away, Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson signed on. LaBeouf said it was Gottsagen's brutal honesty that brought him back from what he has described as a "twisted" time in his life. While they were shooting The Peanut Butter Falcon, LaBeouf was arrested for being drunk in public and made a big scene. When he came back to the set, it was Gottsagen who put his hand on his shoulder and welcomed him back. It was a big moment for Shia LaBeouf.
The Peanut Butter Falcon arrives on Digital November 5 and on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD and On Demand November 12 from Lionsgate. The movie is still in select theaters, but it is winding down its theatrical release. As for the weird title of the movie, it's the name of Zack Gottsagen's wrestling character in the movie, which is pretty awesome. Gottsagen got his wish and he is now a movie star. Hopefully more people will check out his work now that it's close to being available for home release. You can check out the exclusive clip from The Peanut Butter Falcon below. This clip comes direct from Lionsgate.