The biggest star, Reese Witherspoon, couldn’t attend, but her cast mates and crew walked the red carpet Monday at AMC Studio 30 in Olathe for the local premiere of “The Good Lie.”
“My hope is to see everything, whatever the city has to offer,” said co-star Ger Duany, who just arrived in town. He’d better hurry: He was scheduled to leave Kansas City Tuesday afternoon.
The movie tells the story of some of the “Lost Boys” of Sudan, orphans who fled a brutal civil war and eventually made their way to Kansas City. Duany plays one if the refugees who settled here.
Kansas City brother and sister Okwar and Keji Jale were cast for the African scenes, and their father, Elikana Jale, landed a couple of smaller roles.
The most surprising part for Keji, now 13: “When we got to set it was how real everything was.”
She and her brother spent two weeks in South Africa. (One of the best parts: she got to have her braces taken off during filming. They are back on now.)
She is hoping audiences are moved by the message of the film.
“We didn’t just make this movie to show how brutal it is and to see how people are suffering,” she said. “It’s more about how we need to help.”
(The film’s title is explained when one of the refugees is introduced to the concept of “a good lie” in an English class discussion of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” It’s a lie told to benefit someone else, and it comes up a couple of times in the movie.)
The film opens Oct. 3.
Sharon Hoffmann, email@example.com