Interview

Set sail with 'The Peanut Butter Falcon' directors and star Zack Gottsagen

If you missed The Peanut Butter Falcon when it hit theaters earlier this year, fear not. The film, which marks an impressive debut from writer/directors Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz, is now available on Digital, DVD and Blu-ray. Starring opposite talent like Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson and Thomas Haden Church is newcomer Zack Gottsagen. Born with Down Syndrome, Gottsagen long dreamed of becoming an actor and, after meeting Nilson and Schwartz, the trio came up with a plan to make that happen. The result is one of the year’s best films, following Zack as a young man (Zak) who, determined to become a professional wrestler, escapes his nursing home. He soon crosses paths with LaBeouf’s Tyler, a former blue collar worker who has just become a wanted man. As they develop an incredible friendship, the pair set off in pursuit of Zak’s dream.

In many ways, the narrative of the film mirrors what it took to get the film made. Moviebill was thrilled to sit down with Nilson, Schwartz and their leading man for a look behind the scenes of The Peanut Butter Falcon. Check out the full interview in the player below!

The Peanut Butter Falcon follows Zak (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 (Haden Church). On the road, Zak meets Tyler (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 (Johnson), a kind nursing-home employee charged with bringing Zak back, to join them.

The Peanut Butter Falcon is now available on DVD, Digital and Blu-ray.


Silas Lesnick is the Senior Editor of Moviebill. He has been covering entertainment news out of Los Angeles for more than a decade. You can reach him via e-mail or on Twitter.