Courteney Cox probably didn’t know that she was blazing new territory when she shot the film Just Before I Go. The movie follows a man who is determined to commit suicide but has a few loose ends to tie up back in his hometown.
While the topic may seem weighty, Courteney Cox went about it from an angle. She cast Sean William Scott and made it a comedy.
In support of Indie Film Month, Indiewire recently reprinted an interview with Courteney Cox about the film right after it premiered last year. Her thoughts on the topic are poignant to look back at in a world that has now experienced the very public right-to-die debate that was set in motion by Brittany Maynard.
Courteney Cox said of her own film:
“It kind of shows that when you think that something is going on with you, you realize, as you look out, that everyone is struggling and we have all have our issues. I was also drawn to the hilarity and subversive humor. Between the heartfelt stuff and the crazy obscure humor — it was perfect for my personality. It’s grounded yet outrageous.”
Now news that one Christy O’Donnell of Santa Clarita, California is fighting for the right to end her own life brings the Courteney Cox film back into relevance.
“The most likely way that I’m going to die with the lung cancer is that my left lung will fill with fluid, I’ll start drowning in my own fluid,” O’Donnell said in a Youtube video. “If I get to a hospital, they’ll very painfully put a tube in. They’ll drain the fluid from my lung, only to patch me up, send me home and wait until the next time my lung fills up with fluid. And they’ll continue to repeat that process and drowning painfully until I die.”
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) May 20, 2015
Addressing such a sensitive subject required a balancing act in tone. Courteney Cox
“We continued to work on it until we shot it, and even afterwards, trying to find the tone for people to understand that it’s okay to follow Seann William Scott’s life as he wants to end it. To have sympathy for him but know it’s okay to laugh. Usually suicide and cunt jokes don’t really go together. When you know that something is funny, and you’re okay with telling that kind of offensive humor, then you push the envelope.”
— Shannon (@shannon_marae) May 19, 2015