Gregory is a fan of the scene in which Mildred (Frances McDormand) comes home, only to be confronted by a priest urging her to remove the billboards that call on the police to solve her daughter’s rape and murder case. “It’s a simple scene, but it was about how to play it. They all gave great performances,” he says. He decided to focus it on McDormand. “She was so good in that scene; you could just see all of the various emotions that she was experiencing. Then I just built in reactions of the priest and her son, Robbie [Lucas Hedges], when necessary. At the end of the scene, as she tells the priest to get out, I didn’t go to his reaction since she was so good in her disgust.”
This story first appeared in the Feb. 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.