Learning to Drum — and Live — in 'The Visitor' In Tom McCarthy's film, the protagonist finds solace and a new enthusiasm when he learns to play the djembe. For the movie's leading men, learning the instrument was a way of pushing their own boundaries.
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Learning to Drum — and Live — in 'The Visitor'

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Learning to Drum — and Live — in 'The Visitor'

Learning to Drum — and Live — in 'The Visitor'

Learning to Drum — and Live — in 'The Visitor'

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Haaz Sleiman: Actor found parallels between his character's life and his own. Coburn Dukehart, NPR hide caption

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Writer-director Tom McCarthy (right, with Sleiman and co-star Richard Jenkins) says The Visitor was all about enticing people — actors, characters, audiences — to leave their comfort zones and take a leap of faith. JoJo Whildon/Overture Films hide caption

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Writer-director Tom McCarthy (right, with Sleiman and co-star Richard Jenkins) says The Visitor was all about enticing people — actors, characters, audiences — to leave their comfort zones and take a leap of faith.

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