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The World According to Garp : John Lithgow talks about his role in the film .

T.S. Garp (Robin Williams) is a successful novelist, and Jenny Fields (Glenn Close) is his mother and inspiration. The only problem: she’s actually his father as well as his mother, which complicates things because she wants to keep T.S.’s heritage a secret from him for various reasons–until the time seems right to tell him about it.

What is the plot of the story ?

The story deals with the life of T.S. Garp and his mother, Jenny Fields. The film begins with Jenny giving birth to T.S., a boy who will one day write great novels, on a ledge above the Charles River in Massachusetts. Shortly thereafter Jenny meets and falls in love with T.S.’s father, an army pilot named Duncan Garp (John Lithgow), whom she marries and moves to New York with.

Who is in the cast ? What role did each character portray ?

The cast include Robin Williams , Glenn Close , John Lithgow , Mary Steenburgen , Tim Kazurinsky , and more. Robin Williams portrayed the role of T.S. Garp, Glenn Close played Jenny Fields, Garp’s mother and Duncan Garp’s wife, John Lithgow portrays Duncan Garp and Mary Steenburgen .

What are the difficulties they faced ?

The film has the difficult task of portraying the true story of a transgender family. This is due to the fact that T.S., who was born a boy, had to live as a girl for many years in order to keep her gender identity under wraps. When she finally tells her son, Duncan Garp, that she was actually pregnant with him and he was in fact his mother, he’s just as shocked as anyone because they both knew that he’d been raised as a boy since birth.


What are the themes ?

The theme of the story is that family is not defined by blood but by the love shared between two people. The film also shows that sometimes life does not make sense but then we just have to find a way to accept it. There’s a lot of talk about feminism throughout the film as well, which is probably one of the reasons why Jenny Fields is such an important character.

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Who is the antagonist ? What are its motives ?

The antagonist in the story is Jenny’s father and her own mother, both played by Mary Steenburgen and Mary Tyler Moore. Both are very upset with Jenny for marrying his son Duncan (John Lithgow) and moving to New York with him. They feel that it’s wrong for Jenny to leave her family behind in Derry, Maine because there was a big scandal back when she was younger due to a fight between her parents.

What are the epic scenes ?

In one of the most epic scenes in the film, Duncan (John Lithgow) and Jenny (Glenn Close) play a game of tennis on the grass above the Charles River. The audience sees them playing on a tennis court with a beautiful view of Boston in the background but it is only their shadows that we see from behind. As they’re playing, Duncan tells Jenny that he knows she’s pregnant with his son and she immediately stops playing, turns around, and tells him how much she loves him. She then begins to explain to him why this is so important to her.

Who is the most loved character ?

John Lithgow’s character, Duncan Garp. He was the perfect husband to Jenny Fields. He was very supportive of her and always made time for her and T.S., even when he was promoting his novels. To top it all off, he was a good father to T.S., as well as being a great husband and writer himself.


Would you recommend watching this ?

Yes, because it is a great story of an unusual family. It’s very powerful and moving and teaches everyone that love from anyone can survive anything. Thanks for reading !

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