We got the chance to chat with "The Gift" director, writer and co-star Joel Edgerton along with his leads, Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall, in the lux hilltop home where the new thriller was filmed. Edgerton, Bateman and Hall discuss how just trying to be polite can lead to some dark, disturbing situations — as chronicled in the film when Gordo (Edgerton) insinuates himself into the life of his childhood friend and his wife (Bateman and Hall).

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Bateman discusses why he's so good at playing an a—hole, a skill he's used to his advantage before but never quite like this.And we introduce them to the concept of "the California no" — rejecting someone by ignoring them or saying nothing at all — which is never a good idea.

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