Fukunaga pins his future on love of past
Cary Joji Fukunaga, the 33-year-old director of this year’s adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre — the book’s 28th adaptation to date – isn’t the first person you’d peg as an avid Civil War re-enactor.
Half Japanese, half Swedish, Fukunaga was born in Oakland, Calif., attended the University of California-Santa Cruz and, until recently, snowboarded actively. He looks to be neither apple-pie-fed nor dorky enough to have spent his free time as a teenager buying brogans and falling for a re-enactor’s daughter who looked particularly fine by the lemonade bowl in her crinoline dress.
But when Fukunaga is passionate about something, he goes full throttle.
“I love living history, and I once participated in a re-enactment with 10,000 people,” he said. He was sporting his Civil War boots, genuinely worn-in by days camping and on the field but matching his tousled-director look perfectly.