"He has a really tough life out there," Hopper tells OK!. "I didn’t see him as an evil man. I saw him as a person that was probably disciplined as strongly as a child and given a work ethic whether right or wrong, and that’s the way he treated people."
Hopper notes that the film reminds him of his own youth in a way. "Working that farm alone is not a joy," he says. "I was raised on a wheat farm in Kansas. I was raised in a similar situation and I was whipped when I was a kid if I screwed up. I wasn’ t spanked. That’s just the way it was.
"In the last 40 to 50 years we’ve been concerned with the fact that we shouldn’t punish our children. It was a way of life, certainly in these farming areas. He obviously has had a terribly hard life and he takes it out on his kids."