Check out the new Hollywood Reporter roundtable interview with Quentin Tarantino, David O. Russell, Gus Van Sant, Ang Lee, Ben Affleck and Tom Hooper, in which the directors discuss tough onset moments, “difficult” brothers, navigating temper tantrums, early retirement plans and more. Full video and highlights below.
Last year’s complaint — from the media and members of the directors roundtable alike — about the lack of women on the panel seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Presumably Kathryn Bigelow, Ava DuVernay, Lynn Shelton, and Brenda Chapman were unavailable.
On working with brothers on set:
Tom Hooper: “I was 14 years old. I was directing my brother Ben in my second movie, Bomber Jacket… I’ve got 100 feet of film, which I’m running at 16 frames a second, which gives me a shooting ratio of about 1.2 to 1. And my brother suddenly realizes that he has a power over me that never in his life before he ever imagined, which is that if he intentionally makes a mistake on tape, my 100 feet is whittled down to nothing. And he literally had me in tears.”
Ben Affleck: “On the set [of ‘Gone Baby Gone’], [Casey Affleck would] go, ‘This is shit.'”
On temper tantrums:
Quentin Tarantino:“The telling of the story, dealing with the actors, dealing with the cameramen and everything — to me, that’s the easy part, that’s the part where I think, “I was meant to do this.” It’s just the shouldering of the entire production and leading the army and inspiring everybody every day. You want to have a temper tantrum. You want to just say, from time to time, like, ‘I’ve f–ing had it.’ But you can’t say that because everyone really is counting on you to get them up that hill… We all get frustrated.”
David O. Russell: “Well, speak for yourself.”