With four heavyweights anchoring the cast of “The Big Short” — Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt — you might think it would be something of a challenge for director Adam McKay to wrangle all those egos, particularly when directing his first “serious film.” But as he tells EW, quite the opposite happened.
“There’s such a difference between people that are establishing themselves and people that are established. These guys are all so successful that they most of all just appreciate each other. So there was no real feeling of competition or territorialism going on, but there was a feeling of everyone’s got to be on their game because everyone respects everyone around them,” he explained. “The other secret to this movie is beyond the sort of known actors that we have, the ensemble around them — Jeremy Strong, Rafe Spall, John Magaro, Finn Wittrock, Hamish Linklater — these guys were incredible. That was the cool thing to watch, as soon as we starting going — Ryan Gosling’s a player, he’s an actor. And it became this ensemble spirit that was really cool to watch develop.”
The result is a movie that is building some Oscar buzz following its AFI Film Fest premiere (read our review), with the dramedy tracking the wheelers and dealers who saw the housing crisis that crippled the economy coming.
“The Big Short” opens on December 11th. Check out four clips from the film below.