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PHOTO GALLERY: Jason Bateman, Scarlett Johansson and More Toronto Film Festival Stars, In Their Own Words

Indiewire has covered the Toronto Film Festival for nearly two decades, but TIFF 2013 was a first for us: We teamed with Movies on Demand and photographer Daniel Bergeron to create original portraits and video interviews from some of the festival's best actors, filmmakers and other luminaries.

Ron Howard
Daniel Bergeron Ron Howard

Ron Howard, Director, "Rush" 

"You put together a project and an idea, you make the film and one of the reasons that it's an emotional high-wire act is you finally have to share it. You have to have the nerve and confidence to do it. I'd say listen, keep your ears open listen understand what the feedback is and process it. Put it through your filter. That's what these stories are. It's always a matter of taking a lot of input and possibilities and focusing it into something and sharing it with people and saying, 'What do you think?'"

Chris Hemsworth
Daniel Bergeron Chris Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth, Actor, "Rush"

"One of the first conversations we had -- I was shooting 'The Avengers' at the time and it was about how Thor was going to fit into a Formula One car. I wrote Ron an email and said, 'I'm not going to turn up that size, I'll drop the weight.' I didn't have much time to do it so it was overtrain and undereat. It led to a pretty moody existence. I think it fed into the performance."

Daniel Bruhl
Daniel Bergeron Daniel Bruhl
Daniel Bruhl, Actor, "Rush"

"You hope that the living person likes you. And he is so undiplomatic and after the first meeting after five minutes I saw the smile on his face and thought, 'OK, he likes the idea of me playing him.' But the first conversation on the phone was terrible. He said, 'Yeah, I guess we have to meet now. Just bring hand luggage to Vienna so if we don't like each other you can piss off right away.' So of course I was nervous when I flew to Vienna -- with my little bag." 

READ MORE: TIFF Review: ‘Rush’ Starring Chris Hemsworth & Daniel Brühl Finds Ron Howard In Top Gear

Next up: "You know what he liked? Goodness." 

This article is related to: Toronto International Film Festival, Filmmaker Toolkit, Amma Asante, Jason Bateman

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