He’s a huge personality, there is no equivalent,” director Richard Linklater told Reverse Shot’s Eric Hynes in a “Talkie” filmed recently at the92YTribeca earlier this week. Here’s a guy who before his 26th birthday had re-invented theater, radio, film every medium of his day – the world was his oyster. Welles readily admitted you could be a great man and a mediocre individual and he saw that himself…”
He is, of course, speaking of Orson Welles, the man at the core of his latest film, “Me and Orson Welles.” Set in New York in 1937 over one week, the film follows Richard (Zac Efron), a young aspiring actor who suddenly finds himself in the center of the Orson Welles Mercury Theatre Company on the eve of the opening of Welles’ historic staging of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” During this week he finds romance with a worldly older woman, becomes immersed in a creative experience few are afforded and learns the downside of crossing the imperious yet brilliant Welles.
“The Mercury Theatre is 110 years old… you can feel it,” says Linklater during the five minute clip. “Me and Orson Welles” opened Wednesday, November 25 in select locations.
Produced by: Eric Hynes, Jeff Reichert and Damon Smith
Interview: Eric hynes
Camera/direction: Jeff Reichert
Editing: Eric Hynes Jeff Reichert
[Reverse Shot Talkies is a series of unconventional, site-specific video interviews with filmmakers, programmers, critics, and more. Informal, playful, and always revealing, Talkies are not just antidotes to the traditional Q&A format but also unique short films in their own right.]