While the awards season can waver between excitement for the great movies hitting cinemas and excess from the endless campaigning, the real pleasure is in great filmmakers emerging from their production cocoon to talk about their work. THR has been doing a great job in rounding up some of the brightest talents and biggest contenders of the season for their roundtable talks. And their latest is no different.
Steve McQueen, Paul Greengrass, David O. Russell, Ben Stiller, Alfonso Cuarón and Lee Daniels sat down for a wide-ranging 54-minute conversation with the trade, and as always, there’s some fascinating stuff to be had. For example, the one movie Cuarón thinks he should’ve passed on and described as a “horrible experience” was “….’Great Expectations.’ That is a film that I should have not done. I passed many times, and then I ended up saying yes for the wrong reasons.”
Meanwhile, McQueen reveals that his path from celebrated artist to director was one that happened by chance. “I didn’t want to be a filmmaker. What led me in to wanting to make a film was [Irish hunger striker] Bobby Sands. That’s what made me want to make a film [2008’s ‘Hunger‘]. It happened in an organic way.”
Lastly, Stiller opens up and about this career both in front and behind the camera. “I’ve had this parallel career as an actor, and I’ve always personally felt more like a director. That’s what I’ve enjoyed the most and what I’ve always wanted to do since I was a kid. Over the years, I felt I started to make a certain kind of movie — comedies — which I love, but I’ve always loved drama, I’ve always loved all different genres,”he said. “When ‘Mitty‘ came along, it sort of opened up for me the filmmaking experience: ‘This is what I should be doing now.’ “
Thos tidbits are just the tip of the iceberg. Watch in full below and be sure to click here to watch the writers roundtable with George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Julie Delpy, Nicole Holofcener, John Ridley, Danny Strong and Jonas Cuarón in case you missed it.