“I got a call from my agent and he said, ‘Do you know Terrence Malick?’ And I decided I would try to be a smarty-pants and I said, ‘Of course,’ but I had never seen any of his films. I was aware of his name like you’re aware of names like Atom Egoyan or Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, artsy-fartsy films unlike the things I’m in or write.” And so begins comic actor/screenwriter Thomas Lennon‘s (“Reno 911!,” CBS‘ “The Odd Couple“) amazing story to Business Insider about his single day shooting Terrence Malick‘s “Knight Of Cups.”
Lennon got the call to join the film for what would turn out to be a full day shooting a party sequence, but true to Malick’s form, there was no script, or even details about who the actor would be playing. Instead, it was expected that the actor would improvise in the moment.
However, at the end of it all, Lennon managed to appreciate the director’s approach. “[It was] the single most fun day I’ve ever had on a movie set ever. What I realized was, Malick loves to be on his feet and just making movies,” he said. “I don’t mean the editing, just the location, shooting a scene, and letting things happen. I mean, it was honestly an absolutely bats— crazy day. But I would have instantly come back and done it another day if the opportunity came up.”
You can see Lennon, briefly, in “Knight Of Cups” when it opens on Friday. And be sure to head to Business Insider to read the full story, because it’s terrific.