In stark contrast to the tight-lipped promotional campaign for his new film, Darren Aronofsky was surprisingly candid during his spoiler-laden, all-lowercase Ask Me Anything session held on reddit. The “mother!” writer/director answered the usual mix of on-point and tangential questions, from which movie he considers a guilty pleasure (“Rudy”) to whether or not hot dogs qualify as sandwiches (“no,” the only correct answer).
He also fielded queries about his new thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, natch. Among them: why he’s been so secretive about it (“it’s a very very hard film to describe. it’s a very very hard film to spoil”) and what the writing process was like:
“it started with a five day burst of energy. a fever dream where i unleashed on my poor computer. i banged it out like driving a nail into a railroad track. afterwards we spent a lot of time trying to unpack it trying to make it more traditional. but it proved to be just like when you wake up from a vivid dream and you try to remember it but it disappears into the ether. ultimately that initial burst of five day energy was mostly preserved.”
Most surprisingly, he revealed plot details about the film — find them here if you’re so inclined.
Other key takeaways: His favorite recent movies include “The Tribe” and “The Club” (which is probably why he sought out Pablo Larraín to direct “Jackie”), though he loves “Rick and Morty” just as much; “of course” Randy the Ram dies at the end of “The Wrestler,” which has a somewhat ambiguous ending; Meryl Streep is the actor or actress he’d most like to work with; and he’s “dying” to make a comedy. Read all his answers here.