Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA

Started by edison, January 18, 2008, 08:47:02 PM

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Drill

I love how he always calls him "Paul Anderson".

wilberfan

QuoteBoogie Nights is another movie of yours that's had a long afterlife. Why do you think that one has endured?
Like all Paul's movies, there's some real stuff in there. It's not really about porn; it's about choosing your family. If your blood family doesn't love you, you can choose another family. I know people in my own life who have done that, and that's a very powerful, self-loving thing to do.

But there's something else that's interesting about Boogie Nights. When it came out in 1997, it already seemed like an old movie. It seemed nostalgic because Paul shot it on Super 35 film, so it looked like the '70s and early '80s.

QuoteThere aren't many TV shows shot on film anymore. Do you prefer it to digital?
Yeah. What 35-mm. film does to a film set is break it up into 11-minute chunks, because you can't put more than 11 minutes' worth of 35-mm. into a magazine. So no matter what happens in a take, when that film runs out, you have to stop. I've done movies that are just digital, and it's very hard to maintain the moment between "Action" and "Cut" because it doesn't end — it goes on and on. You're 20 minutes into a take and you hear people outside the set walking around because they have to go to the bathroom.

The moment between "Action" and "Cut" is sacred. Everyone has to shut the fuck up for a second and give focus to what the actors are doing. Otherwise, what have we been preparing eight months for? We spent all this time, money, energy, and planning — location scouting, building sets, all of it — to get to that moment when the director says "Action." So it needs to be this heightened moment where we try to tap into something bigger. If it just seems like 30 minutes while we're riffing, it loses some of its power.

QuoteWhile I was preparing to talk to you, I watched Boogie Nights and Stan & OllieThe 2018 movie about the final years of comedy duo Laurel and Hardy, in which Reilly plays Oliver Hardy to Steve Coogan's Stan Laurel. on the same day. They don't have too much in common, but they're both about sea changes in the entertainment industry and performers at the end of their eras. What do you, a movie star, make of the sea change we're in now, as all of the attention moves to streaming TV?
I once might have said, "I don't know if TV is ever going to be as good as a movie. With advertising and commercial breaks and the speed at which TV productions work and the way budgets go, there's just less focus on quality." But then I saw Escape at Dannemora and realized I was wrong. If you have a film director and amazing actors, why wouldn't you want a story to be seven hours long? And then when corona kept everyone out of movie theaters, that was a nail in the coffin. It was a shock to the system when the ArcLightThe legendary Hollywood multiplex that closed its doors in 2020.  went under. Everyone was looking like, Wait, what is going to happen here? I think it might be time to start calling this business something else. It's not the film business. It's not the TV business. It's computer vision or something.

Drenk

Ascension.

WorldForgot


kingfan011

Anybody watch the Tom Cruise Cannes interview ties to Top Gun of course. You can find it on youtube.

First the thing that immediately comes across once you finish the 45 minute talk is how tightly coiled and in control Cruise is in the interview. The whole panel feels like the interview scene in Magnolia before it goes off the rails.

Second there is a weird part where the interviewer asks about Magnolia and specifically the death bed scene. Cruise deflects and basically shades Anderson by saying that Mackey was all his idea. He also never mentions Anderson by name probably because he thinks he's a SP

Yes

The thing about Cruise is that he's a sociopath--a control freak celebrity. And after the Will Smith fiasco, probably the last remaining control freak maniacal movie star adamant on projecting and conveying a curated image. He's nothing more than an instrument of brand entertainment.

Magnolia was the last performance he gave that was truly raw and vulnerable (Vanilla Sky is essentially a shrine to his persona), likely rooted in personal context he therapeutically exorcised via the role which makes it difficult to discuss. And then you factor in the whole Master situation, and he probably has a.. conflicted relationship with PTA to say the least.

Drenk

He's playing each frog in Magnolia too.
Ascension.

Tdog

Quote from: kingfan011 on May 18, 2022, 10:31:27 PMAnybody watch the Tom Cruise Cannes interview ties to Top Gun of course. You can find it on youtube.

First the thing that immediately comes across once you finish the 45 minute talk is how tightly coiled and in control Cruise is in the interview. The whole panel feels like the interview scene in Magnolia before it goes off the rails.

Second there is a weird part where the interviewer asks about Magnolia and specifically the death bed scene. Cruise deflects and basically shades Anderson by saying that Mackey was all his idea. He also never mentions Anderson by name probably because he thinks he's a SP

I just watched the Magnolia bit, it's at 21:00 mins in if anybody else is interested.

It's certainly a weird moment. He NEVER mentions Paul's name and then in the next segment he's all Stanley this, Stanley that with a big smile.

One thing to mention though is that the look of TJ Mackey was all Cruise's idea and I think that's what he was referring to (and yes he massively deflected). Originally Mackey was supposed to be a preppy, almost nerd like guy with glasses intended to be a visual resemblance of who he's based on.

Yes

Yeah, he bizarrely only refers to PTA as "he" or "him" in the weird 2 min or so tangent lol

Tdog

Since we are talking Tom Cruise interviews, did you guys know that Christian Bale's Patrick Bateman performance was inspired by watching a Tom Cruise interview on Lettermen? Bale said that "he just had this very intense friendliness with nothing behind the eyes, and he was really taken with this energy."

eward

Funnily enough, there's a scene in the American Psycho novel where Bateman runs into Cruise in the elevator of their shared apartment bldg.

I love Tom Cruise. Cannot wait for Top Gun: Maverick. I fully expect it to give me (us) that cherry pie, sweet momma baby...