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Bond director, Sam Mendes, interviews your favorite directors

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The interview includes: Steven Spielberg, David Fincher, Ang Lee, Edgar Wright, Alfonso Cuarón, Joe Wright, Paul Greengrass, Joss Whedon, Rob Marshall, Christopher Nolan, Steven Soderbergh, Sofia Coppola, Susanne Bier, Alexander Payne, George Clooney and Roger Michell.


HAVE YOU EVER WALKED OFF A SET IN A TEMPER?
Christopher Nolan: I once tried, but nobody
seemed to notice, so I came back.


George Clooney: No. The reason is because
eventually you have to walk back on, and that
would be too humiliating.

WHAT IS THE MOST COMMON PHRASE YOU USE ON SET?

Cuarón:“Vamonos!” and “Who’s not ready?”

Alexander Payne: To the actors, “Great, now faster.” To the crew members, “If this were easy, I would have hired a relative.”

Fincher:“Shut the fuck up, please.”

WHAT ARE YOUR ON-SET RULES FOR THE CREW, IF ANY?

Soderbergh: No open-toed shoes.

WHAT’S THE MOST TAKES YOU’VE EVER DONE?

Spielberg: I did 50 takes on Robert Shaw assembling the Greener Gun on Jaws. The shark wasn’t working, so I just kept shooting to make the production report look like we were accomplishing something and to keep cast and crew from going crazy from boredom. It was a strategic indulgence.

Edgar Wright: I don’t think I have ever gone Kubrick crazy. So maybe 20 or so... But it’s usually six or seven takes.

Fincher: 107.

REAL EXPLOSION OR CGI EXPLOSION?

Spielberg: Saving Private Ryan boasts 100 per cent practical explosions.

Payne: Never done an explosion, but I have had explosive diarrhea, and that was very, very real. Good thing I have my trailer.

Coppola: I don’t think I’ve ever done any explosions.

WHY DIDN’T YOU JUST BECOME AN ACCOUNTANT?

Spielberg: I could never have been an accountant. I got a D in math.

Bier: Because I’ve never looked at a tax return without immediately losing consciousness.

Michell: Is it too late?



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