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"They were coming out a week after Spiderman far from home and a week before lion king I mean could we have like one shot at it. You know that weekend doesn't go well for gone forever. That's not Camille Janis only problem. It is new movie stupor. He plays an uber driver who picks up a nightmare passenger. Who's got a gun? That's Today on the frame weekend. Plus for filmmaker Lewan diverse casting is key even if it surprises surprises movie goers type of American lead that we're used to but that's part of it you know people need to get used to these faces as being part of the faces of America re talk too long about her new movie the farewell and we'll say hello to the LUBEC sister's piano duo from Paris who wowed the crowd at the Hollywood bowl this week. It's the frame weekend from the Broadcast Center at K._P._C._C. John Horn stay with us. I'm John Horn and this is the frame weekend on this show we talked with creative people about how and why they do what they do and about how their art is shaped by the wider world a little later today. We're going to find out why Tuesday nights are taking off in downtown L. as little Tokyo but I this you know there's a sense that certain movies theatre movies and certain movies are not theater movies. I think comedy's our theater movies to Oh. Actor and screenwriter male Nanjiani hopes that audiences agree he's going for big laughs and his new dark comedy. It's called Stupor the film just open this weekend. It's an action packed buddy cop flick with with a twist Nanjiani stars as an uber driver and he picks up a total nightmare of a passenger and out of control policeman played by Dave Bautista. He's losing his eyesight and he's got a gun. AFTER JANIS 2017 seventeen breakout film the big sick he was looking for an entirely different kind of role for a follow up so when he came across the script for Stupor he thought he'd found one as long as he could help tweak the script a bit genuine motto of the L._A.. L._A.. Times was my co host for the frames recent summer movie special and Nanjiani was one of our guests we started out by asking him to explain the premise. That's driving the stupor storyline. An Uber driver gets kidnapped by a COP and forced go on an adventure to catch a murderous drug dealer and the cop can't see because he just got leasing just got Leszek. That's the thing I don't know why it's not in the trailers. The cop just got laid sick and so there's like over the course of the whole movie. He's got this chart that he's staring at waiting for it to get on blurry so I'm curious how this came about. Were you looking for something like this. After the big sick I sort of had a little bit of paralysis about what to do next ext so I decided that the only way I wouldn't put too much pressure on myself was to do something completely different that nobody could compare it to the big sick right and so I kind of was I want to do like a big studio action comedy type movie so then descript came in and I read it and I thought it was really fun and funny by was like if I want to do like an action comedy with guns and all this stuff there has to be a reason for it to exist like it conscious be that it's entertaining and so I actually talked to to Fox a bunch about it and was like hey. I think there's some like underlying themes in this movie that I think we should really bring up to the surface and if you guys are willing to do that then I think this could be a cool thing to do. We'd be able to talk about things you don't normally see in like a big action movie like this. That seems like such a guy movie toxic masculinity in men talking about their feeling exactly exactly I was like if we're doing a movie in twenty nineteen about out angry dudes with guns. We have to talk about that. I feel like we're obviously in a narrow where you know. Masculinity is under the microscope and we're really sort of figuring out. Most of the world's problems come from men who can't feel their feelings so it was like I think this is a great rate way to talk about that stuff in a movie. That's traditionally a very like man movie and for people who don't know what's tuber means what does to remain Camille so my character's name is Stu and Driving Uber so my boss calls Me Stupor to make doc fund me and it really gets under by skin cancel. It affects my rating icon trouble for stars lose this job. ooh Do right now that that you for this stupid you can stop calling me that he really loves you. I think that's it's a really fun too because we were like let's take all the male types and reconstructive so this guy is sort of the you know the petty tyrant type of guy and we do a scene where we deconstruct that where he's just like kind of lonely and feels bad and insecure about himself on you have a whole seen in a male strip club. Yes exactly Steve. How is the name of the guy that I talked to a bunch and it's funny? He's like Hillary Clinton Tattoo. She was up twelve points in August. We just wanted to take a a bunch of different types of men and sort of deconstruct. All of the stripper is talking about being honest with your feelings and you know not hiding. You need to tell her you feel a relationship cannot thrive without honest and you know he's been body shamed by his his boss for being like you know one percent body fat as opposed to point five right right. He looks great by the way I'll tell you I felt very inadequate in that locker room because it's like Ted of the most gorgeous hunks and then me like I notice I watched this movie a bunch of different audiences. My posture is so much worse in that scene than any other scene in the movie the match up of you and Dave Batista his persona has his outward appearance appearance like it it lends itself to a deeper deconstruction along those lines. That's what's interesting about him is that he looks like such a brute. You know he's so big and he's looks like a scary guy but he's the sweetest most sincere man have truly ever met he he is completely in touch with his emotions. In a way are characters in the movie are Kinda swapped. He's the one who's really comfortable being sincere and crying and really talking about his feelings whereas I was the one who was really cut off for myself for a long time and in the last four or five years I've been sort of trying to do the work of getting in touch with my feelings and feeling comfortable expressing something other than anger anger you know what is that about. I mean is that about things that you think you can do. Through acting where you can start understanding yourself better yeah I mean honestly was I started taking acting classes like a year before the big sick because I knew that had got to be able to access parts of myself that hadn't been able to access an taking acting classes. It's Kinda was like therapy. I realized that for years I didn't know how I was feeling why was angry about stuff and so in doing doing acting work for the big sick I realized like Oh. There's a lot of stuff going on inside me that I thought was not good to feel and so after the big continued doing that work on myself like I cry it almost every movie movie now and I went like fifteen years without crying at all. When this movie came along? I was like well. I think this could be an interesting way to talk about some of the things that I've had to deal with on my own when I was sort of talking to Fox about this. I don't want to take credit for this movie in any way. All that stuff was in there but I was like I see these characters as one needs to get angry and one needs to cry. So how do you do that and make what is a summer movie with like you know. I won't say car chases but there's some car action. There's a ton of violence. There's a lot of like what we would see in a big action movie. How do you make sure that that is responsible as well that you're not just kind of random? gunplay people are just getting mowed down because that's what you have to do a summer movie I mean. That's tricky right. That's tricky so it is a shooting movie. It is people with guns. It is it is car chases. Those things happen in movie and that's the language of this type of cinema but I but I was like my cocker should be anti doc. I was very adamant. I was like fire. Hold a gun in this movie. I don't want to feel cool or good about it. The only time I fire is once into the air when we went to do the poster shoot for the movie. The concept was both of us holding guns and I was like I'm not going to hold a gun. That's completely not what this character is so I'm honestly not trying to take a big stand against guns or anything. Obviously you see I think gun control is very important but you know Dave has a lot of guns and he's a very responsible gun owner and he's very comfortable around guns. I'm not comfortable around counts I wanted. I thought that that perspective should be in their drive. I'm sue how do you do can get you some bottled waters and Canadian chocolate. It was one of those things where I thought was getting five bars Amazon but I ended Koreatown no rea- town now hold on. I'm going to bang a UEY Hero Quick Doc. No don't got it. It's clear that uber was a willing participant in this movie I mean they are all over the film and yet they're these jokes about the driver like Oh my God he took the right turn. It's now four minutes two minutes. How much freedom did you have to actually make fun of ride? Sharing Services and Uber particular first of all did not pay us any money for those people think this is like an ATF ruber. I'd be like this is a terrible herbal admiral the driver get kidnapped. How is this a positive thing for Uber? They wanted to make sure that the APP was used correctly. That was there. They wanted to make sure that that technically everything we were doing in the movie would have happened that way in real life they weren't too concerned about US making fun of Uber like they were kind of cool with that but they wanted to make sure that it was an accurate portrayal Nanjiani co stars in Stupor with Dave Bautista. It's in theaters now. You're listening to the frame weekend. I'm John. Do you know what if Akita is no well. A lot of people don't and a lot of future generations won't because it's almost extinct the vikings are a casualty of fishing nets in the Sea of Cortes off Baja California. The Nets are there to capture another species of marine marine animal the Totowa by the Documentary Sea of shadows examines not only the rapid eradication of Akita but also the nearly intractable plight of local fishermen. We sat down with the film's director Richard Laud Connie at at the Sundance Film Festival where see shadows premiered and he started by telling us more about this small porpoise like mammal. The Makita is the smallest waylon earth. It looks like it's very cute. It looks like a cross between a pond the baron dolphin there's so few left after them so the first mammal that may go extinct in a decade when we started there were less than thirty left now. We believe there's less than fifteen left so they're really declining fast but DEV akitas just a symbol for a much bigger story which is that the drug cartels tells the Mexican cartels in a Chinese mafia based in Tijuana are attacking this habitat of the Makita because they're looking for something else that cocaine of the C- the Toba and they liked that so much because the swim bladder ladder of this fish can fetch up to one hundred thousand dollars in China so they discovered it as an alternative to the drug trade so this is why story so big and dangerous because they're attacking a notion that Jacques Cousteau called the aquarium of the world and they are destroying it just to get this swim ladder and nobody was looking like when we did the IRA game the elephant crisis was known and it was a big deal and you know everyone loves elephants. This one was a silent war that no one knew about but it was so deadly because tens and hundreds of thousands of animals being killed in slaughtered and I was five hour south of Los Angeles Richard when I think about the challenges in making this movie obviously the first one is the by Keita. They're very few they're hard to find and there's certainly hard to document and then you're working in an area where there are people who don't want you to document what's happening and they don't want you interfering in their business and those people are powerful and they have guns so what were the biggest challenges is for you in trying to document what was going on outside of San Filippo. The Beach Chattan starts with that. Do you need a lot of money to make a film like that because Justice Security that goes into keeping us all safe because every day that we spend there we were noticed more and more and we try to pretend to be like a natural history kind of film team just doing a film on wildlife right but they were wondering why are they on the sea shepherd ship which is fighting the cartels house and why are they so interested in what's going on here so yes. It became the most dangerous film I've ever done. I set that as well. When did the every game they started sending us more clear messages that they do know who we are and especially the really bad guy? <hes> Oscar Para started to <hes>. Let us know by sending us a messenger saying. Why don't you interview me but we were like Oh? We're not going to do that because he had actually just murdered soldier in some Philippa a few weeks back caught on videotape too caught on videotape and we thought it could be a trap. There's a moment in the film where you were filming. If I keep that is in distress and to watch what is happening to this Keita's your cameras are rolling and the marine biologists who are trying to care for it is unbelievably difficult to watch because this is an animal. That's not only almost extinct it is in some ways kind of anthropomorphic and it's a it's an animal that has almost kind of human qualities in its face. Can you talk about without revealing what happens in the scene what was like to film that sequence where you see this Keita who is struggling to stay alive you know it took five weeks of us being out there on fifteen boats with ninety scientists who we're the best in the world to try to find them. You know for us. It was this journey this rollercoaster ride of emotions of being with a scientists looking for this animal which they wanted to rescue they wanted to extract all of Akitas and put them into a safe zone so they can stay alive because the thousands of ghost nets were going into catch to our killing everything they're like walls of death but yeah being close to that Makita that after five weeks was caught was was incredible. It was the first time Akita was even filmed like we were the first film team ever ever to film this animal in its entirety that was like Oh my God but then also watching it struggle with captivity that was emotional like you cannot believe it was tears of joy I to actually sleep find one bring it to safety but then also watching how it was struggling it was <hes> big rollercoaster for US emotionally direct KITA. There's maybe a dozen of them left. What would you say to people who say what differences the Fakih to make to the world? You know <hes> we have a responsibility I think to care into not look away and this story is remarkable because it is a small story but it's a small story that you find over and over again across the world. I want everyone to start looking at this and say like this can't happen like I can't allow this. I'm angry. I want to inspire especially the young people like our our hero Jack Drawn to these twenty one and he's risking his life every day and he's out there facing poachers and he's I angry and he's not ready to accept so he's fighting and to show here is like that I think it is very inspiring and empowering for young people who I think do"