18 Burst results for "Jay Roach"

Charlize Theron on the Power of ‘Bombshell’

The Frame

07:21 min | 10 months ago

Charlize Theron on the Power of ‘Bombshell’

"But we're GONNA start today with Charlie's there. She's The star. Dr Producer of the upcoming movie bombshell Ferron Plays Megan Kelly in the film in her time at Fox News and later with a very brief stint then on the today show on NBC. Kelly came under fire more than once for some controversial comments that another person claiming it's racist to have a white Santa you know and by the way for all you kids watching at home. Santa just is white but this person is just arguing that maybe we should. We should also have a black Santa but you know Santa is what he he isn't just so you know we're just debating. This movie bombshell focuses. Not only on Kelly but also on other women at the network including former Fox. News host Gretchen Carlson. She Sued Fox News head. Roger Ailes for sexual harassment. But she wasn't alone ails harassed. A number of women At the network bombshell was nominated for four SAG awards this week including Best Ensemble cast includes Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie. I talked DOC TO CHARLOTTE. Is there in the morning that the SAG nominations came out. I want to be cool and talk like I'm just so not affected by any of Finney was pretty fascinating and it was really great. It was a great moment. This this film only exist because of the ensemble. How would you describe what this movie is about it? It's a movie about a group of very unlikely women who if you were you know writing a fictional story you would not necessarily cast as your central characters to tell a story of taking down the biggest media mogul And yet they did. Why were they unlikely? Do you think we'll because I think a lot of them You Know Gretchen. And and Megan had made some comments almonds prior to all of this about sexual harassment that I found not necessarily helpful to the cause of a lot of women who are experiencing sexual harassment. I think there there is a conservative conservative view on sexual harassment is. How do you believe women? How do you know what's true? How the emphasis is always on doubting the victim them doubting the woman and I just thought it was interesting that they had had those views before in the past about sexual harassment? Megan Kelly famously. Asli refused to be called a feminist. You know they are somewhat than most unlikely feminists that you will find. No one Megan Kelly had said had some very problematic things about campus assaults and whether or not the men were not believed and that the women were believed to easily. I guess exactly a harsh but fair way to raise her position. You read Charles Randolph script for bomb. Show what was your reaction and what was going on In your professional career when you came across it you know I was We had a lot of things at Denver and Delilah by my production company and Development and we very strangely really. We were In Development on a project with Jay Roach who ended up directing Bombshell and we read it and just really I really loved it. I mean you have to understand. The script was written. Pre Time's up pre Harvey Weinstein. There wasn't any of what is out there right now in our in our culture as far as conversation it's it felt somewhat Story in its own silo But but people. We're definitely kind of whispering about a lot of what was about to come out and so you could feel it. You could feel there was like kind of like under the this bubbling that was happening in the pot was about to boil over. We definitely felt that and so when we read the script we were aware I mean we. Nobody could predict how big all of this would be but we were aware that there was something timely about the script. It's like we're telling women Golan speak up for yourself just know the entire network is with Roger. No one will believe you. They'll call you a liar. Oh and as for your career you want the Simon's airtime go ahead call the paranoid man who decides your salary pervert and do that. On a anonymous hotline. He controls on a phone. has a contractual right to record. Jesus Christ you Think Women Are Idiots. We're talking with Charlene Darren. Who is an actor in and and producer of the new movie bombshell? was there a point where you felt. You found something from with inside you as an actor that connected you on some level to Megan Kelly. That wasn't part of her physical appearance. Yeah I mean listen when we started. I'd never ever thought I would ever say that much in common with Megan can Kelly. We have different point of views on on on a lot of things. So we'll just leave it at that But I through research. We started realizing that she was talking about a lot of Things that I could relate to as a woman in my industry strea- you know we definitely live in a world where men are rewarded and applauded for being ambitious and for being powerful and for having drive and for not taking no as an answer and and sometimes being the the not nice person in the room. Because that's the right thing to do you and it's right for the for the company and it's right for for your business and when women tend to have those qualities They very easily can be turned around and weaponized tonight against you or turn around into a negative and write a man is driven. A woman's a bitch. Yep there you go So that's that's where I think I emotionally tapped in to this part Megan. Kelly was part of something that was just really kind of mind blowing. That happened at Fox but The every day going to work the process the being called a bitch. When you're just trying to be the best at your job? All of those things felt very familiar to me as a woman. I related to those things and I could empathize empathize with a woman. Like that being a position that Sh- she found herself in having to struggle with the idea of coming forward and losing losing all of that and is that to you. The clearest line between what happened to make Kelly what happens to actresses in Hollywood. The difference between Roger Ailes Awesome Harvey Weinstein. Where do you see the most direct link between what's in this movie and what's in show business? Oh it's to me it. It's it's all a direct linked. I mean they I feel like this issue does not you know it doesn't behave or look at different in different places just because of the industry it is a non partisan issue this is this is really a a human right to feel safe in your workplace whether you work at Fox where you work at CNN or you work in Hollywood or you work at a bank in Minnesota or a mine in Minnesota. This is a human right that we should all have. Charlie's thanks so much for show. Thank you so much for having me. Charlie's Teheran Stars in and as a producer on bombshell it opens in theaters on December twentieth. You're listening to the frame weekend. I'm John

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"jay roach" Discussed on The Director's Cut

The Director's Cut

11:55 min | 10 months ago

"jay roach" Discussed on The Director's Cut

"She was like by temperatures twenty-five shed four kids. She didn't get to go to college. She's brilliant in high. The school was one of those women. who just I don't know was maybe just wasn't GonNa get to realize what she might have become. I don't know but she was. She was for me was my hero. You know my mom was my hero and she was Such a huge influence on me. So I'm always I'm kind of I. Thank her in the end of the credits. It's because she inspired me all the time and I wanted to make a movie that might make the might inspire women who maybe don't identify with the feminists like Megan Kelly. Kelly says she doesn't see herself as a feminist but might WANNA watch the film because there are women's Xi recognizes. She watched Megan Kelly. She watched Gretchen Carlson. Going through something that is not a partisan thing at all. It's something all women have to put up with. And maybe somehow you could cross over and just talk about it as a nonpartisan thing even though there's obviously a partisan donald trump isn't moving you know like a lot of that too but that's just getting at this in a very All over the place thing. But that's that's what I that's what I that's really what it was all about. That's why I love that. She was bisexual like yes so she's literally early doing this done and we talk. I talked about sorry. Got Off track but that was That's part of what went on and talking tomorrow. Ah She's so just tapped into storytelling. She totally got the character and she had a lot of questions and she. Also it's been raised in a Christian family. Margo so and she. I understood the idea of compartmentalizing. Different categories of her different aspects of her life to somehow cope with them. She had she charles both. If she was in a different world she probably would just be fine being gay and she didn't but she but here is like I'm not gay. I'm just this is just a thing we're just having a thing. Quick Anecdote is very similar to my own experience. I was like my sister was like. Are you gay and I was like no sleep with women and she was like. That's pretty gay in a pretty gay thing to do is continue. Yeah that's that's you. You understand where she's coming uh-huh and that's I I like that part about her character but she also there were young women even late in Raja's career who were being put through these horrible situations and the other women. Megan and Gretchen. Had some amount of power Gretchen gave up all her power and and took a huge huge risk. Megan had great. They both had great lawyers. Margot is not GonNa have support in this. She represents much mark the much more common homage story of women who are just trying to just trying to get some some slight move up and end up being manipulated that way A. and then have to face that they don't necessarily have those kinds of means to cope with it and and watching. I think her character becomes the more relatable. All sort of you know soul at stake. If you will as the story goes on Margaret's performance not seen in when she's being harassed With Roger the scene where she confesses to Kate Mckinnon on all the lighter seems to with Kate. I we've we've often said we should do a spin off of Martin. Just have such the great relief. Yeah Yeah it's like how good of a broadcast news. You know remake with with Margo as William hurt and Kate McKinnon. Is Holly Hunter just for free. I want to talk about that scene. Actually really quickly. I thought I just wanted to commend you. Because you know as a female filmmaker when you are approaching sexier you're approaching Especially as seen of sexual harassment or sexual assault for me in the back of my head is always this idea that I might be creating something that could be sexual lives later and so I want to remind myself of that. Even though that's not my attention you know. Of course my intention is to tell the story I just wanted to commend you. I thought that scene was shot so respectfully and so well I think there is something. Think about the camera very intentionally dehumanizing her and not making this about his Arousal by her but much more about almost casting her the way that she is for him because because yes he he feels that arousal. But you don't objectify that with the camera you're so far away. It's so awkward almost in a way. Do you WanNa talk at all about we. We talked about that even in post production. You know it was is definitely. It's so fascinating you you you are director and you clearly are thinking as I thought what every second of that. Because I didn't know how and listen. It's tough this whole film was tough as a man to figure this out I was working with so many great women and You know which are cast. But I let her Great Women Producers Dollar Studio Super Helpfulness and but that the tone uh Mike my my my advisors if you will in a figurative sense of humor all the women I had spoken to our or spoken to about other women who gone through this that the it was definitely not about sex. It was much more about power about taking her power away and putting you know he was so addicted to power that he he craved that obeisance. Is that how you pronounce that. Or whatever like obeisance I think it's like the people who pay tribute to him and give him loyalty craved that affirmation and the way to get it is stripped away from is literally an evil little choice to actually as evil. You actually take something from some on a little piece of her soul a little piece of her confidence a little and humiliate her to some extent he would never describe it that way and she might not even described it that way but that's what was going on and so it was very tough to to figure out to have the audience means being on that and not feel like we were enjoying looking at her that he was but that it was not about it is A. He's getting a rouse awesome. I even the resume. How loud breathing be like? How should that be and I did? I wanted it to be creepy like it's painful like it's excruciating cre- A B. But she's stuck there she can't we want to run with her. We WanNA take off. But she can't so it was just it was it was actually we just so smart and I you know i. I don't ever operate the camera usually i. I have such great Sam. I came up through camerawork as a out of film school. Oh but I love working with. DP's and operators that. I don't have to talk too much. I just they know what they see. They see the scene. They know what I'm going for Barry Barry Ackroyd. RDP shoots in a way that that I chose him. Because you'd sweep with an eye. We push together in further. which is that? He always suits. Oppositional official angles rarely shooting the same side. And then turn around so no one is ever off camera this what I like about it the actors. There's never borough thing where the actors are just kind of holding some back because they're off camera and then when they get on camera finally deliver because then the other actors never get that up to speed rhythm to them on the other person some. Give it off camera. But and it's it's like watching a play and they're staying alive performance. They can't they just. Don't get to ever slow down. But I knew I didn't want to put her through that a lot of takes so I said let's do three cameras that we used to do to. Let's all operate the third camera and I was shooting that wide shot. That was. I thought it was important to show the change in distance between the tops and I was in the room and usually right next to the one of the campus but I was. I felt more in the room and it was so disturbing. I was worried I would blow the shot because I did have to. reframe wants to widen have to do much but and it was the one of the most I don't know it's just a devastating experience for all of us in the room because John Lithgow was one of the nicest human being say I was GONNA say. He's either. He must either be the nicest person or like a secret bummer. No a deep generous generous He before the film he said I need all the contact for all the actors and actresses in the film because I need to call them and say listen. I'm going to use a really the horrible stuff in this movie and I I love all of you and I'm I just know it's coming from wanting to get the character right but I'm gonNA. I'm GONNA come at you in this really dark way. and that's generously was so all of us. Were he got to that place. Rousseau convincing even in the room that it was just almost unbearable but again it was just yes. I heard those stories from those women in my mind talked about the spin. People would warn each other about beware the spin. Which is Roger asking you to stand up and turn around? Yeah it would sometimes be professional certain wages. Are you camera ready. And other times it would be this little one of the steps till you went past. You went over your own personal line where you would never cross as soon as you just went a little past it like lift your skirt up just a little higher. Then he knew he had you because then he could get you a little further further the next time. And now you were in You had a secret that he could use against you. And that's how that's how I just. I mean I really have to commend you guys. There's one last thing about that scene that I thought was so brilliant was that you know. His coverage is all kinds of his eye level. You don't like it's all like right with him so that we kind of get this sense of what he is looking at. But I loved that she was at this kind of almost like omniscient angle like our angle basically like there. Isn't anybody in that room except for us and I actually felt a little bit of that complicity there and I think that one of the things that the film does so well is that everything is so massey. SC But obviously intentionally but it feels so like all. The hand held all this stuff that when Kate kind of says. You know I can't talk to you about you know she. She tries to confide in her and she says don't tell me I don't WanNa know like this. I think you captured something in those those environments that is very cult like which is You know we aren't going to talk to each other and we aren't going to support each other because I don't want him coming at me. So if he comes at me for this person I absolutely will be like. I'm glad that that's not happening to me. You know like and and you start kind of like trying to avoid essentially either the gays or the anger or the destruction did that inform anyway point being seeing how how with with. What's your name very awkward? How did you? What did you guys discuss ahead of time in pre production? Did you feel like coming from that. Comedy perspective effective of like. We've got two cameras. Were just going to capture it. We want everything live all the time. which is so Gets you those kind of veep kind of funniness and even the succession kind of funniness. You know or or did you guys kind of find it organically as you were moving through the show. Well a little not not not so much the comedy thing because we we knew some aspects of it would be It's Charles a script had a dark irony at the sense of absurdity absurdity things we hoped people would be okay with even though it's very sensitive subjects as they're serious subject because people do their life is.

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"jay roach" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

01:43 min | 2 years ago

"jay roach" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

"And he also helped coordinate other screenwriters we learned this from his daughters other screenwriters been blacklisted into writing scripts and he linked them up to producers willing film called the front years ago that was based on that now you had a you had a professor at usc who actually had been blacklisted who you were fond of did this do this part of your motivation you know i wish i could say that was the inspiration i was related to my interest in it later but i had forgotten about it eddie dmitry had been blacklisted and then actually went to jail for a few months and then came out and actually named names so he was a complicated part is hollywood ten story and he never really talked about much because he had he had been ostracized by both the right and the left now that he had named name names but but so he seemed in retrospect is i started do more research about him and other hollywood ten members he seemed kind of like a tragic figure that i got some of that feeling into through the the edgy robinson character that michael stuart played because still bark was a edgy robinson was also complicated like that he actually helped finance the legal fees of the guys who were blacklisted at first but over time he he couldn't work because he couldn't act under pseudonym and he he ends up going and testifying and so it was a very tragic kind of deal the devil he had to make late in life.

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"jay roach" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

02:26 min | 2 years ago

"jay roach" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

"Instead of trying to cover the whole thing and capture every aspect of something that goes on for many many months and a two hour four hour thing to find one point of view one chronological and even geographical box to stay in and let the audience figure that out in depth and not try to be clinton pieces actually really that would would have been really would have been really interesting another one of your recent films great film trumbull about dalton tremble great hollywood screenwriter who was blacklisted during the mccarthy era why did you take that on i read his letters from jail to his wife that was really what hooked me on that story i he's one of the most articulate poetic just one of the best writers i ever have read and i loved spartacus i love roman holiday and i just couldn't reconcile this guy who'd actually made fairly patriotic films during the war suddenly being portrayed as an enemy of the state you know and that that whole notion of how bad ideas are spread the the bad idea that was spread by the the sort of red baiting you know communist hunters at the time was that people were actively polluting the minds of americans through hollywood movies and it was all coming through these through these formerly communist screenwriters who were hypnotized americans that just i just wanted to understand that i didn't remember i knew about the mccarthy hearings but i didn't know much about the hollywood blacklist which was a whole separate thing and he wrote he wrote oscar winning movies under an alias because he was he was blind which wasn't i mean it was uncommon to win oscars it wasn't uncommon for hollywood writers to have to do that absolute here he actually began to embarrass the studio system late in the blacklisting presses started not only writing some really great films the brave one which he wrote under the name frank rich i may be flipping not he wrote roman holiday under one but i think i think brave on was frank rich.

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"jay roach" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

02:02 min | 2 years ago

"jay roach" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

"A performance trying to capture the humanity of something and this is the performance is just trying to satirize an and really powerfully and in this case it would it would require someone that grades to play donald trump you know to to somehow captures because i look at donald trump and the guy is in every sense in public i mean i'll never admit era everything he's involved in his the greatest ever he's this almost frantic self promoter but behind it seems this real element of just defense acuity and at much as with the johnson figure you know those two things living side by side and relating to each other makes it really compete more fragile i think even more of an ego and an identity that is so terrified of having any cracks in it that the propping up of the the exterior is so desperate all the time you know in trump's case i think johnson was a little more like screw i'll do it and i'll i'll get away so have spent his lifetime in the process of governing and actually took it serious ankle get things done in a really competent way i think i think it would be i actually have had advocated even if we're going to go forward with that project waiting quite a while because i don't i wasn't sure you know people would want to see trump portrayed anytime soon and that there would be anything don't say a lot and i feel like especially with some of the books that are written you know you you pretty much your worst fears have been confirmed anyway about what goes on in that white house so it might have been tough to to say something i actually thought maybe telling the story of that campaign from from clinton's point of view might have been an even more interesting way to go at it and i found in my making my films that could have been a series and we might have done it as limited series that if you can sort of hone in.

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"jay roach" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

02:05 min | 2 years ago

"jay roach" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

"If they kept in his mind making trouble that the white voters would turn away and he he was making pretty bold move kind of walking away from all the southern dixiecrats he predicted accurately that that the south would walk away from the democrat party but he was you know some of that behavior towards civil rights movement was not justifiable it was it was pretty atrocious but he was he you know you would argue us i'm sure that he was able to do good for for that community as well because he understood the dynamics and he did change all of that in the south of for at least those years and he did as as young man teach in a hispanic school and did have some visceral sense of the injustice complicated guy yeah did incredibly you know noble things and then had this other side that speed complicated guys i know that you were slated to do a film to the follow up to game change by john how men and and mark halperin mark himself got caught up in the harassment scandal that project scrapped how would you tell that story though how would you tell the story of donald trump how what kind of who would play him in your mind's eye and what and how would you depict him well i don't i don't know who we we look we've looked we did look while we were working on it for for candidates i'm not sure who's the best person to play him there have been some great caricatures i remember when we were casting for the sarah palin movie tina fey everyone said why don't you get tina fey and we were like oh we're actually wanna do something a little different and one of the reasons why i put a scene in the film where tina fey as sarah palin being watched by julianne moore as sarah palin i always pictured real sarah palin watching the two doubtedly did but that to show the different this is a.

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"jay roach" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

01:55 min | 2 years ago

"jay roach" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

"And again a really interesting guy to get to know and to relive an anxiety dream i there is a common characteristic of almost every film i've worked on except the austin fills me but they're all in a way kind of reliving a nightmare asking the audience to come into the nightmare and live with me because these anxieties i felt but i could empathize project into people like steve schmidt iran claim what it might have been like and then try to report trae that to the audience but steve schmidt's nightmares thing realizing he kind of made a deal with the devil and now had to cope with it for that that whole campaign was really powerful to me and i really great cautionary tale almost shakespearean you know the way that worked up yeah yeah you you also made a great movie in two thousand sixteen or release when called all the way based on a play that bryan cranston had done on broadway and you brought him in it to the screen and it was about another sort of circumscribe period in the life in the presidency of lyndon johnson from the time that he became president as a result of sas ination to his reelection talk about that project and and lyndon johnson has a character i again the easy way and for me at the beginning but it went past that in this case was the anxiety dream of being the accidental president and coming into the white house with a lot of the kennedy people who he knew hated him and talked about as well and the image of the martyred hero ick young president president hap solutely and just yeah being the guy from texas who.

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"jay roach" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

01:40 min | 2 years ago

"jay roach" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

"Oh yeah look at the shows that have been shut down but if someone is behav look women deserve safe place to work there in titled to respect and and per you know perpetual respect not not situational like you know i applaud the push it's got some awkward collateral damage that goes on but i'm really happy well maybe it'll change it i just perceive that there may be there may have been a you know there was too big to fail on wall street them too big to fire in hollywood particularly in the middle of projects let me take a quick break and we'll be right back with jay roach i would love to talk we could talk for hours on that subject there are few more of your films i wanna get through you did game change in two thousand and twelve off of the two thousand eight election now that election was largely remembered for the election of barack obama i african american president it was kind of a monumental thing you know i say that i i realized as i think i was i was i just i was on the caboose that but i was there but my point is this when you did the movie it wasn't really about barack obama it was about john mccain and it was about specifically the choice of sarah palin why did you choose to make that the movie about that sort of a narrow portion of the store.

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"jay roach" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

01:46 min | 2 years ago

"jay roach" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

"Yeah it's one of the reasons why i tend to believe every woman who's come forward what they risk to come forward is is is you wouldn't just do that to get attention you you know you so i first of all give those brave women who've come forward i'm in the benefit of the doubt right off and i don't have a good answer for how it's not wasn't how everybody didn't know about i the way i work on my sets first of all i have a lot of women heading a lot of the departments especially line producer and ad sometimes which is very often the the people who are in charge of how the process works i'm in charge of the creative stuff but they're the people running the set you know the first is visually and when a woman is running it the if act if someone had one of those women at come to you and said one of your lead actors could have been kevin spacey but you've worked with some really stars was guilty of this what would you do and what would the 'financiers behind your productions do knowing what it me yeah i'd say it's a good question i don't know i would be i would certainly confront the person i only confrontation i've ever actually had with a movie star where i was actually yelling at the person was not over sexual harassment which is bullying another another actor on a woman actor and i like to think i would be completely intolerant of it if you're in the middle of shoot it's it becomes complicated how you how you rap.

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"jay roach" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

02:04 min | 2 years ago

"jay roach" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

"Priority for al gore via sleep the tax cuts and so on so it was a very anybody who doesn't think elections are meaningful should look at that one which was determined by what five hundred twenty eight votes at the end of the day in in florida kevin spacey played ron clean in that movie as you mentioned before i was struck when i saw the film how much he had kind of incorporate runs idiosyncrasies ron has a tendency to stare at the table during meetings rather than looking at the person who's speaking and so on and spacey god all that and it was incredibly impressive that's always impresses me about actors about how they can so fully inhabit the people they are yeah you know he retrieves studied ron he knew he didn't great mimic you don't look very much like right you know ron ron sel has a few more lb's and and a whole different hairline so he he decided to compensate for that by getting to know him we as we do on all these films if there's anybody around who was actually around during the actual star we try to get with them and have the actors get with them and he he got to know ron and he kevin to very confident charismatic person and something he and i talked a lot about it i just said i i've talked a lot with ron he doesn't come at it that way he's he's he's a very thoughtful person so i need you to shrink you know and then grow through the course of the film which is the arc that that ron's character goes and kevin embrace that do you i can't pass this without talking about kevin survey see and what's happened to him or with him and this explosion that has rocked hollywood rocked washington all the centers of power and i imagine will end up touching.

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"jay roach" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

02:01 min | 2 years ago

"jay roach" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

"American politics right as he was buying direct tv so they they cancelled us but we drifted down into doing it much lower budget showtime anyway it was all part of my own political interest we but we got to hang out with politicos every weekend we would go and talk i think i met jim margolis i knew jim mongols through someone else but great media was my partner in both obama campaign and laura laura burke burkhalter from normally ears a whole bunch of really cool people and even frank luntz came in a little while and it didn't quite the show didn't quite get the attention i think it would have been done the way we were going to do it at fox originally but at the time i remember the media saying that's half the people were saying that's a terrible idea makes a mockery of politics and the other very big journalists said no this is great show how much it is show and and maybe actually by going back to a grassroots recruiting thing we were looking at religious people military people educated you know who's everyone says anybody can be the next president you know at that time didn't seem as as asked does now exactly but so somehow sydney pollack remembered that and he he was prepping he was prepping recount he'd actually cast come spacey and hadn't really got to do much more than just the casting and he found out he had cancer and so he impala called me and asked me to take over so it was a very complicated situation but he was he said look i think i can beat this and i'll be around but i just need you to do this so to work with sydney the lead character in that story was a friend of mine ron clain who had been al gore's chief of staff he ultimately would be joe biden's chief of staff in the white house again brilliant lawyer.

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"jay roach" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

01:44 min | 2 years ago

"jay roach" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

"Clarence might be at stake all the time and that professional paranoia might dad was he started working in antiterrorism stuff later and his life it was always a sense of be careful what what you doing and let me know everything about your friends like always felt like he was investigating my friends and my my sister's boyfriend's that's the characters the character now i didn't write the script but i i did help them hone in on what that meant to be across from someone who could detect any slight bit of sneaky nece and i when i when i went to pitch it to them i wanted ben stiller because i thought ben is ben is my avatar in that he just always looks like he's really worried about being caught you know something he just looks guilty even when he's innocent so i i often feel deniro was the perfect yeah it's such deniro so interesting because he had such he's had such a rich career in all of these dramas you know and then had like a second career analyze this and you're uhhuh and he as a as a comedic act midnight ron to yeah he he was perfect for us too because i felt like you would no matter how softy was on the outside with his soft cashmere sweaters and his cat and his cool waspy wife blythe danner he underneath he would seem like a killer you know and that you you could bury it and it's much sweetness on the outside as possible and you'd still be terrified of him in fact more terrified because there was this outward mask.

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"jay roach" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

01:52 min | 2 years ago

"jay roach" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

"This guy there said no i and and mike certainly had faith in his great marketeer i always said mike myers would be the perfect guy to come in and consult on political campaigns because he's a catchphrase wizard baby swing not all those the wayne's world ones plus the shaggy delegate like he he but he he's he's a real he's a well i i don't know if he would want that he would be a great images canadian anyway yeah that's right that's right yeah so and then so now you've established yourself as a comedic director and you know you got you got into another franchise here mini franchise with the meet the family meet the father the parents right meet the parents what a great movie i thank you i i did not predict comedy as the way i would go you know i had i done light comedy and film school but mostly serious stuff and then i'd only written science fiction drama all through those years and i love comedy but i just never knew i had any opt to toot for and fortunately working with mike was like having a you know co director he was such a brilliant consumption guy but he let me direct the style and direct all the other actors and and help him with his thing when i stepped into meet the parents it was a whole other deal because it really they really said this is up to you you to figure this out and so because you earn that through the other the austin films and so that was once that kind of worked i went oh man and it turns out that it's it's it's a small group of people that they let direct big comedy so it was an very high pressure situation because they're spending a lot of money.

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"jay roach" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

01:41 min | 2 years ago

"jay roach" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

"What people believe in you mentioned earlier that you've got your big break with the austin powers movies you you came into that through your relationship with mike myers who was of course the the genius behind the character so you would not have been but for him you would in that been a light hollywood would not have taken a risk with you but for him i think that's right i was working i written a couple of tv shows that got made and i was working my way up i probably would have had some kind of career but it took such a huge leap when he said and how it came about was our wives have gotten to know each other and then i we started talking and we loved monty python movies and old obscure kind of sixties and seventies hop european pop art all these very odd off center films and he said i'm doing this character and so he had me read the script and i gave him some notes and he was so taking it back that i dared to write a bunch of knows nights here's what's great about it but here's some other stuff that you may be could think about and he had told me help me find a director you've seem to have a good i you your shooters i and so i was combing through commercial director reels of people because he thought maybe it would have a style and i picked one four him and he said you know what actually i put you up for the job let's see dick cheney trick.

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"jay roach" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

02:23 min | 2 years ago

"jay roach" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

"Well you know if you work with political people you used to take a year off during the election years so i got a lot of friends who had a great seven year college yeah but so what interests me is you toiled in relative anonymity for a decade yeah filming writing doing second unit directing all the sorta all the little kind of i don't wanna say grunt because their creative jobs but all the kind of jobs that that you don't hear about yeah i didn't i i made a foul short film that got a little attention in sort of the awards world right as film finished film school but i wasn't good enough writer to take a meeting and they would say where's where's your script and i didn't have that so some of my friends got work right out of film school and i instead i started teaching i taught cinematography there usc for a few years i worked as a writing assistant which i always tell students who were curious how to break in is absolute best job in industry to break in because you're setting there typing up the writers knows but the director producer comes in the actors everybody you know comes into that writing room room and so that's what i did and i trained myself to write i was simultaneously editing and shooting some documentaries actually but anything to just just stay in it and and keep doing it turned out when i did finally get a big break in ninety six when i got austin powers i had done so many different jobs that once i got on the set i was completely that's what i wanted to hassle with saying oh i see what you're up against let me let me tell you what how this plays into soy and i see this department you know the cemetery the editor or the the writer which i always have onset i've been through what you're going through let's let's talk about so i did this i had this conversation on one of these podcasts with joe madden who's the manager of the chicago cubs guy who led them to the world championship he spent fourteen years in the minor leagues as a scout as a batting instructor you know.

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"jay roach" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

02:19 min | 2 years ago

"jay roach" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

"Yeah although you've made up for because you've you sharing a lot of history these days through your films yeah but you also started doing photography there yeah how did that morph into film i'm really impressed with your research because i you know i i started working at a lot of work study jobs i'm worked in the film department cleaning sound heads and i you know sold ads for the newspaper and worked in the radio station and i found there was a dark room and basement of my my dorm i didn't even know is there by the fourth year i lived there discovered it and i started shooting for the paper shooting for my own sort of artsy instincts and just being in that room printing and watching the kind of magic as the image came to life you know in front of you and beginning to manipulate it i i just i've never had lost myself completely and anything like that before and so i haven't really done that i had one i haven't done anything artistic before i'd never my parents were such hard working people they had four kids but i'm twenty five and they they never really had a chance to to explore culture and those things and so we would go camping and we would do family stuff which is really important to us but great for my upbringing but wasn't a cultural place you know and so i i got exposed to those things through these extracurricular activities and then decided while this is this is really what makes me happy so i ended up doing a short film that summer yeah but there's a leap between taking still doing photography and and and film i started shooting i worked for this place call the stanford instructional television network which was run out of the engineering school right at the kind of early phases of silicone valley this seventy six seventy seven i mean obviously hewlett packard and all those places where they are but it wasn't it was nothing like what it is now and people were taking engineering courses via video and we were all.

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"jay roach" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

The Axe Files with David Axelrod

01:55 min | 2 years ago

"jay roach" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod

"And now from the university of chicago institute of politics and cnn the axe files with your host david axelrod jay roach became famous by directing some of the most popular comedies of our time the austin powers movies meet the parents meet the faulkners but lately he's better known for historical political films like recount game change all the way and trumbull jay was a fellow at our institute of politics recently and i sat down with him to talk about his career in film his interest in the histories brought to the screen and some of the historical figures that he's depicted jay roach welcome here and to the institute of politics were so happy to have you here so the thing that strikes me in just looking at your history is how unlikely it is no one would have necessarily surmised from your youth that you would be a big time film director to tell me about growing up in albuquerque well i grew up in a kind of working class family my dad worked for the defense industry they're at sandia labs on kirkman airforce base sandia labs is affiliated with lawrence livermore and los alamos and he locked going on their fifties and sixty yeah a real cold world cold war childhood if you will it was can i ask what what what exactly he did he would you have to shoot me he does he did worry about telling us a lot of time so i don't actually know everything he did there's an aspect of meet the parents when we did with robert de niro's gaster who was so professionally paranoid.

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"jay roach" Discussed on The Tony Kornheiser Show

The Tony Kornheiser Show

01:36 min | 3 years ago

"jay roach" Discussed on The Tony Kornheiser Show

"Just in general right lots of great ideas lots of great scripts lotta people and things and turnaround for years and years when someone like jay roach who directed the movie who had done recount for hbo at that point which is very good when j j had wanted to make a movie about palin in he'd had this idea when the book when he book came out and he founded the hvo the rights to it he went to them and said i wanna make this and when a powerful director goes to someone like hbo or showtime or or did just in general having a powerful director attached to something increases the odds of getting made by a lot and so when j said this is the movie i wanna make we were like just make a movie like yeah this this means that there's a chance to selectively get made in so we were thrilled we just a great vitesse zillion you didn't feel a demean cheapened any word like that you didn't feel at all of this work that we did on the the the broad outlines and the small strokes of this entire campaign and now it's going to be about her you didn't feel like what are you guys doing i think j had a really compelling argument for why he thought she was an amazing story well and we agreed yet let you know i think we could have been moving john edwards and back i'm still would like to see some and make a move you john edward story in and get incredible story and i think someone will probably at some point make the clinton obama movie but you know you have obama elected which from a historical perspective is enormously important man it's not in the movie i totally agree and yet here the reality is it's two hours and if there's an artist whose passion is wiz attracted to a certain story and he was particularly attracted not to the two things that were qian that movie one of which was.

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