If there’s an heir to Stanley Kubrick’s place in Hollywood, especially the filmmaker’s insistence on taking many, many takes of the same scene, that man would have to be David Fincher. The Fight Club The director is a notorious perfectionist who insists on doing hundreds of takes on a single scene until everything in the scene works to his satisfaction.
Apparently, this pursuit of perfection extends to Fincher’s personal life. In a recent interview with Jodie Foster for his podcast Marc Marron revealed that he saved a two and a half hour interview with Fincher on a hard drive that he is not allowed to publish because Fincher felt he did not do the interview well enough.
“I had a two and a half hour conversation with [Fincher]. And he didn’t think it was right. He wouldn’t let us release. So I’m in this two and a half hour conversation with David Fincher. He’s like, I don’t know, let’s wait cause I think I could do more … He seems like that perfectionist, you know, tormented guy. “
For her part, Foster is also very familiar with Fincher’s obsession with doing better. The actress played the main role in the filmmaker’s offer of 2002 Panic room. According to Foster, Fincher’s obsession is bearable because he has the talent to support her.
“He just makes me put my arms around him and tell him you know what, it’ll be fine. Like Chillax. And I love him for that. I love him for being so dedicated. And he gives 100,000 Times more than anyone else in this movie. I mean, and he can do any of our jobs better than we can. I mean, he’s a better actor than me. He’s a better prop master. He’s a better DP. I always bow just in front of someone who is really that talented and dedicated. But it’s hard to be David Fincher, I don’t want to be him. “
While Foster seems to be forgiving of David Fincher’s way of working, not all of his employees feel the same. In particular, Jake Gyllenhaal, who starred in Fincher’s 2007 American mystery thriller Zodiacwas so fed up with the whole process that he later remarked, “You get one take, 5 takes, 10 takes. Some spots, 90 takes. But there is a break point. There is a point where you go: ‘That is what we have to work with. ‘But we’d turn things around. So there came a point where I would say, what am I doing? Where’s the risk?’
Regardless of the divided reaction of its actors, with the critical recognition that Fincher’s latest film received DeficiencyThe filmmaker’s intense methods are clearly still working for his career. Let’s hope Fincher learns to relax a little when it comes to non-filmmaking and eventually allows Marron to get his interview out. This message comes from Marc Marons WTF podcast.