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Wes Anderson Reddit AMA – No One Is Better At Making Fun of Wes Anderson Than Wes Anderson Himself
Wes Anderson is a very particular man. He has a style and sensibility all of his own—one that he’s honed over decades to become one of the most recognizable filmmakers of our time. So it’s only natural that the guy would have a pretty damn good sense of humor.
That’s obvious in a hilarious new Reddit AMA, in which Anderson jokingly took on fan questions. Here are some of the best moments:
Q: “How is it you can afford so many AAA actors/actresses in a movie? I’ve always assumed its like ‘getting the gang back together.'”
You may think that but the truth is they are only AAA actors and actresses because they do my movies. Without me they all would have faded out a decade ago and I remind them of that often. We pay them very little and they sleep on cots that are all evenly spaced in Jason’s basement. Most of our production budget goes towards levels and rulers.
Q: “In Moonrise Kingdom, you had a little girl tell a little boy that she liked his boner. What are your next big plans?”
Well I was going to do a film that included tasteful fish beastiality but Del Toro really fucked me on that one. Had one drink with him six years ago and now he’s winning Oscars. Just saying.
Q: “Fuck, Marry, Kill: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman?”
I would marry all of them and we’d live in a big house with lots of kids wearing matching track suits and smoking unfiltered European cigarettes. Every morning Owen would be wow’d by Jason’s amazing French Toast recipe and Bill and I would just lay in bed and talk plainly while they work in the kitchen.Gosh, there I go dreaming again. Sorry. I’d probably fuck Owen and marry Bill. Sorry Jason, just process of elimination here.
Q: “You’re probably familiar with the sub /r/accidentalwesanderson. Do you have a favorite image that looks like your cinematography but wasn’t produced by you?”
There’s a scene in an older film called Corky Romano in which the main character finally has leverage over his two bully brothers, because in order to keep up his undercover operation to destroy evidence for their mafia family they have to play along while he fake arrests them surrounded by FBI agents. Corky takes the opportunity to give them a taste of their own medicine and attempts to fart in their face while he has them handcuffed on the ground.
It’s really an amazing shot. The camera is right at Chris Kattan’s butt level, right about where Chris Penn’s face would be. And you see his butt sway back and forth like the pendulum of doom and the camera is slightly angled upward as if to ask for salvation. It’s really an incredible scene. Rest of the movie is okay.
Q: “I’m a stringed instrument maker, and one of the things I’ve been working at is developing a style of my own for my instruments. I’m just curious as to what inspired such a distinct look, and what advice you can give to someone who’s working on developing an artistic style.”
I actually dabble in making instruments as well but I only use excess body hair and skin from the actors I’m known to work with. Something about Jason Schwartzman’s teeth rattling like wind chimes and Bill Murray’s beard hairs playing a bass line really gets me in the groove. So, I guess try taking inspiration from the things that already inspire you. Thanks for the question … It takes years of taking things off Murray’s body in his sleep. That’s really why he’s in all my movies. Easy access. Thanks for the question.
Q: “I WILL GIVE YOU $20M TO WRITE AND DIRECT BRIGHT 3 (BRIGHT 2 IS ALREADY SET TO BE DIRECTED BY PETER JACKSON).”
Make it 20mil worth of antique typewriters and furniture with names no one uses anymore and you’ve got a deal.
Q: “Does Owen Wilson say ‘wow’ a lot?”
He says it more thank you actually think.
Q: “Thoughts on the Rock?”
I’m literally the only person who’s movies he won’t do so I’m fine with him but what’s his deal with me? I’ve written him a role in every single film and when he drops out I have to rewrite it without guns or tits.
Truly, the man is a genius.