Friday, March 16, 2012

David Cronenberg talked about Rob & Cosmopolis at Queen's University Film and Media Courses (March 13th)

His film Cosmopolis, based on the novel by Don Delillo, is in post-production. It stars Robert Pattinson as a Manhattan millionaire.

The film was shot in Toronto, a favourite shooting location of Cronenberg’s.

“I’ve never shot a foot of film in the U.S., even though a lot of my movies are set there,” he said.

Toronto also provided a refuge for Pattinson’s international celebrity, he said.

“When we were shooting on the streets, [Pattinson] had a lot of fans crowding around, but he could go to bars and clubs in his street clothes and people didn’t recognize him,” he said.

Cronenberg said Pattinson has a deep knowledge of cinema with a talent that stretches beyond what is shown in the Twilight Saga franchise.

“He’s a very serious actor. He wants to be great and takes the trouble to try and be great,” he said. “What he does in [Cosmopolis] will lay that question to rest, which a lot of people who are skeptical of Twilight are asking.”

Pattinson wouldn’t be the first actor to be recognized for his talent in a Cronenberg film.

William Hurt and Viggo Mortensen were nominated for Academy Awards for their respective roles in 2005’s A History of Violence and 2007’s Eastern Promises.

But winning an Oscar isn’t one of Cronenberg’s personal goals, he said.

“You’ll kill yourself if you do that. In Hollywood, the Oscar is like a religious icon — it’s like the Holy Grail,” he said. “The Weinstein’s are famous for spending millions of dollars to get that Oscar … but that isn’t the game I’m playing.”

The Weinstein Company is a U.S. film studio founded by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, who previously founded Miramax studios.

In Hollywood, a movie’s budget often determines its content, Cronenberg said.

“It would be naive to do a $200-million film and expect to be an extreme, radical filmmaker,” he said. “You just know you’re going to have to be much more conservative because you need that huge audience … which is why I continue to make indie films.”

Many filmmakers are swayed to make their art appeal to the masses, at the expense of its quality, he said.

“As an artist you have to try and ignore the outside pressures, not just in terms of violence, but with sex or anything that’s taboo,” he said. “If you’re distributing your movie all over the world … the fears of one country aren’t at all the fears of another country.”

Violence and sexually-explicit content are prevalent throughout Cronenberg’s films, but he insists all his movies feature deliberate comedic moments.

“I don’t think I need to do something that’s classified as a comedy, but I wouldn’t do anything that didn’t have some humour.”

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Iluvthemovies said...

"David Cronenberg, you're my hero". "You are the wind beneath my wings". In my gut, my women's intuition, this will be the film that shuts critics up about Rob's Edward Cullen persona. If those critics still are negative about Rob's role in Cosmopolis, they are biased and have no business reviewing films. I have not seen a clip of this film, however, I just know this is the one that will finally have critics from around the globe talking about Rob's fabulous performance as Eric Packer. One more cliche for the road from Ms. Aretha Franklin, "I say a little prayer for you", that this film is successful both artistically and financially. Onto Cannes (crossing fingers).

katy said...

The fact that Cronenberg only has wonderful things to say about Rob, makes me SOO very happy!

twmmy said...

Iluvthemovies, I hope, like a girl can hope... But I in deep I think they will banish Rob, because that's a chic. I had time last weekend, I watched Bel Amis. From 1947 and from 2005. The firs was american, the second was europen cooproduction but french. I must say, I did it, because somewhere I saw, that the 1947 was a critic's favourite. Hmmmm.... but not mine.The french was quite good, the character was good too. I will go to see Rob's Bel Ami on this weekend, to Slovakia, though the shooting was in my capitol Budapest. I'll never understand why don't they get this film in Hungary... Bah.

twmmy said...

I have a very very disgraphic keyboard... I push the character, but it don't want to write down ... Duh!

Cindygal said...

I cant wait for this movie and do pray it does well in box office and critically!