Doug Liman on his latest movie The Wall, growing as a filmmaker, and more

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It was a chance to grow as a filmmaker. I make… most of my movies are completely different than anything I’ve ever done before. In this case, this was going to be one of the biggest challenges of my career, because I do have a short attention span and one of the ways in which I have consistently dealt with it is by having a lot of spectacle, and a lot of characters, and a lot of locations, and a lot of different moving parts. You never get settled into any one thing for too long. This was going to push me to grow as a filmmaker, and then to maybe not use some of the ‘copouts’ I’ve used previously in my career.

My interview with Doug Liman, about his filmmaking career. We also spoke about the upcoming Chaos Walking movie that he’s working on.

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Alex Lawther on The End of the F***ing World, his creative influences and more

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I read somewhere, someone much more eloquent than me, saying “it doesn’t matter if [a character is] likeable but they have to be interesting“. You don’t have to like them, but you have to want to know what happens next. Even if you hate them or you’re scared of them or if you… as long as they’re not boring you, because boring is passive.  It’s not so much not being liked… they cause you to be interested in them actively and to see where their objectives are going to take them. Which I think is the analytical way of putting it, yeah.

This is one of my favourite interviews I’ve ever done, because I absolutely loved talking to Alex Lawther – he’s just wonderful, I’m a huge fan. I promised to learn French for him, in fact. (At time of writing, and by writing I mean editing all my old posts for the new wordpress site, my duolingo streak is 177 days.)

(I would continue to talk about how great I think he is, but… well, I don’t want to overdo it, you know?)

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Kenny Ortega on his latest movie, Disney′s Descendants 2

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I love the singing. I love the dancing. I love the good humour. I love the production value and all of that is great, and clearly I want to entertain, but I also have the opportunity to inspire, to get people to have conversations, and the beautiful thing is that my life has been filled with so many thank yous.

And perhaps it’s not me that should be getting all these thanks, but kids have said to me for years and years and years and years ‘thank you. You are such an enormous part of my childhood, and you really helped. These movies really guided me. They gave me courage. They gave me confidence. They made me take chances that otherwise I might now have. They made me see the world differently. They made me question myself.’

This is a version of my interview with Kenny Ortega about Descendants 2; we spoke only very briefly about High School Musical, but the main thrust – and most important part – of the interview is Descendants 2. Fun fact: Descendants 2 is the biggest Disney Channel Original Movie ever, and features several up-and-coming actors who are already stars in their own right, with huge fanbases. Hmmph.

Hopefully, the original interview – fully intact and uncompromised – will be made available at some stage. (To be honest, I’ll probably just put it online myself eventually.)

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