What’s It Like Watching Movies With David Fincher and Brad Pitt?
Movie Club sounds a lot more civil than Fight Club
What’s not to like about having a movie night with your friends? Whether it’s watching something obscure or revisiting an old favorite, it’s a fine way to spend an evening. And it’s something plenty of people do, even — as it turns out — critically acclaimed directors and their movie-star collaborators.
A new article at IndieWire ventures into David Fincher’s movie-watching habits, which include inviting Brad Pitt over to talk shop. (Also present for some of these these movie nights: Steven Soderbergh.) It’s understandable: Fincher and Pitt have worked on three films together — Seven, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button — and Fincher helped Pitt write his award speeches for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
The article cites a recent conversation Pitt had with The New York Times in which he discussed watching movies with Fincher. Surprisingly, a certain New England Patriots coach came up in the discussion.
“He’ll be muttering the whole time: ‘That shot works. That’s a bad handoff. Why would you go to the insert of the glove there? Stabilize!’ It’s like watching a football game with Bill Belichick,” Pitt said.
It’s not the only recent instance of high-profile actors and directors socializing far from movie sets. The story of how Natasha Lyonne ended up with a cameo in the film Ad Astra involves director James Gray’s penchant for cooking especially fragrant dishes. No word if there’s anything Belichick-esque about his approach to food preparation, however.
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