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Watch: Richard Ayoade Makes Jesse Eisenberg Laugh A Lot In 30-Minute Interview For 'The Double'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2014 2:04 PM
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Yeah, we know, the film came out last month, but after dropping The Best Films Of 2014 So Far..., "The Double" is back on our minds. It indeed is one of the finest pieces of cinema from the first six months of the year, but what can often be lost in the discussing the film's many accomplishments is how much it rests entirely on the chemistry between director Richard Ayoade and star Jesse Eisenberg. Well, you can see just why they got on so well in this recent interview.

'The Double' Director Richard Ayoade Says Making 'The Watch' Was "Like Giving A Tissue Sample"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2014 11:33 AM
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The Watch
On paper, "The Watch" sounds like a no brainer of potential awesomeness. Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade play mild-mannered suburban dudes who have to fight off an alien invasion—what could go wrong? Well, pretty much everything and simply put, it wasn't good. And last year's "This Is The End" (also featuring Jonah Hill) took that similar concept to much wilder, funnier places. And indeed, "The Watch" pretty much tanked at the box office, barely making back its budget. So what was it like making? Well, with his inventive and unique "The Double" in theaters, Ayoade has referred to being involved in "The Watch" rather... clinically.....

Review: Richard Ayoade's 'The Double' Starring Jesse Eisenberg Is Bonkers, Hilarious And Wickedly Clever

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2014 6:01 PM
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When Richard Ayoade arrived in 2010 with his charming tale of adolescence and young romance with the stylish "Submarine," the picture was immediately greeted with rather reductive comparisons to Wes Anderson. It was an unfair assessment levelled at the movie and filmmaker—even from those who championed the film—that diminished what an accomplished piece of cinema Ayoade had put together. And one can't help but wonder if "The Double" is a sly response to those criticisms of borrowing from others. Certainly, his latest will invoke names like Terry Gilliam and Michel Gondry to be tossed around, but make no mistake: not only does "The Double" confirm Ayoade as one of the brightest rising talents behind the camera, it's completely his own and unlike anything you've seen in cinemas in quite some time.

10 Films In Which Actors Play Multiple Roles

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  • May 8, 2014 2:12 PM
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10 Films In Which Actors Play Multiple Roles
This week, in celebration of the release of Richard Ayoade’s “The Double,” a film we loved at TIFF (here’s Kevin’s A- grade review), what we really ought to be doing is a feature on films about doubles. Except, whoops, we just did one, for the release of the similarly themed, but very differently executed “Enemy” from Denis Villeneuve (which we also loved at TIFF, here’s Rodrigo’s A grade take). And so we’re honing in on a different, but related aspect of Ayoade’s film, namely that lead Jesse Eisenberg takes a dual role here, and so adds his name to the roster of actors who’ve played more than one character within a single film.

Director Richard Ayoade Shares The 5 Films That Influenced ‘The Double’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 8, 2014 12:30 PM
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Similar to his excellent 2011 debut feature, “Submarine," quick comparisons to past classics have flown frequently with Richard Ayoade’s sophomore effort “The Double." This time Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil” has been elected the overriding influence; however, don’t ask Ayoade to verify such a claim. As the actor/director said when he sat down with us recently in Los Angeles, “I don't remember ‘Brazil’ well enough to even know whether that's true.”

Watch: 30 Minute Talk With Director Richard Ayoade About Making 'The Double,' Working Avi Korine & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 16, 2014 4:51 PM
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In just under a month, Richard Ayoade's "The Double" will take you into a retro-future-punk world where there are two Jesse Eisenberg's and yet no one manages to confuse the two. In fact, one is smooth and confident, while the other is meek and anonymous, and the actor gets great mileage out of both parts in the film that hilarious and wonderfully put together. And now you can find out how it was all done.

Watch: 10-Minute Talk With Director Richard Ayoade About The Making Of 'The Double'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2014 3:45 PM
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As we've highlighted in our feature 20 Films About Doubles And Doppelgängers, the concept of a protagonist meeting their exact duplicate isn't exactly new. But in the hands of Richard Ayoade it becomes something inventive and madcap, and "The Double" has terrific fun with the premise of a man meeting the sexier, more successful version of himself.

Watch: Hear The Story Of Two Snakes In New Trailer For 'The Double' Starring Jesse Eisenberg & Mia Wasikowska

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2014 10:32 AM
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What would happen if you met your exact doppleganger, except he was more successful, sexier, cleverer and more confident than you were? That's the dilemma facing Jesse Eisenberg's Simon James in Richard Ayoade's entertaining "The Double." And another inventive trailer is here for the film.

Magnolia Pick Up U.S. Rights To Richard Ayoade's 'The Double,' Starring Jesse Eisenberg & Mia Wasikowska

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 23, 2013 2:13 PM
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Of all the films coming out in 2014 we've already seen, it's safe to say Richard Ayoade's "The Double" is near the top of our list. Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska, the film is a dark, Kafka-esque story centered on a man who is driven insane by the appearance of his doppelgänger.

Interview: Mia Wasikowska Talks Working With Richard Ayoade & Jesse Eisenberg In "The Double'

  • By Kristin McCracken
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  • September 11, 2013 1:44 PM
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At just 23, Australian actress Mia Wasikowska has already proven her impressive range. In roles spanning “In Treatment,” “Jane Eyre,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “The Kids are All Right,” audiences have come to appreciate her gentle and elegant thoughtfulness, mixed at times with a wisdom seemingly beyond her years.

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