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Watch: 50-Minute Directors Roundtable Talk With Steve McQueen, David O. Russell, Alfonso Cuarón & More

by Kevin Jagernauth
November 14, 2013 12:42 PM
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THR Directors Roundtable

While the awards season can waver between excitement for the great movies hitting cinemas and excess from the endless campaigning, the real pleasure is in great filmmakers emerging from their production cocoon to talk about their work. THR has been doing a great job in rounding up some of the brightest talents and biggest contenders of the season for their roundtable talks. And their latest is no different.

Steve McQueen, Paul Greengrass, David O. Russell, Ben Stiller, Alfonso Cuarón and Lee Daniels sat down for a wide-ranging 54-minute conversation with the trade, and as always, there's some fascinating stuff to be had. For example, the one movie Cuarón thinks he should've passed on and described as a "horrible experience" was "....'Great Expectations.' That is a film that I should have not done. I passed many times, and then I ended up saying yes for the wrong reasons."

Meanwhile, McQueen reveals that his path from celebrated artist to director was one that happened by chance. "I didn't want to be a filmmaker. What led me in to wanting to make a film was [Irish hunger striker] Bobby Sands. That's what made me want to make a film [2008's 'Hunger']. It happened in an organic way."

Lastly, Stiller opens up and about this career both in front and behind the camera. "I've had this parallel career as an actor, and I've always personally felt more like a director. That's what I've enjoyed the most and what I've always wanted to do since I was a kid. Over the years, I felt I started to make a certain kind of movie -- comedies -- which I love, but I've always loved drama, I've always loved all different genres,"he said. "When 'Mitty' came along, it sort of opened up for me the filmmaking experience: 'This is what I should be doing now.' "

Thos tidbits are just the tip of the iceberg. Watch in full below and be sure to click here to watch the writers roundtable with George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Julie DelpyNicole HolofcenerJohn RidleyDanny Strong and Jonas Cuarón in case you missed it.

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  • Hank | November 14, 2013 6:03 PMReply

    Lee Daniels is a straight-up clown. Why are they even allowing the Butler (Daniel and Danny Strong) into the convo when there are clearly movies that are better and furthermore the public thinks actually deserve an oscar consideration. Reeks.

  • Piotr | November 15, 2013 12:25 PM

    I got the sense that the other directors thought that too. That pained smile McQueen puts on when Lee Daniels first starts talking says volumes. When Daniels tells McQueen that "12 gutted" him, you can see McQueen thinking: "The Butler… did not."

  • Hannah | November 14, 2013 5:33 PMReply

    I'd rather see interviews w/ Spike Jonze, Alexander Payne.

  • Jake | November 14, 2013 3:08 PMReply

    Ugh Lee Daniels is such a douche. Would it have been too hard to get Alexander Payne instead?

  • Hank | November 14, 2013 6:00 PM

    Agreed. What a sell-out hack.

  • Roman | November 14, 2013 1:40 PMReply

    At least asshole Jeremy Irons didn't bring up the black question in this interview.

  • CB | November 14, 2013 2:58 PM

    Is he gay?

  • kg | November 14, 2013 2:29 PM

    Asshole Jeremy Irons... love it

  • egghead | November 14, 2013 1:28 PMReply

    check that. They should of just turned off his mic.

    When he says he doesn't get notes from studios and when he yells at Stiller saying he loves Tropic Thunder. Who does this guy think he is?

  • Hank | November 14, 2013 6:04 PM

    Just seeing Lee Daniels arm on Cuaron right there. ugh.

  • egghead | November 14, 2013 1:24 PMReply

    Would of been a whole lot better if they just ignored Lee Daniels every time he tried to answer a question.

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