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Watch: Tarantino, Russell, Van Sant, Lee, Affleck & Hooper Talk Directing at THR Roundtable

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 29, 2012 at 12:30PM

Check out the new Hollywood Reporter roundtable interview with Quentin Tarantino, David O. Russell, Gus Van Sant, Ang Lee, Ben Affleck and Tom Hooper, in which the directors discuss tough onset moments, "difficult" brothers, navigating temper tantrums, early retirement plans and more. Full video and highlights below.
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Quentin Tarantino talks during the 2012 THR directors roundtable
Quentin Tarantino talks during the 2012 THR directors roundtable

Check out the new Hollywood Reporter roundtable interview with Quentin Tarantino, David O. Russell, Gus Van Sant, Ang Lee, Ben Affleck and Tom Hooper, in which the directors discuss tough onset moments, "difficult" brothers, navigating temper tantrums, early retirement plans and more. Full video and highlights below.

Last year's complaint -- from the media and members of the directors roundtable alike -- about the lack of women on the panel seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Presumably Kathryn Bigelow, Ava DuVernay, Lynn Shelton, and Brenda Chapman were unavailable.

On working with brothers on set:

Tom Hooper: "I was 14 years old. I was directing my brother Ben in my second movie, Bomber Jacket… I've got 100 feet of film, which I'm running at 16 frames a second, which gives me a shooting ratio of about 1.2 to 1. And my brother suddenly realizes that he has a power over me that never in his life before he ever imagined, which is that if he intentionally makes a mistake on tape, my 100 feet is whittled down to nothing. And he literally had me in tears."

Ben Affleck: "On the set [of 'Gone Baby Gone'], [Casey Affleck would] go, 'This is shit.'"

On temper tantrums:

Quentin Tarantino:"The telling of the story, dealing with the actors, dealing with the cameramen and everything -- to me, that's the easy part, that's the part where I think, "I was meant to do this." It's just the shouldering of the entire production and leading the army and inspiring everybody every day. You want to have a temper tantrum. You want to just say, from time to time, like, 'I've f--ing had it.' But you can't say that because everyone really is counting on you to get them up that hill... We all get frustrated."

David O. Russell: "Well, speak for yourself."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.