Space Jam 2, F9, The Suicide Squad, In the Heights, filmmakers share highlights of their upcoming summer releases-Entertainment News, Firstpost
From LeBron James’ professionalism in Space Jam: A New Legacy to Margot Robbie’s elaborate action scene in The Suicide Squad, the filmmakers shared some of their favorite stories from making their shows on the big screen.
From LeBron James sharing the yard with Bugs Bunny to Dom Toretto and the Fast Furious the crew goes where no car has gone before, this summer has something for every type of movie fan.
Some of the directors of the season’s biggest movies, including F9, The Suicide Squad and In the heights, share some of their favorite stories from making their shows on the big screen.
Malcolm D. Lee on directing LeBron James in Space Jam: a new legacy:
“The thing about LeBron is he’s very professional. I don’t think he realized the magnitude of what it meant to be number one on the call sheet. He discovered. But that did not deter him. He had suffered an injury in his first season with the Lakers and was back on the train to regain greatness. So he made sure he was up at 2 or 3 a.m. everyday before calling in to do his basketball practice and do whatever it takes to prepare for the season. And he was always ready to be on set and he never really left it. He would stay there all day and would be ready for us whenever we needed him. He was a great professional, not just in front of the camera because he loves being directed and enjoys acting, but also being a motivating force for our extras who were there. He’s just a good example of a leader.
F9 director Justin Lin on Never Really Leave The Fast Furious franchise:
“I thought I was done, but even though I was gone I now look back and don’t think I ever was. I still remember I was in the cutting room Star Trek Beyond and Vin called me and he talks about Dom and Dom’s condition for two hours. I’m sitting there, like, what movie am I making? It was just a relationship, you know? It has always been more than just a movie. So when I woke up with this idea, I called Vin and the studio and they were like ‘OK, let’s go’. I never felt the door was closed.
James Gunn on the many talents of The Suicide Squad Margot Robbie:
“She can do anything. Or I thought she could do it all. And then one day she had to sing and I said, ‘OK, you can do anything but one thing.’ But she’s such a good actress. She embodies the character. She is capable of acting. She is capable of making drama. And physically, she’s a pure athlete and is able to do these stunts in such a graceful, gorgeous, and gorgeous way. And so I wrote the greatest action scene I’ve ever done all around (Robbie’s character) Harley, and it was so much fun creating on every level, from working with the stuntmen to work with it. This is probably my favorite four minutes of film that I have ever shot before.
David Lowery pictured who sold it on Dev Patel in The green knight:
“I met a lot of actors for the lead role and Dev got recommended. His agent called me and asked if I had thought of him. And I hadn’t done it for some strange reason, so I went and watched again Lion and instantly thought he would look really cool on a horse. I thought he was going to look really cool with a sword and armor and a horse. And I was so taken by this image that I got hooked on the idea. He loved the script but he was like, you know, the character as it’s written is pretty unkind, which was true then. I had written quite a few cadets. And he thought it was important to bring some sympathy to the part that I was okay with. But I also saw instantly that just the fact that he could be played by Dev would make him more likable. He’s just one of the easiest, friendliest guys around. I was like, if I threw it out, I could make this character do anything and the audience will be on their side because they want him to succeed and do the right thing and persevere because that Dev himself is just that type of person. “
Jon M. Chu in stealth In the heights showstopper
“’Paciencia y Fe’ is a showstopper in my mind. When (actor Olga Merediz) sang it at our reading table, everyone was in tears. And yet, at the same time, that’s just the easiest number to cut in a studio meeting. It costs a lot of money to show this woman’s struggle. Like, oh, it’s “Feed the Birds” that’s when everyone goes to the bathroom. When you talk about how your parents came from another country, it’s like oh (that’s okay) but it’s like the most rock star (expletive) of all time. It deserves a giant musical number! It deserves the greatest painting. And yet, we’re inches from her face the whole time. We rarely back down. We deliberately didn’t talk about the dancers. It’s about her and the dancers all around her. Everyone has understood: don’t take it away, give it to him. We had to fight for this every moment.