We all get a little stressed out at times, but does that excuse a breakout?
Directors love that things are exactly as they imagined. Sets, lighting and precise camera movements can determine or interrupt a scene. If things get a little out of hand, all hell could break loose.
For Wes Anderson, he lost his level-headedness because of Luke Wilson’s suit length.
The royal Tenenbaums celebrated its 20th anniversary at the Tribeca Film Festival with a virtual reunion. Cast members Alec Baldwin, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Anjelica Huston came together to reminisce, and one of the most important things that emerged from the discussion was that Anderson had only mastery once during the making of the film lost. It had to do with the length of the cuffs on Luke Wilson’s suit.
Anderson realized, of course, that he might have overreacted.
Luke Wilson said that Anderson kept raising the level of the cuff until it was too high for Wilson’s liking. Wilson motioned for the tailor to lower him when Anderson was not looking. It went on for a while, until Anderson got fed up with the game.
Anderson later apologized for raising his voice, stating, “I don’t think it was necessary. I think there is something to say, ‘Is the actor happy with what you bring him?’ And then we framed you around the waist 90 percent of the time anyway. ”
To be fair, Anderson was probably under a lot of pressure with The royal Tenenbaums. From the success of Bottle rocket and Rushmore, The royal Tenenbaums was the biggest film Anderson had worked on at the time. But stress doesn’t make a director, not even Anderson, lose control because something is not what he wants it to be.
If your actor is uncomfortable with something, make them comfortable enough to tell you. Creating a film is a group effort. If for some reason someone feels uncomfortable and is not sure of their performance, leave a little wiggle room to make the room comfortable for them.
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