Though “Elizabethtown” was doused in showers of negative feedback last month at the Toronto Film Festival, weather conditions were sunny and breezy Monday at the Paramount pic’s Gotham preem — where writer-helmer Cameron Crowe was not at all fazed by the criticism.
“I didn’t want to push back the deadline of the festivals,” Crowe said, backing up his decision to showcase an unfinished version of the pic to the Toronto, and later Venice and Deauville, crowds. “I didn’t think I had the power to do that.
“I thought, let’s leave the editing rooms open a week after the festivals are over because it will be good to take a break and come back and maybe do a tweak or two on the new cut,” Crowe said. “So we came back and had (the film) done in two days, independent of anybody’s opinion. That’s just the way this one worked out.”
Paramount execs also decided to take the critical response in stride.
“We had no reaction to (Toronto) in terms of what Paramount’s position was,” Par’s Gail Berman said. “You have to sort of absorb the blows and just move on.”