Gotham theater personalities, models and thesps packed New York’s Gramercy Park Hotel rooftop Nov. 23 to toast the premiere of “Me and Orson Welles.” At the soiree, Kazan discussed how Linklater chose her for the role as Efron’s love interest, who is also an aspiring writer. “Rick came and saw a reading of a play that I wrote,” she recalled. “He called me up and said, ‘I want a real writer to play a real writer.’ ” Linklater explained his early desire to be behind the camera instead of in front of it.
“I actually did a production of ‘Julius Caesar’ when I was 12,” said the helmer. “I co-directed it with the teacher. We were all supposed to go up for parts, but I pulled her aside and I didn’t even have a name for it, I just said, ‘I want to work with the actors on their lines and maybe help design the costumes and the set, but I don’t wanna act.’ “