“First Man” screened at the Toronto Film Festival and Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy and Damien Chazelle stopped by the Variety Studio presented by AT&T to discuss the importance of the moon-landing film.
“I was less interested in doing a biopic about Neil Armstrong and more about trying to figure out how we as a nation got to the moon,” said director Chazelle, who helmed the 2016 Academy-Award winning movie “La La Land,” which also starred Gosling.
While doing extensive research about the real-life people they were portraying on screen, the cast met with relatives to learn vital information.
“We [Chazelle and Gosling] had the opportunity to meet June Armstrong, Neil’s sister, in the farm where he was born,” said Gosling. “We met with colleagues, friends, and it was a tremendous amount of help and good will.”
Foy, who plays Neil’s wife, Janet, added: “They were so not protective, it felt like they were welcoming and they wanted to invite us in and answer questions. I Skyped with Marc Armstrong, the youngest, which was great.”
Chloe Bennet, who stars in DreamWorks’ upcoming animated adventure movie “Abominable,” talked to Variety about the importance of having a kid’s movie that rejects outdated gender roles. “I have six brothers and so I never related to princess movies,” Bennet explained. “When you’re a young girl and all of the content and all of the [...]
Meryl Streep, who plays a woman who investigates a fake insurance policy in Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming comedy-drama “The Laundromat,” says that the film’s story exposes the corrupt systems present in our real world. “You can lament that these systems work and how people utilize loopholes that people find — clever people will always work around [...]
A large part of Renée Zellweger’s preparation process in playing Judy Garland in the forthcoming biopic was learning about the iconic performer’s tragic backstory. “You couldn’t fully recognize how extraordinary a person she was without knowing the circumstances that she was challenged by during this period of her life,” Zellweger told Variety. “I think when you [...]
Kerry Washington has her seat at the table on Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere,” in which she’s a lead actor and executive producer with co-star Reese Witherspoon. “When I was a kid I wasn’t like, ‘I want to be a producer one day!’ But I think I have always been — my mother would vouch for […]
Every year the line-up of the Sundance Film Festival is filled with powerful stories from independent filmmakers from around the world. Because many of them brought us to tears, Variety decided to ask the actors and filmmakers behind this year’s Sundance films what was the last movie to make them cry. Plenty of classics were […]
Bong Joon Ho has a lot of reasons to celebrate tonight. The Korean filmmaker made history at the Academy Awards on Sunday night when his comedy-thriller “Parasite” became the first foreign language film to win the Oscar for best picture, beating out “1917,” “Ford v Ferrari,” “The Irishman,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Joker,” “Little Women,” “Marriage Story,” […]