in the Mix
10/31/2012, 9:38 a.m.
When producer Quentin Tarantino said that you were now ready to direct this film, what was the turning point that he thought made you ready?
I think after I described a vision to him of what I had in my head. He saw how hungry I was and how patient I was. He knew what he fed me and he saw that I was patient. A teacher knows you’re good from the questions you ask. When I asked him if I was ready to direct a film, he gave me parameters. I multiplied that and went a little bigger than he told me, but I was prepared.
You were able to get some good actors to work with you in this film: Russell Crowe, Rick Yune. You’ve also worked with Ridley Scott. Was it easy for you to get them in this film?
Nothing was easy, but I definitely wanted who I wanted. But I really believed they were the characters and the people for the roles. I fought hard and I talked to them about it. I think the job of a director is to let an actor understand that they could trust them in their hands.
If I hadn’t worked with Wu-Tang Clan and [wasn’t] able to take Method Man to be a platinum artist, GZA as a platinum artist and Raekwon, and if I didn’t have that experience, I wouldn’t actually have the confidence in myself to be able tell the actors that they were going to be in good hands.
I’m an artist as well. So, I know the feeling, the fear of doing something. I know how it is in that trailer and you have to go out and do this scene and you just met this person and you have to act as if there is a relationship going on, that there is a friendship. I understand that position.
Still nervous? Excited?
I’m very excited. I can’t wait for people to see this film. I know you’re going to have a good time.
Quentin Tarantino presents “The Man with the Iron Fists” opening nationwide this Friday, Nov. 2nd.
Action for Boston Community Development presents its 50th Anniversary Gala this Friday, Nov. 2nd at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel with a live performance by Natalie Cole. The fundraiser begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. with the main event kicking off at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at www.bostonabcd.org.
Charlie Murphy returns to The Wilbur on Friday, Nov. 9 at 10 p.m.
On Sunday, Nov. 11, the House of Blues presents Nas and Ms. Lauryn Hill at 8 p.m.
The Roxbury International Film Festival co-sponsors the film “Re-Emerging: The Jews of Nigeria” with the Boston Jewish Film Festival on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at the West Newton Cinema. The Boston Jewish Film Festival begins Nov. 7 and runs through Nov. 19. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.bjff.org.
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