A-list actor Brad Pitt along with Ocean’s Eleven director Steven Soderbergh recently provided some glimpses to The New York Times ‘s Jonah Weiner on what it is like to be sitting in the same room as David Fincher, the cult classic thriller noir director of many critically acclaimed movies.
Fincher despite lookin like a calm man has very high standards and is as demanding a precise film viewer as well as a film director.
Brad Pitt and David Fincher have worked together on three movies together, Seven, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which are all arguably some of the best and most memorable roles Brad Pitt has played in. They were and still are good friends who get together regularly to enjoy a movie together some nights.
What do Brad Pitt and Steven Soderbergh have to say about their experiences of watching movies with David Fincher?
Pitt and recently told so in a recent Fincher profile for The New York Times, he describes Fincher as “the funniest [expletive] I’ve ever met,” often gets together with him for movie nights, during which, Pitt said, “He’ll be muttering the whole time: ‘That shot works. That’s a bad handoff. Why would you go to the insert of the glove there? Stabilize!’ It’s like watching a football game with Bill Belichick.” (Fincher described playing his favorite video game, Madden NFL, as “the only time I’m not thinking about movies.”)
Another more interesting insight into Fincher’s movie watching sessions is provided by Ocean’s Eleven director Steven Soderbergh. He told The New York Times’s Jonah Weir about visiting Fincher during postproduction on his 2002 thriller, “Panic Room.” Soderbergh described the scene this way: “David had a laser pointer out, and he was circling this one section of a wall in the upper part of the frame, saying, ‘That’s a quarter of a stop too bright.’ I had to leave the room. I had to go outside and take some deep breaths, because I thought, Oh, my God — to see like that? All the time? Everywhere? I wouldn’t be able to do it.”
Soderbergh also told Jonah about his favorite Fincher movie, Panic Room which he rewatches the most. He argues for his unusual Fincher favorite, saying “I don’t know anybody else who would imagine executing something like that and then actually have the fortitude to do it. It makes my head hurt watching it. It makes my knees buckle.”
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