Ben Stiller Chats About Producing Richard Ayoade's 'Submarine'
If you followed our coverage from the Toronto Film Festival, one of my favorite films (and favorite of nearly everyone who saw it) was the charming coming-of-age comedy Submarine, directed by Richard Ayoade ("The IT Crowd") and starring the young Craig Roberts as Oliver Tate (above). Well, in Empire's post with new updates from Ben Stiller, instead of covering the repetitive news that Zoolander 2 is still waiting for the studio, I'm focusing on Stiller's comments about Submarine. What is his connection? Stiller, along with his company Red Hour Films, produced the film in the UK, so he's highly responsible for making it happen.
Here is most of what Stiller had to say about Richard Ayoade's Submarine from Empire's recent update:
"Garth Marenghi [Ayoade's fictional character] I had seen and was a fan of. That was all I knew. So I can’t say that we had any kind of relationship beforehand. We just got sent the script – I don’t even know, to tell you the truth, how we got hold of it – but Richard's agent might be our agent too. But we thought it was a really great script and then I saw his videos that he had directed and just thought he had a really interesting sensibility. We met and he’s just a very thoughtful guy. And I thought what he did with the movie was very assured and bold, for a first film. Just his process was very specific. I had a really good experience with him."
That's always good to hear. And in case you think Stiller didn't really know about it, when asked about the star Craig Roberts, he continues with even more glowing comments: "I thought Craig was amazing too. I felt like he and Yasmin (Paige) both, you could sense that they so trusted Richard as a director. I loved that he is very honest but also very funny. Their relationship is so funny but also has the awkwardness. The cast and the director – everyone's just doing their thing and not apologising for it." They definitely don't need to apologize for it either! It was a wonderful film and will probably end up as one of my favorites this year, too.
For those anxious to finally watch Submarine, since I've been hyping it so much, the good news is that it was bought by The Weinstein Company in Toronto and will be arriving in theaters sometime later this year after it also plays the Sundance Film Festival. I'm just happy to hear that the experience behind-the-scenes was as positive as the end result on the screen, as I know once Submarine hits theaters it should instantly become a favorite of a lot of moviegoers. We will continue to keep you updated and let you know when TWC releases a trailer as well. In the meantime, be sure to read my review from Toronto - I'll be seeing it again at Sundance!