THR's Full Roundtable with Tarantino, Affleck, Hooper, Lee, Russell

November 29, 2012
Source: THR

Directors Roundtable

Gather round for the annual Directors Roundtable, featuring quite a selection this year. For the Awards Season every year, the Hollywood Reporter records a series of hour-long roundtables with top contenders in acting and, of course, directing. They are always fun to watch as they're filled with fascinating discussion, and this year's directors line-up is one of the best. The selection is: Ben Affleck (Argo), Tom Hooper (Les Mis), Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained), Ang Lee (Life of Pi), David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) and oddly Gus Van Sant (Promised Land). Sadly, no Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) or the Wachowskis (Cloud Atlas) were present this time. But it's still worth the watch if you have an hour to spare.

Thanks to The Film Stage for the tip on the full hour-long roundtable being available from THR. There's a lot of interesting discussion from everyone regarding key moments in their careers, digital progression and technology, and the end of their careers. There's also a great discussion about "what's the worst moment for you as a director?" Tarantino pipes up a lot with quite a bit of spicy discussion, including even the Django Unchained running time (he says around ~2 hours, 45 minutes) but he mentions some good things. The full roundtable was moderated by THR news editor Matthew Belloni and executive editor features Stephen Galloway. You can see more of the THR awards roundtables on their website. Hope you enjoyed!

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  • Great videos. The hour long interviews for the actors, actresses, and writers were also pretty cool.
  • bozo connors
    It's so funny to me that Affleck is amongst those people. That's not a slight at all, and I think he does indeed do amazing work... just still... surprised!!?! You go Ben. Don't pay attention to the peanut gallery. 😛
  • Guy who comments on things
    I think It's funny how around halfway through after Tarantino says something interesting, Affleck becomes really overly animated and starts bleeping out the f word like mad.
  • Guy who comments on things
    P.s Tom Hoopers condescending, snobby face makes me just want to bust in there and bitch slap him.
  • sedna
    wonderful interview, my favorite part is when they talk about feeling failure - starting around 15 minutes in
  • lol
    check out David O Russell @ 52:56 and 53:06 - it's like he can't believe what he's hearing.
  • Isildur_of_Numenor
    I think Ben Affleck is trying too hard to get cast on movies directed by these guys, especially by Quentin Tarantino. 😀 Great discussion but there were a couple of moments that felt a bit false. I guess there's no way around it.
  • Shogun
    Just for fun, if I had to rank these 6 directors: The first two I think already have placed themselves as all-time greats. 1. Lee 2. Van Sant 3. Russell - I Heart Huckabees is a vastly underrated film 4. Affleck - The Town is excellent and I think he has a lot of potential 5. Hooper - The King's Speech is really overrated 6. Tarantino - His films have a lot of great individual moments, but I think his films are just really overrated. I think his success has a lot to do with having a really "cool" image rather than actual substance
    • beevis
      "kings speech" is overrated but "i heart huckabees" is underrated????......hmmmmmm
  • Why "oddly" Gus Van Sant? He's a great director, sure lately not so much, but still..
  • Visitor
    Well, the only guy who made a masterpiede in this room is Tarantino with pulp fiction, that's a fact.
  • Raymond
    I hate Tom Hooper. Only Tarantino and Affleck are great at this roundtable.
  • Loved this discussion, and I'm really happy for Ben's directorial success. Never would have saw it coming when watching 'Sum Of All Fears' :)
  • HB
    Tarantino's pronunciation of "temper tantrum" is the best part of the whole video




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