*It’ rare that I’ve gone to a screening of a film and all the critics there walked away singing the praises of the film. Such was the case with “Get Low” and I asked Bill Murray (Frank Quinn) if he got the sense that they were making a movie that would appeal to so many during the shoot? “I’ve developed this mantra where I say I’m not a worrier so I don’t worry about it,” he recounted. “As far as the jobs go, I sort of realized a long time ago that I’m just going to do the ones I like and one of them is going to hit, and they do.
“You always know it’s pretty good. You know the difference and you sort of know what’s good. Now whether or not a movie is financially successful, that you have no control over. But that’s what makes a career. You make a movie that’s a good movie and no one sees it; it happens all the time. But as far as knowing it was good, we knew the script was really good.”
Before Murray left the room, he was asked about “Ghostbusters 3,” around which there has been much speculation. “We went to the well twice and it’s almost impossible to do the second movie as well; only horror movies get better as they go along, because they have more money to spend on crazy effects. I actually heard young people who saw the movie when they were kids talking [about ‘Ghostbusters’] and I thought maybe it would be fun because the guys are funny and I miss Moranis [Rick], Annie [Potts] and Danny [Aykroyd]; he was really a big part of it.” Murphy was even a much bigger part of it and was spoofed in “Zombieland,” playing himself. One of the better horror films out last year, I told him I liked it and with great glee he responded, “I liked that, too.”
In an award worthy performance as Felix Bush in “Get Low,” Robert Duvall plays a hermit who built a church for the Rev. Charlie Jackson, played by the terrific actor Bill Cobbs. Although it was a small part, Cobbs’ role was a key part in the story. He was not at the junket and The Film Strip asked Duvall how it was working with Cobbs? “He played my good buddy and friend and it was great working with him. He’s a wonderful man.”
Ray Liotta (Florio Ferrente) also plays a small part in “Charlie St. Cloud,” but it’s essential to the picture. He resuscitates Charlie St. Cloud (Zac Efron) after a fatal car crash and reminds him years later that God does not make mistakes and there is a reason why he was brought back to life. The film hit home with Efron whose brother in the film is an avid baseball fan. “It is, as you know, about brothers and their love. I have my own personal experience with that because of my brother, I mean he’s 18 now but, you know, I thought about the script and went back and looked at some old pictures of my little brother and me when we were growing up through the years.”
Efron, known mostly for “High School Musical,” did have trepidations however. “When I read the script, I was like man, I really don’t know if I could do this. Where with ‘Footloose’ [which he turned down] I know I could do that, you know. But I think it was more fun to venture into a new territory. A bit scarier. At the end of the road, I didn’t want to, I can’t think of a better way to say it, like blow my load all at once on something like ‘Footloose.’ Slow and steady wins the race.”
And not knowing a better way to say it, Paul Dano was asked point blank to tell how he really felt wearing women’s clothes in “The Other Man,” in which he stars with Kevin Kline and Katie Holmes. “Honestly, I was nervous about it,” he laughs, “but I didn’t even thing about it when I accepted the part and then like a week later I went, ‘Oh shit,’ and I got a little freaked out about it. As a dude, you wonder how it’s going to make you feel. Like if it turns you on, for example, and you’re like oh shit; I’m into this. And pleasantly surprised, I still felt like a dude. You know, it’s weird, but I didn’t feel different.”