Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Steven Soderbergh is an impressive director - Traffic, Erin Brockovich, Ocean's Eleven Trilogy, Contagion and many more, but his last movie Haywire (click for T &T commentary) didn't seem to be up to his usual standard. Now, he's redeemed himself for me with Magic Mike.
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James Rocchi interviewed Soderbergh for MSN's The Hit List:
JR: Tatum, sort of gave you the pitch and also functioned as a strip-sultant. How much did you learn from him?
SS: Well, everything. What I really wanted to know was what were the good parts of it? What was fun about it and then what wasn't fun about it. I wanted it to have some sort of undertow, so that it wasn't totally disposable, and he talked about it. He said, "Look, the dark side of it was the drugs." The sorority house scene is loosely based on something that happened to him where he and another guy were performing for a group of girls and some of their boyfriends found out and showed up and stuff got crazy, you know? I thought that was interesting. Read More
JR: At one point you have Mr. McConaughey playing the bongo, you have Mr. Nash fighting people. Was this sort of the case of looking at people's resumes and going, "Okay, that's your special skill? We're using that."
SS: Absolutely. Matthew impressed the s**t out of me. He came in, he had tons of ideas, they were all good. He knew how this guy would dress, talk, act, everything. He was the one who was like, "I think I should sing a song." I was like, "Well, if you're going to sing a song, you're going to have to strip." That wasn't in the script. He came up with his routine. He knew this guy cold. It was clear. I called him on the phone and just told him one sentence, and he said, "I’m in. I get it." He really did. That outfit he wears in the gym when he's trying to teach Alex? He just got it. He just totally got it. When we started showing the movie to friends to get feedback, eight times out of ten, the first things out of their mouth were like, "Wow. Matthew McConaughey. He's unbelievable." I go, "He's great." Read More