LIFE OF AN AC­TOR AND WRITER

Hor­ror show is back in Sh­effield Leeds film fes­ti­val fi­nalises line-up

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was right for the scene but un­for­tu­nate for my own en­ter­tain­ment.”

The film in­dus­try is rife with sto­ries of lowly crew mem­bers be­ing or­dered not to stray into a star’s sight­line. Per­haps the most in­fa­mous of the lot is Chris­tian Bale’s melt­down – caught and recorded – when the film’s direc­tor of pho­tog­ra­phy strayed into his vi­sion dur­ing an in­tense scene on Ter­mi­na­tor: Sal­va­tion. Eisen­berg did it in re­verse.

He de­nies it’s a Method thing or that he spent time cook­ing up a char­ac­ter tic that would mark him out from his fel­lows.

“I never re­ally think about how some­thing is look­ing be­cause of­ten you’re just wrong. If you try to act back­wards – think­ing about how some­thing ap­pears – it would not be a suc­cess­ful ven­ture.

“So the only safe way to do any­thing like that is to try to ex­pe­ri­ence what the char­ac­ter is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing, not in a psy­cho­pathic way where you ac­tu­ally think you’re there in this field plan­ning an at­tack on a dam but ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the loneliness of the anger.

“Kelly Reichardt, the direc­tor, al­lows the ac­tors to have a lot of time to do ev­ery scene. It doesn’t feel like a lot of movies where you’re run­ning to a green screen and point­ing at some­thing green. This was a more au­then­tic ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Au­then­tic or not Eisen­berg will soon be seen as the young Lex Luthor in Zack Sny­der’s Bat­man v Su­per­man: Dawn of Jus­tice with Ben Af­fleck, Henry Cav­ill and Amy Adams.

He’s an in­ter­est­ing, edgy young man who will bring that as­pect to Lex Luthor. But one won­ders what drew him to a comic-strip movie.

Then again, ev­ery­one is at it. Some­thing like Night Moves had its own at­trac­tions.

“When I first read the script for Night Moves I was re­ally in­trigued by this guy. He’s led by a rage and dog­ma­tism that leads him to do some pretty ex­treme things.

“It’s a po­lit­i­cal and so­cial is­sue that I was not fully aware of, so it was in­ter­est­ing to learn about en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivism in the world and how peo­ple view dif­fer­ent ac­tions as op­tions.

“Some peo­ple like to work on a farm be­cause that’s the slower, harm­less way to be an en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivist.

“Maybe other peo­ple choose ac­tions like my char­ac­ter does, which is to bomb a dam.

“Ob­vi­ously it’s not harm­less but it sends a big­ger mes­sage.”

Night Moves is on na­tion­wide re­lease. CEL­LU­LOID Screams: Sh­effield Hor­ror Film Fes­ti­val will this year be open­ing with The Ed­i­tor, a much an­tic­pated new film from Cana­dian film­mak­ing col­lec­tive Astron-6. “Any­one who has at­tended Cel­lu­loid Screams in the past will know that we have an on­go­ing ob­ses­sion with Astron-6,” says Fes­ti­val Direc­tor Robert Ne­vitt. “And we’re ex­tremely pleased to be open­ing our 2014 edi­tion with their most am­bi­tious film to date.” The fes­ti­val takes place from Oc­to­ber 24-26. For tick­ets and fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, call the box of­fice on 011427 57727 or visit www. cel­lu­loid­screams.co.uk THE fin­ish­ing touches are be­ing put to the pro­gramme for this year’s Leeds In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val

The event in Novem­ber will run for just over two weeks and graphic nov­el­ist Alan Moore, who wrote ev­ery­thing from The Watch­men and From Hell to The League of Ex­tra­or­di­nary Gen­tle­men, has al­ready been con­firmed as one of the spe­cial guests. Play­ing across var­i­ous venues in the city, the fes­ti­val runs Novem­ber 5-20. For tick­ets and in­for­ma­tion visit www. leeds­film.com or call 0113 224 3801.

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