LIFE OF AN ACTOR AND WRITER
Horror show is back in Sheffield Leeds film festival finalises line-up
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.