Filmmaker David Fincher is known for having his actors take after recording, sometimes to the tune of a hundred different recordings of the same recording, to get the best performance out of them. Some actors have had issues with Fincher’s obsession with retakes, most notably Jake Gyllenhaal on the sets of ZodiacGary Oldman, who starred in Fincher’s latest film Limp, understand the reason for so many retakes, as the veteran actor explained to IndieWire in a recent interview.
“As an actor you are contracted. You are hired. You have a 12 hour workday, you come in and if the director wants to film it 10 to 60 to 250 times, I am there to serve. The character, the story and the director, and until I clock off, if that’s what anyone wants to do, I’m glad to be there [David is] accurate. He’s looking for perfection, which means that the performance can be particularly great, but you didn’t move your head far enough and the light didn’t hit you, ”said Gary Goldman
According to Oldman, there is no point in spending months in pre-production making the most elaborate sets and the most expensive costumes, just finishing a scene in two or three takes on the day of the shoot. The actor explained that motivation David Fincher behind countless resits is to not only ensure that the actor gave a good performance, but also that the elements surrounding the performance fell perfectly into place.
“He wants all the elements to work, so he has it in a master, in a medium close-up, and he has it up close. There is a freedom in trying different things. Once the performance is there for David and David. he gives a thumb up, then he comes in and takes notes between takes, checking to see if all the elements are working. “We’re going again because this or this was great, but we need that to work now.” He’s looking at the whole thing. “
Fincher’s habit of doing take-after-take of every scene has received a degree of criticism, not only from actors, but also from studios, as the filmmaker often oversteps his time and budget due to the reruns taking all the resources of the film. gobble up. Still, for Oldman, Fincher’s rigor is worth it, and it’s thanks to those efforts that the actor described Limp as one of the most “transportive” films of his long and distinguished career.
It’s one of the few photos I’ve taken that is so transportive. It’s a luxurious thing to look at, even though I’m in it. I can get lost, it puts you in a bit of a trance when you look at it. . I am surprised.”
Directed by David Fincher, Limp with Gary Oldman, Tom Burke, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Tuppence Middleton, Arliss Howard and Charles Dance. The movie is currently streaming on Netflix. Read the entire interview on IndieWire.