Director David Fincher is known for his many critically acclaimed films. But he is also known for his intense direction style. Fincher famously makes actors work a lot of their scenes. For example, in Social NetworksRooney Mara and Jesse Eisenberg filmed the opening scene 99 times. The closeup for Andrew Garfield’s “Lawyer Up” scene alone was filmed 40 times. Garfield thinks the experience was “beautiful.” But Fincher’s directing style is often hit or miss among actors. Garfield explained why he thinks it works in a new interview.
David Fincher actors are known for doing a lot of takes
Fincher directed classics such as alien 3handjob Se7enhandjob fight Club, And panic Room in the 1990s. He also directed Amounthandjob The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttonhandjob the girl with the Dragon Tattoohandjob gone Girlhandjob mindhunter, And standards. And most of the actors in these projects will tell you about the many works that Fincher did. Fincher explained the process new York Times in 2007.
“I honestly hate performances,” he said. “Typically the honesty takes over by Take 17.”
Basically, Fincher’s philosophy is that the more effort you put in, the more you get stripped back and the performance becomes honest. Amount Stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr. found it daunting and exhausting. And later AmountDuring its release, Gyllenhaal expressed his disappointment at Fincher’s directing style. He told the New York Times Fincher “paints with people” and “it’s hard to be a color.” He continued:
“The great thing about movies is that you get your shot. They even call it one shot. The stakes are very high. You get a chance to prove what you can do. You get a take. It takes 5, takes 10. Some space, takes 90. But there’s a stop. There’s a point at which you go, ‘We’ve got to work on this.’ But we’ll restart things. So there came a point where I’d say, well, what do I do? Where’s the risk?”
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For Fincher, the risk is not getting exactly what the film needs when that much money is on the line. He told me new York Times In 2020:
“I don’t want to make excuses for my behavior. There are definitely times when I can get confrontational when I see someone slapping me. People go through rough patches all the time. I do. So I try to be kind about it. But. It’s: Four. Hundred. Thousand. Dollars. One day. And we may never get a chance to come back and do that again.”
As for Garfield, he saw value in Fincher’s intensity as he felt the result in his performance. Filming the “Lawyer Up, A**hole” Scene Social Networks The drainage was more physical. But it turned out to be one of the most memorable moments of the Oscar-winning film. Garfield told collider:
“The one thing I understand why he charges so much is that he’s getting actors so that the actor forgets they’re being filmed. I think that’s part of the magic of acting in each of his films.
He’s looking for that moment where you forget you’re there, you forget what’s going on, and there’s a purity and a vulnerability and an openness, and the audience reacts to that in a deeply unconscious way. Huh. Suddenly there is no acting, no performance, it’s just pure. I think that’s part of what he’s looking for, and at the same time, he’s pretty accurate. He can see it. I think he said this before, I don’t think I’m quoting him incorrectly, ‘It’s like catching up at a baseball game.’”
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Social Networks Garfield had a pivotal role, and it undoubtedly informed his future experiences with the directors. Tammy Faye eyes Starr worked with directors such as Martin Scorsese, whom he said also took on gut instincts when directing.
“[Fincher] I don’t know why it works, but when the pitch hits the glove, he can feel it,” he said. “He’s like, ‘Okay. Got it. Keep going.’ So he just has an innate trust, and the best directors I’ve worked with have that. Mel Gibson is like that. Scorsese is like that. Some of the other directors I’ve worked with It’s like that. Mike Nichols. It’s an instinctive, ‘Oh, that was it. Got it. Done.’ It’s a body, a kind of gut intuition.”
At the end of the day, while Fincher’s directing style can be confusing and intense for the actors, Garfield is comforted to know that it’s going to bring a memorable performance.