Paul Dano Talks ‘Scary’ Directorial Debut
Paul Dano found it incredibly “scary and challenging” directing his first ever film.
The American actor has starred in countless movies but has stepped behind the camera for the first time with upcoming feature Wildlife, a drama about a marriage falling apart starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan.
“It’s so scary and challenging, and also so big and delicious; you oscillate between those daily,” he admitted to Britain’s Esquire magazine. “But I think I do that with acting as well: you’re lit up one moment, you’re in despair the next.”
His directorial debut doesn’t mean Dano is giving up acting though and fans can tune in to watch him in Netflix movie Okja, written and directed by Bong Joon Ho and also starring Gyllenhaal along with Tilda Swinton and Lily Collins.
Recalling how he was immediately drawn to the tale about a girl protecting her genetically modified pet pig from being kidnapped, Dano had nothing but praise for the director and storyline
“The seed of the film,” the star replied when asked what drew him in. “I found really exciting. It’s a very ordinary person in a super-extraordinary situation. It sounded Spielbergian in some ways. It sounded big. With a big heart and a big mind.
“(Joon Ho is) definitely a master. His tone, the stories he’s interested in; his films only he could make.”
Dano has been lucky enough to work with a number of critically acclaimed stars during his career so far, from Michael Caine to method actor Daniel Day-Lewis. And it’s the cast that help the 33-year-old get into the right mindset for whatever he’s shooting, as he noted, “The people I’ve worked with, there’s a certain feeling on set, a certain temperature. Great film-makers, great actors, that’s what they bring. It really creates a place, or a world, whatever you call it, to step into.”
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