Pegeen Mike Stapleford (GRETA GERWIG) & Simon Axler (AL PACINO) in THE HUMBLING
A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the Virginia Film Fest and check out the many sights and sounds to be had. Hosted by UVA in Charlottesville, the festival had much to offer in the way of films, special guests, and (of course) parties. With that said, among my highlights as a returning visitor was catching up with one of this year’s special guests, Barry Levinson. Perhaps best known for his Oscar-winning directorial effort, RAIN MAN, Mr. Levinson has been recognized (with nominations) by the Academy many times over not only for his directing talents, but also for his writing talents as well.
This year, the critically-acclaimed filmmaker/writer was on hand at the festival to not only promote his latest film, THE HUMBLING, but also to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of his baseball classic, THE NATURAL. Adapted from a novel by Philip Roth, the former film tells story of aging actor, Simon Axler (PACINO), who, after an incident on stage finds himself serving a brief stint in a psych ward and later retreating his Connecticut home. Once there, a tragic comedy ensues as he engages in a heated affair with his actor friends’ lesbian daughter, Pegeen (GERWIG).
Seeing that the film is an adaptation, in our interview together I asked Mr. Levinson to compare the challenges of helming an adaptation vs. an original screenplay. In addition, we also manage to discuss his next upcoming film, ROCK THE KASBAH, set to hit theaters next year. Check out the interview below…. (more…)