- Title: Director Warren Beatty and cast talk 'Rules Don't Apply'
- Date: 23rd November 2016
- Summary: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 11, 2016) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR AND ACTOR WARREN BEATTY SAYING: "No, I don't think about the formality of retiring, no, because you never know, you might have an idea. I've been very lucky because I haven't had to do picture after picture after picture so I'm not sick of making movies. I've been away from movies for years at a time, I've been very lucky that I've been able to do a lot of other things in this little thing called life and I've had a political life, I've had a life with my kids which has meant more to me than anything, Annette (Bening) and the kids, and I attribute the freedom to do that by having a lucky early start with making a movie with (Elia) Kazan at the beginning that became a hit and then I became whatever that makes you and I haven't had to go and do movie after movie after movie so... the answer to your question is like the answer to most questions, 'I don't know!'"
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- Keywords: Rules Don't Apply Warren Beatty Annette Bening Matthew Broderick Lily Collins Alden Ehrenreich
- Location: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES / UNIDENTIFIED FILMING LOCATIONS
- City: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES / UNIDENTIFIED FILMING LOCATIONS
- Country: USA
- Topics: Arts/Culture/Entertainment,Film
- Reuters ID: LVA00259O30B1
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Returning to the big screen for the first time in 15 years, and to the director's chair for the first time in 18 years, Warren Beatty is adamant that he has no plans to retire.
His latest movie, which he not only helmed but also wrote and stars in as eccentric mogul Howard Hughes, is "Rules Don't Apply" and is getting awards-season buzz.
He told Reuters: "I don't think about the formality of retiring, no, because you never know, you might have an idea. I've been very lucky because I haven't had to do pictures after picture after picture so I'm not sick of making movies. I've been away from movies for years at a time, I've been very lucky that I've been able to do a lot of other things in this little thing called life and I've had a political life, I've had a life with my kids which has meant more to me than anything, Annette (Bening) and the kids, and I attribute the freedom to do that by having a lucky early start with making a movie with (Elia) Kazan that became a hit, then I became whatever that makes you.'"
Bening, his wife co-stars in the film, and Beatty still considers her his muse. He explained: "At first when you said is she a muse I thought (you meant) does she remain amused by me? Is she a muse? Yes, yes, I need her approval."
The film also stars Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins, who plays actress Marla Mabrey and he plays her driver, Frank. Collins told Reuters that Hollywood deals being done on four wheels is as relevant today as it was in the 1950s even if now it can be more coincidental.
She said: "I actually never thought of it that way with the whole driving thing and Uber because when you get into an Uber I do feel like conversations are just struck up that sometimes you're like, 'Are you really sharing your life story?' It's very interesting and I've been, or my friends have been, in an Uber when all of a sudden they (the driver) will pitch them a script. It is quite funny that a lot of those situations arise but I think with this one specifically they are both under contract by the same person but there is an oversharing of stories sometimes that go on and most likely they all involve Hollywood in some way."
"Rules Don't Apply" paints a clear picture of a Hollywood full of idiosyncrasies, something co-star Matthew Broderick says still exists.
He told Reuters: "I wasn't around all that back then but I have seen many years of it and I guess it changes but it's always been people selling themselves and beauty and there are a lot of opportunities for weirdness in Hollywood. That's all still there. It's a little harder to hide now though. I mean the parties that you read about they used to have... Like Clarke Gable jumping from a blimp... I think somebody might get that and might notice that now..."
For Ehrenreich, he feels the film has a very personal connection for Beatty. He explained: "Something that Warren has done throughout his whole career, whether it's "Bugsy" or "Bonnie and Clyde" or "Reds" or this, he's taken a historical figure and used that figure to kind of speak to personal feelings and things Warren wants to express in a very personal, somewhat not autobiographical but very intimate personal way. I think that that applies very much to mine and Lily's characters as much as it does to his (Howard) Hughes character, it definitely applies to the Hughes character, but it is in a way, an expression of who he is now and who he was at the beginning of his career."
"Rules Don't Apply" is in theaters in the United States from November 23.
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