Jay Baruchel Talks with the Montreal GazetteCast Interview Jay Baruchel
Bryan Kelly from The Montreal Gazette.com recently discussed Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg and his next projects with Jay Baruchel.
I got a call saying – ‘There’s two days (of shooting) on the new David Cronenberg movie, would you want to…..’ and I just cut off my manager and said – ‘Yup’,” said Baruchel. “And he was like – ‘O.K. let me just send you the script and see if it’s something you want to do.’ And I cut him off again. I said – ‘I don’t care. I don’t care what I’ll be doing.’ The fact of the matter is that the man, Mr. Cronenberg, is one of my heroes. One of my idols. My inspiration. I’ve dreamt of the chance of getting to meet him and pick his brain, let alone act for him. So it was a no-brainer for me.
“And it was a predictably unique experience. He’s super disarming and quite a smiley guy. He’s laidback. He’s similar to (Clint) Eastwood” – who directed Baruchel in Million Dollar Baby – “in the sense that he gives a minimal amount of direction. The rehearsal is the direction. Then he tells you where to sit and when you gotta do what you gotta do. It was awesome. Then the rest of the time I was just weirding him out by asking about Videodrome. The film nerd in me couldn’t help himself.
“It was a trip man,” said Baruchel. “On every possible level, it was an amazing two days of work. I was getting to work with my hero and getting to contribute to Canadian film. It was also fun to do something so weird. 90-percent of the time you’re doing stuff where you’re falling on banana peels. So it’s neat to spend two days in a limo doing an ethereal monologue.”
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