PODCAST: FILMMAKER JAY ROACH ON TRUMBO

Jay Roach

Jay Roach

Filmmaker Jay Roach’s new film Trumbo takes you back to the start of the Cold War period and the fight for the American way of life in Hollywood. The film revisits a dark phase in Hollywood’s history and how fear propelled people in the film industry to act in different ways. The film highlights how Trumbo fought for his right to express ideas and for his freedom of speech. In a way it Trumbo’s fight for his First Amendment rights. What is this American way of life is an idea that Roach examines through the life of Trumbo.

Dalton Trumbo’s political beliefs landed him jail and blacklisted in Hollywood. Trumbo, a talented screenwriter, wrote Roman Holiday, Spartacus, Exodus and many other films. In spite of being blacklisted Trumbo continued to write under different names and in the end he prevailed his words.

In this interview we spoke to Roach on what drew him to make Trumbo and how they got Bryan Cranston to play the lead role. We were also curious to find out what draws Roach time and again to look at the American way of life in his films.

Trumbo stars Bryan Cranston as Trumbo, Diane Lane, CK Louis, Helen Mirren, Elle Fanning and John Goodman.

LISTEN TO JAY ROACH ON TRUMBO

Roach is the director of  Austin Powers trilogy, Meet The Parents, Meet The Fockers and The Campaign. He is the producer of Borat, Sisters and other project.

Roach studied Economics at Stanford and then went to study film at University of Southern California.

 

  • Title: TRUMBO (Rated R)
  • Running Time: 124 minutes
  • Status: November 13, 2015 in San Francisco
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: DRAMA
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Remembering Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick, the multifaceted filmmaker passed away on this day in 1999. Kubrick was born in New York, but spent most of his adult life in the United Kingdom. He started off as a photographer and went on to become a filmmaker. His film repertoire includes “Spartacus,” “Lolita,” “Dr. Strangeglove,” “The Space Odyssey,” “Clockwork Orange,” “Full Metal Jacket,” and more. Here is the full list of Kubrick’s films.

In this rare interview of Kubrick you can hear him talk about his life, childhood and films. He describes he was a misfit in school and what helped him get over it was discovering photography when he was 12 or 13 years old. And photography helped hone his problem solving skills that helped him later on in life.

Here is another rare radio interview with Kubrick created by a fan on YouTube. In this interview Kubrick about films, filmmakers, stories, authors that interest him.

 

And here is an interview I did with actor Mathew Modine, who acted in Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket,” and has written a book on his experience working for the film. And there is an app called Full Metal Jacket Diary based on Modine’s book.