‘Gone Girl’ actor talks ‘Gones’ with ‘GONE GIRL’ director on his experience
GONE GIRD, a new documentary from director Paul Thomas Anderson and producer James Wan, is out on DVD and Blu-ray today and it looks like there’s some fun stuff happening in the movie.
We recently spoke with Paul Thomas Andersen, who played the role of the mysterious and deadly Beastie Boy, about his experience on the project, the process of making the film, and how it all came together.
Here’s what he had to say:How did you first become aware of the Beastie Boys?
Paul Thomas: The idea came up to me, “Hey, this is kind of weird, I don’t know what’s going on with this, but I’m curious.”
I didn’t know who they were, but the name stuck.
I got in touch with them and they said, “We’re going to be making a movie called ‘Goned.'”
And I said, Okay, and I didn`t know what that meant, but it was so cool.
Paul Thomas is one of the world’s most famous directors, and a longtime fan of the genre.
So it was a perfect fit.
When I read the script, it was really great.
I had seen a lot of movies about the Beasties, but nothing like this, so I knew I had to be on board.
I think you had a lot to do with the Beastiest thing happening in our lives: [the murder of] [George] Michael.
How did you approach the process, and what was the process like making the movie?
Paul Thomas: It was just like, “Oh, man.
I`m gonna do this movie.”
I had a script, I had the money, I was excited.
I was like, I`ll do it.
It was so fun.
We had some really good friends of mine that were there, too, [director] Matt [Larsen and producer] Robert Redford.
It felt like it was going to happen.
We had a really good working relationship with them.
They wanted it to be this thing that I could just relax and just let go and go on my way, and it was.
And I was just trying to find the best way to make it.
Paul Thomas is such a big believer in letting people find their own way and doing it for themselves.
PaulThomas was able to film his scenes with the boys in the back seat of his car, and he says it was fun to do that because you’re able to feel what it’s like to be in a car with the guys.
He also says that it was pretty much a shoot-out.
He’s been a big fan of [George Michael’s] music for a long time.
Was that a big factor?
PaulThomas: Oh, yeah.
He was so excited about that.
It`s like he had this thing he wanted to do, and now he wanted it.
And he did it.
The Beasties are a family.
That was his motivation for doing it.
I love how they came to terms with this character.
They’re like, we’re just going to take it and leave it at that.
They just wanted to make sure that it felt right and that it really worked.
PaulThomas: I think the best thing was the fact that it took place in a very isolated world, and the boys were just like “Well, it`s just a movie, we have to go through it, we can`t go to a club or anything, so let`s do it, okay?”
[Laughs]PaulThomas’ experience working with the group is unique.
His family was killed in a gang-related shooting and he and his brothers were forced to live with his father.
Paul’s dad worked in a gas station as a mechanic, so he went out and shot the gang members and then got into the gas station and shot everyone.
He got killed in the gas and had to leave his father behind, and his mother had to live in a motel.
Paul and his brother were like, Let`s make a film about our father, but we want to do it from a different point of view.
I mean, we just want to get out of there, because that`s what they were doing, right?
They were living in this kind of isolation, and we wanted to get back to the boys and make it work.
Paul says the brothers are like, It`ll be like “Let`s get back together, we don`t have to worry about nothing.
We have nothing to worry a little bit.”
They just want it to happen, but they want to be able to leave the house.
They want to make a new family.
It`s a really important scene for him.
How much did he trust that he would be able play the Beast, that he could do it?
Paul: It`d be a dream come true.