“You don’t get actors like that who cut the bullshit,” said director Joe Carnahan admiringly of his star Liam Neeson at their TimesTalk last night.
“You get a lot of ego. You get a lot of hubris.
“It’s quality of life, and I don’t want to work with people like that — who have a ridiculous relationship with fame and entitlement.”
Neeson — who was very soft-spoken throughout the talk — returned the compliment, saying he liked working with Carnahan on The A Team so he was glad to do the new film The Grey with him.
“I like my director to be a leader,” said Neeson.
“[Joe] takes control. He’s in charge.
“There was no ‘I wonder where to put the camera.'”
With The Grey — about a sharpshooter stranded in wolf-laden Alaska — you pretty much just aimed it at the actors and let them rip as quickly as possible, thanks to 30-below temperatures and a 40-day shoot time.
But that wasn’t the end of the sharpshooting.
Carnahan says he’s gotten letters from alleged animal activists threatening, “You people are headed for a PR nightmare — unless you invite me to the premiere.”
It’s a way better approach than mine: “I’m press. Can I come and cover it in my inimitable way?”