Interview: ‘Free Fire’ Director Ben Wheatley

Free Fire is out now in theaters and prior to the film release I had a chance to speak to director Ben Wheatley about the film when he came to Chicago on the promotional tour. I sat down with Ben at the swanky Waldorf Astoria in Chicago and we talked about the movie. Ben discussed the casting of the actors, the idea for how Free Fire came about and I also tell him about my displeasure with High-Rise. Listen to the entire audio below:

MY TAKE:

I wasn’t sure what kinda personality Ben has, but I was rather surprised how professional, yet forthcoming he was. He seems like the kinda guy that you wouldn’t expect to prank you and mess with you, but he might. So basically I felt a hidden dry sense of humor from him. I mean from the start I didn’t exactly endear myself to him by throwing out my disdain for High-Rise. I had no idea how he would react, but I’ll give him credit that he kept it cool, while giving me some shit for it, rightfully so. Obviously he would defend his project, but wasn’t dismissive of me either so I appreciated that.

As far as the film goes, I did enjoy Free Fire a hell of a lot more than High-Rise. This is a really fun film, with a lot of witty dry British humor. I asked him about his wife being is co-worker and writing his films with him. It was interesting to hear how he goes about that process. I also liked his honesty about wanting to do a bigger budget film, I’m sure there are some indie directors can’t swallow their pride and be candid about wanting to do something bigger budget and sacrificing their independent roots. On a side note, at the end of the interview when we posted for the pic (the featured image for this article) Ben asks the rep taking the picture if his fly was open! Haha. It wasn’t, but I got a kick out of that spontaneous joke. Overall, Ben Wheatley seemed like the kinda guy you’d wanna have beers with and shoot the shit with.

‘Free Fire’ is out now in theaters. Check your local listings. 

Interview: Director John Hamburg Discusses “Why Him?”

Why Him? Was one of the best comedies in the last year, it recently was released on Blu-ray & DVD. I had a chance to speak to the director of the film John Hamburg. John was the man behind successful comedies such as Meet the Parents, ZoolanderLittle Fockers and I Love You, Man. John discusses the making of the film. He talks about working with James Franco and Bryan Cranston, how the idea for the movie originated and a lot more. Check out the audio of the interview below:

MY TAKE:

John was really cool to talk to. There were some things I learned that surprised me. I thought it was awesome that he was James Franco’s college professor. What are the odds of that happening? Though, how many classes did Franco attend while he was filming 127 Hours? Of course the movie spawned from a story Jonah Hill had told. I can only imagine Johan going to meet the girlfriends parents. 

John is a really engaging individual with a lot of charisma. It was interesting to hear that he doesn’t want to go the route of sequels and seems like from what he said that he wouldn’t come back or entertain a Why Him? sequel. I’m not crazy about sequels myself, but I’d love to see these characters come back. There is no denying that Hamburg is a tremendous writer, his comedies are some classics. No doubt his directing is just as good. This movie couldn’t possibly be easy to direct with all the chaos that ensues. It was a pleasure to talk to John and hear his thoughts on the movie. 

I highly recommend Why Him? It really is a hilarious film. I saw it three times and it’s one of those films that never gets boring. The performances are really good and the casting itself was ideal. Check it out! 

Why Him? is out now on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital HD and On Demand