INTERVIEWS: David Cronenberg talks about Howard Shore and Metric, the limo as metaphor and MORE


The US release of the Cosmopolis Bluray/DVD has brought on a slew of new David Cronenberg interviews. This batch is from Details, The Playlist and IFC.

IFC: They have a feature called “Call-In Commentary ” where they ask directors to weigh in on their film trailers. The Cosmopolis trailer had some heat from folks because they felt it didn’t represent the film but I like what David says here and agree very much with his last sentence. Click HERE to watch the video and be sure to check out his commentary on the whole film in the Bluray/DVD special features.

The Playlist: They got to interview David Cronenberg and talk to him about his novel, Maps To The Stars and of course, Cosmopolis! An excerpt:

Howard Shore was instrumental in reaching out to Metric to do the score for “Cosmopolis.”
Among the many unique touches within Cronenberg’s dizzying “Comopolis,” was a score that included music from Canadian rock group Metric. And the director credits composer Howard Shore, who also worked on the film, for getting the band involved. “He is very collaborative and very inventive. When he mentioned Metric and thought that their music would be a really good fit, I thought it would go well with the movie,” Cronenberg said. “And I really depend on Howard and that collaboration because he really does know so many people in the business and his tastes are very broad and he really does have an appreciation for all types of music. You can always really depend on him to bring in really interesting elements into your score. And he did.”

David Cronenberg says Robert Pattinson surprises him as an actor, just like Viggo Mortensen.
Many wondered if how “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson and director David Cronenberg would mesh, particularly on a project as talky as “Cosmpolis,” which requires a confident and compelling leading man. But as it turns out, Cronenberg had a great time working with the young actor and has nothing but praise for the rising star.

“I really think he’s a terrific actor. He’s extremely inventive. He surprised me every day on ‘Cosmopolis’ with the nuances and things that he did which were unexpected. Of course I was very familiar with the dialogue and yet he would surprise me,” Cronenberg enthused. “And I thought, this is a guy who I would like to work with some more, which is how I felt with Viggo Mortensen. When you find an actor who surprises you everyday, you figure, he could do it some more with a completely different role in a completely different movie.”

Click HERE to read about David’s comments on his next film, Maps To The Stars. We’re going to be covering that film as well. For now, you can follow us on twitter:

Details: Another great interview with David Cronenberg and the author was pretty stoked about it 🙂

DETAILS: You directed Fast Company (1979), Crash (1996), and now Cosmopolis. What is it about sexy cars that keeps pulling you back in?

DAVID CRONENBERG: The car here is very metaphorical. It’s a time machine. It’s a time capsule. It’s a spaceship. And it’s a tomb in a way. It’s a mausoleum for [Cosmopolis character Eric Packer]. It really has metaphorical import more than car import for me.

DETAILS: Did spending most of the film inside the limo feel more like a limitation or a freedom?

DAVID CRONENBERG: I actually like shooting in confined spaces. I find that you get an automatic enhancement of intensity and it’s also a really interesting visual challenge. Prior to shooting, I showed my crew Lebanon, which is this Israeli movie that takes place entirely inside a tank and Das Boot, which takes place almost entirely in a submarine. Just to encourage them to feel not the limitations, but the creative possibilities.

DETAILS: There’s a very slick, high-tech fashion to the film. What was your inspiration for the look of Rob’s character?

DAVID CRONENBERG: It all comes from what the characters are supposed to be in the movie. They’re both very wealthy. They’re both very comfortable with their wealth. It’s interesting because some people have asked, “Is Rob’s fame a parallel to Packer?” And I say, “No, quite the contrary. Eric Packer is not famous at all. He doesn’t want his name in the paper.” He dresses well, but sort of conventionally. In fact, Rob said that he wanted the guy to be dressed in almost a non-descript way. It’s expensive clothes, but it’s not flashy.

David continues to talk about Cosmopolis, Maps To The Stars and more so click HERE to read the whole interview!