CANNES: David Michôd, Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson at The Rover dinner + Q&A with David!

Well well well! We were just whining about not having a picture of Guy and Rob together and look what we have here!

David Michôd, Guy Pearce, Liz Watts and Robert Pattinson
David Michôd, Guy Pearce, Liz Watts and Robert Pattinson

This is great! The Rover family was at a cast dinner early Saturday evening before the Vanity Fair and Armani Party.

David, Guy and Guy's wife, Kate Mestitz
David, Guy and Guy’s wife, Kate Mestitz
Guy signing autographs
Guy signing autographs
Rob signing autographs
Rob signing autographs

The Hollywood Reporter also posted a great Q&A with David about The Rover.

Four years after writing and directing his acclaimed crime drama Animal Kingdom, Australian filmmaker David Michod is in Cannes with a follow-up, The Rover, screening at the Midnight strand May 18. A bleak, futuristic Western set in the unforgiving, sun-parched outback of Australia, it stars Guy Pearce as a jaded ex-soldier who has lost his farm and family and Robert Pattinson as his sidekick, a naive, injured, ex-gangmember with less-than-astute instincts.

Michod, 41, talked to The Hollywood Reporter about his new film, the post-Animal Kingdom offers he turned down to make it and why he prefers to direct his own screenplays.

There must have been considerable pressure to follow up quickly after Animal Kingdom. How did you react to that?

Yes, things were coming at me from a number of different angles — and I actively invited it. When Animal Kingdom was received as well as it was, I kind of wanted to know what was out there. I didn’t want to just recoil from it and hide away in a corner. And yet, in a way, that’s kind of what I ended up doing for a couple of years.

Was it a question of simply being offered more crime dramas, or were there other ideas — however outlandish — on the table as well?

The weird thing is, no offer seems that ridiculous when it’s made. While many of the things that were offered didn’t necessarily feel right, I totally understand why I was being offered them. There were a number of horror films, lots of gangster movies, quite a few espionage thrillers — and a number of things that were considerably more interesting than that, too. All that’s going on is that people are trying to find ways to make commercial movies — and they want to employ filmmakers they like to do it, in the hope that the end result will be elevated somehow.

So why not jump in and make another picture?

Well, I know what making a movie is like for me. It’s an emotionally volatile experience. The idea of throwing myself into something for at least a year, year-and-a-half, that I didn’t completely love, was just frightening for me. Every time I vaguely contemplated something, I found myself shuddering and running away.

How did you stay active?

I’d already written a draft of [The Rover], but I kept working on it during that time. I made one music video [for Australian band Children Collide] and one episode of television, the Laura Dern-Michael White series Enlightened. But what I found after Animal Kingdom was that: a) I spent a lot of time traveling around the world promoting it and b) I spent even more time doing meetings and reading screenplays. And after a year-and-a-half or two years of that, I realized my job was no longer making movies, it was riding the industry merry-go-round.

Where did the idea for a dystopian outback Western come from?

[Australian actor] Joel Edgerton and I were in L.A. around 2007, and we were just hanging around, looking for something to do. And we started writing a film, which originally we thought Nash [Joel’s brother, a filmmaker and stuntman] might direct. So we thought we’d write something about cars in the desert. In the early days, it wasn’t set in the future, and it wasn’t about a dystopian Western economic collapse. It just became that as my DNA started feeding into it. It became a film about anger. I’m sure it reflects my feelings about the world. I don’t think there’s any surprise that at the center of it is an angry man.

How do you feel, now that the film is about to be unleashed?

I don’t feel quite the same level of fear and trepidation that I felt last time. Having said that, I have felt for quite a long time that it looks good, that I cast it right, that the performances are really great. Now, the question, the great unknown for me is, what people will make of it, sitting in a dark room, watching it begin and end. It’s strange how unnerving that is. I finished it back in November. I’ve been waiting to find this out for a while.

Click HERE to read the interview in its entirety!

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