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Gaghan v Soderbergh
  • Syriana director Stephen Gaghan again attacks the hand that fed and nurtured him in this Financial Times interview:

    "I wanted two hours 24 minutes. But Steven (Soderbergh, executive-producing) insisted on two hours. I think he was dead wrong and he ruined my movie." He ruined it? "Yes." Did you quarrel? "Yes." Terminally?"Terminally."

    He goes on: "You know what? It's the irony of Syriana [the composite name embraced by Gaghan for the Middle East countries fought over by oil seekers]. It's ego and power. End of story. Let me tell you something off the record." I turn off the tape-recorder and turn up my eardrums. Gaghan launches into a blistering attack on another significant player in Syriana who insisted on cutting the film just where, for Gaghan, its major veins and arteries were.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 1st, 2006 10:15 am (UTC) (Link)
    It would be very interesting to see Gaghan's cut. My only criticism of the film was I felt certain aspects were under-developed - personally I wanted it to be longer. I'm surprised at Steven Soderbergh though. It's not as if the people going to see this are your usual popcorn crowd with an attention span of 5 minutes. And I wonder who the other 'significant' player is? Clooney? In an interview on British TV recently he said he had final cut on both Good Night and Good Luck and Syriana.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 1st, 2006 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for your comments. It's certainly inferred that it's George as the significant player - maybe a scene making his character less sympathetic was removed?

    I don't see what Gaghan is aiming for with this second attack on his own movie, and the people involved with its production. Maybe he's disappointed his master effort didn't receive greater acclaim, but he's coming across as an arrogant and petulant child at present.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 1st, 2006 12:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Gaghan must have got his fingers burned. Then again, his second comment was 'off the record' But these things are never 'off the record' - a sure way of getting something printed - even by the Financial Times! Still, maybe he will feel better when he reads the reviews which have just started to come out in the UK - they have all been excellent.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 1st, 2006 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I come from the UK, the response (like you said) has been excellent for the movie. The reviews (and i saw an interview) they've been good! Soo looking good!
    Its come out this friday at cinemas, so i can not wait to see it (about time aswell, where way to slow over here)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 2nd, 2006 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)
    Seems to me he's just trying to point the finger and find someone to blame for the fact that his movie pretty much bombed.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 2nd, 2006 06:31 am (UTC) (Link)
    But Syriana didn't bomb. It just about made back its production costs in the US alone, and topped the international box office last weekend. It just wasn't the critical success (ie serious awards) that Gaghan may have hoped for.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 2nd, 2006 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)
    I saw this really cute thing on TV that when Lisa Rinna was 7 months pregnant with her daughter she went to the Academy Awards where Matt and Ben won their Oscars. well I guess he was so nice that he went over to her and put his Oscar on her belly and kissed her belly. I just thought that was really sweet.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 2nd, 2006 06:35 am (UTC) (Link)
    That is cute - thanks.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 2nd, 2006 05:20 am (UTC) (Link)
    Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn't this his first movie? Maybe Steven saw some things that weren't relevant, but then again, he can always throw in his version in the Director's Cut sale of the DVD.

    I didnt see the movie, not interested in that type, but my husband did and enjoyed it, in the sense of its connection to oil and its connection or meaning to our current situation.

    I also agree the other major player is George that he refers to here, but he should remember that you don't bite the hand that feeds you, or in this case, gave him a major career opportunity. I say that because I heard Steven and George fought for him to direct 'his' movie, he should keep that in mind.

    Few people (writers especially) get to see their work filmed as they want it to, and many of them will tell you about certain scenes cut for whatever reason, but when someone else is paying the piper you do the best you can, cowboy up and move on.

    I would be interested to see if he gets to work with George and or Steven again. I would hazard to guess that would be a big 'no'.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 2nd, 2006 06:40 am (UTC) (Link)
    It was Gaghan's second outing as director after "Abandon".

    The movie was superb, intelligent and I personally thought it worked beautifully. Timely, thoughtful and very well made. Gaghan may have a very high opinion of himself, but he's a talented screenwriter and film-maker. That means he will always get work - his next film is expected to star Leo.
    From: _peachtrees_ Date: March 2nd, 2006 05:36 am (UTC) (Link)

    new pics

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 2nd, 2006 06:41 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: new pics

    Many thanks. I'll post those pics and some others from the series soon.
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