Episode #65

Chris Columbus and Stephen Daldry

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Alec Baldwin talks with two film directors who have found success pursuing very different artistic and commercial goals. 

Stephen Daldry (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Reader, The Hours) offers a window into his past – from training as a clown and driving giraffes through Pompeii to being serenaded with Billy Elliot songs by a persistent Elton John. Alec and Stephen trade notes on acting styles, and whether or not Stephen’s desire to make work “to change the world” is achievable.

Alec also speaks with the king of family friendly films, director Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone). They talk about their early years at NYU and Chris’ transition into movie making under the guidance of Steven Spielberg. Chris talks about how directing a film isn’t just about the final product: "it's very important to me that ... the person who has the smallest job on the set, feels as if he or she has contributed something that day." Chris Columbus also describes what it was like to meet J. K. Rowling when he was under consideration for the Harry Potter series, and the advice she gave him as he recently completed his first novel for young readers, House of Secrets.

Comments [2]

Becky from St. Louis, MO

First of all, Mr. Baldwin, I can AND HAVE listened to several of your HTT interviews SEVERAL times. This is another one that I will listen to again and again. Mr. Columbus is SUCH a down-to-earth guy -- such a beautiful thing. It's so nice to hear of another superior/boss/director who treats their employees with this kind of respect. <3

And when will there be more interviews?! You're still doing this, correct? Oh I hope so, I absolutely love your interviewing style. Looking forward to them!


Sep. 14 2014 03:06 PM
Naghi Prasad from Palo Alto, CA

I love this show!! Alec Baldwin is a natural! He has a way of connecting with his guests and drawing out interesting insights from them. If you want to get a peek into an artist's mind or the journey he or she went through, this is the show to listen to.

May. 04 2014 09:34 PM

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