Episode #65

Chris Columbus and Stephen Daldry

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Chris Columbus has brought to the screen some of the biggest American family films in the last 20 years: Adventures in Babysitting, Home Alone, and Mrs. Doubtfire. He also produced and directed the first two Harry Potter films and produced the third as well. Despite this success, Columbus admits that he “always, to this day, [feels] like [he’s] gonna walk on a movie and get fired.” He reveals to Alec what it was like working with brilliant improvisers like John Candy and Robin Williams—and casting Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone.

The first time acclaimed director Stephen Daldry was expected to shout “Action!” he thought it was a joke. Alec met with Stephen Daldry in 2011, weeks before his intimate, post-9/11 drama, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, opened. Daldry’s work is precise and intimate, but in conversation with Alec he was passionate about a wide variety of topics, including communal living, the virtues of mass transit, and the Olympics.


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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