Chris Columbus and Stephen Daldry
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.