On Sept. 27, we were on the red carpet for the New York Film Festival premiere of director David Cronenberg’s latest film “Maps To The Stars” at Alice Tully Hall. The dark hollywood satire boasts an incredible ensemble, which includes Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams, Sarah Gadon, and Evan Bird. We had the opportunity to speak with David, writer Bruce Wagner and star Julianne Moore on the red carpet. Read what they had to say below:
What did you love about this script?
David Cronenberg: Well, it’s funny, it’s terrifying, it’s monstrous and hilarious and very true, very accurate about some aspects of life as we humans are living it and those are things that are very rare to find in a script. These days a lot of scripts are sequels, you know what you’re gonna get, and with Bruce Wagner’s scripts you don’t know what you’re gonna get and even though there have been many movies made about Hollywood, this is his experience growing up in Hollywood and being in the film business and it’s unique.
Julianne Moore plays a fading star named Havana. Moore won best actress at Cannes for her performance in this film. “David is such a tremendous artist. He really is a true auteur and it was such a privilege and an honor to get to work with him. I had always wanted to do a David Cronenberg movie, I can’t believe it actually happened and to be here with this movie at New York Film Festival is just tremendous,” she told us exclusively.
Writer Bruce Wagner gave us some insight into what inspired the story.
What inspired you to write this film?
Mostly at the time I wrote it was I was having a horrific time in Hollywood. I was a hack screenwriter. I was young and I found myself going a little mad and so I thought I would write this almost the way that a girl writes a diary, that no one would ever see it and I wrote it to almost cleanse myself of whatever anguish I was experiencing and then I put it away and then ten years later I showed it to David … probably about 2005.
Speak about collaborating with David.
He’s extraordinary and I’ve been saying that he’s so extreme and poetic in his sensibility that he was the only one that would have touched it and could have done it any kind of justice.
What was it like to see Julianne bring your character to life?
I’ve known Julianne a long time and there’s really not much you can say about her, other than she’s absolutely fierce and fearless. That’s the most exciting thing to see in an artist, when they have absolute fearlessness and all of her choices are instinctive, her instincts are just so pure. So I was privileged.
The New York Film Festival, which runs through is Oct. 12, is presented by Jaeger-LeCoultre, American Airlines, The New York Times, HBO, Stella Artois, The Kobal Collection, Variety, Trump International Hotel and Tower, Row NYC Hotel, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts. NYFF is presented by the Film Society Of Lincoln Center. Stay tuned for more of our coverage.