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The Oath is a film that was recently released in the United States and it is the directorial debut of Ike Barinholtz. Fellow actors Jordan Peele, Seth Rogen and Mindy Kaling have all made their directorial debuts just as Ike Barinholtz has done now and, in an interview with Collider, he spoke about this movie as well as the advice he got from Peele, Rogen and Kaling.
This is what Ike Barinholtz had to say on directing his brother, Jon Barinholtz, in The Oath:
“Look, I knew early on, right away, that the most combative characters would be me and him, and his girlfriend, I include in that too, Abby. I was like, ‘I gotta cast my brother in this. I know he’s a great actor.’ He’s on an NBC sitcom called, ‘Superstore’, but I knew that he’s a great actor that I have so much emotional history with, that I will get mad at him, and I can more importantly get him mad at me.”
“In those moments, I’m being a dick to him, not just like … I wasn’t abusive, but I was just like, ‘Come on man, let’s go. I’m just trying to get this hit.’ And push him a little bit.”
“My mom saw the movie, and she goes, ‘There were scenes where you were being mean to Jonathan, and I could tell.’ But I told her, ‘Hey, I paid him, so he can stop complaining. Take it up with the union!’ But, it was such a joy, and I thought he just did such a great job at it.”
Advice From Jordan Peele, Seth Rogen + Mindy Kaling
Ike Barinholtz had this to say on the advice he received from Jordan Peele, Seth Rogen and Mindy Kaling:
“You know, Jordan Peele told me, he’s like, ‘You have to be somewhat malleable, but don’t be malleable on concept, and story, and the core things that are important to you. Hold onto that, and that’s what’s gonna make this movie special.’ So, he gave me that. Mindy Kaling gave me just advice, when she saw the cut, about some scene changes, and stuff.”
“Seth Rogen gave me very good advice, that James Franco gave him, which is, when you’re directing yourself, as an actor, a comedic actor especially, after two takes, you’re like, ‘I got it. I got it. We can move on.’ And he’s like, ‘If everyone of all the cast, if you gave them all two takes, give yourself three. Give yourself four.’ Because, your performance is not as good as you think it is, because you’re so … you’re just not there.”
“You’re thinking about something else. You’re in the moment, but you’re also thinking about the stunt coordinator meeting that you have a 3:30, and you gotta go talk to him, and make sure the stunt’s safe.”
“So, I gave myself a little bit more room, and that actually just made my performance a little bit better, but I think also gave us just a little more shit in scenes to play with, so that was really good advice.”
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