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  • - You boom!

  • - Oh my gosh, way to rub it in.

  • I don't even know what it is.

  • - You want it.

  • How's your daughter?

  • - She's good.

  • - How old is she?

  • - Five.

  • "How old is she now?"

  • (mumbling)

  • (giggling)

  • (upbeat music)

  • - And I did just see "Marriage Story,"

  • and it is phenomenal,

  • and I'll be shocked if you're not showered with awards,

  • but what made you want to tell that story?

  • I mean, it's heavy, it's dark.

  • - Yeah...

  • Probably 10 years ago,

  • Noah and I tried to work on something

  • else together that was, we kind of,

  • developed for a little bit,

  • and then just didn't end up being right,

  • and by the time it was ready to shoot,

  • I was kind of past it.

  • It wasn't the right fit.

  • - This project?

  • - No, this was a different project.

  • - Oh, it was another one.

  • - It was another project that Noah had never...

  • I don't think he ended up actually making it.

  • And I actually thought that he would

  • never call me again, I don't know.

  • I'm sure you probably have had that experience before,

  • where you feel like you...

  • maybe something didn't work out professionally

  • and you're like, "Well, there goes that relationship."

  • - No, no, no.

  • - That's never happened to you?

  • - No. - Yeah, right.

  • I was so surprised when he called me 10 years or more,

  • 15 years later, to meet, and talk about something.

  • I just thought it totally came out of the blue.

  • I met with him in a place in New York,

  • and it was like no time had passed at all.

  • We just kind of shifted right into this moment where he

  • pitched me this story a little bit,

  • and I myself was actually in the middle

  • of going through a divorce.

  • It was such a strange coincidence actually.

  • But more than it being that it was about a divorce,

  • and I was going through it,

  • and felt that that was something that I should explore,

  • I felt it was the right time for Noah and I

  • to work together on something.

  • This project felt like it was something

  • that he wanted to collaborate on,

  • and you almost got the impression that

  • he needed to cast it before he actually wrote it,

  • and that to me was exciting.

  • I felt that he was writing for me,

  • and it was so different than the experience that I had

  • had with him a decade earlier.

  • And so that's how it--

  • - How much of the script was already

  • on the page prior to signing on?

  • - It was not.

  • It was not on the page at all.

  • - It was just a concept.

  • - It was a concept.

  • - Wow!

  • - I think he maybe had started...

  • It was totally an outline, I think.

  • - Did you have input in terms of how...

  • Because one of the things that is so

  • tragic about it is that it's,

  • I think when you think of a divorce story,

  • you imagine much more of a contentious, prickly,

  • almost enemies, but a lot of the movie,

  • there's two people trying to make it work.

  • There's still an amicable...

  • You're trying to make it work for your kids.

  • Was that part of...

  • Did you have input in that?

  • 'Cause I'm assuming even in your experiences,

  • it hasn't been like, "Oh, I hate this person."

  • There's still a lot of love for the person.

  • It's just--

  • - Yeah.

  • I think it was sort of, it was Noah's intention to meet.

  • He was the one...

  • Actually, when I received the script, I was so...

  • We'd spoken so much about not just our relationships,

  • and what it was like to be single parents,

  • or how it was to co-parent.

  • But we also talked a lot about our parents,

  • and our families, and all of that

  • stuff kind of made it in there.

  • When I got the script, I was so surprised by how much love

  • remained between those two people,

  • and that there was this...

  • It was a love story told through divorce,

  • and as a relationship kind of...

  • Noah often says that,

  • "In order to fully understand something,

  • "you kind of have to pull it all apart."

  • The idea of starting from the end,

  • and building the story back up

  • was really interesting to him...

  • And I think it just, it really...

  • I think that's why the film has seemingly affected so many

  • audience members is that it is not one thing or another.

  • It's kind of multi-faceted,

  • and relationships are just complicated,

  • and you can not want to be with somebody,

  • but still find them attractive in other ways, and...

  • It's complicated, right?

  • - It's heartbreaking.

  • - Yeah.

  • I don't know.

  • It was exciting to work on it.

  • - Where do you want to live now, doll?

  • - Well, I'm here now, obviously.

  • I don't know if the show will get picked up,

  • but feels like home.

  • It is home.

  • It's the only home I've ever known without Charlie.

  • I think you probably feel this way too,

  • and I know even when we were doing all

  • the "Endgame" and "Infinity War" stuff,

  • you were prepping to do "Knives Out" already or not?

  • - Yeah, yeah, well, we were doing the

  • reshoots for those last couple bits.

  • I don't even know if you were there.

  • You were so in and out 'cause you died.

  • But I think, yeah.

  • - Spoiler alert!

  • - If you haven't seen it--

  • - If you haven't seen the movie, too bad.

  • - She didn't make it.

  • Yeah, it was towards the end of

  • filming that that Ryan reached out,

  • and sent the script for "Knives Out,"

  • and I love those movies.

  • - Because it must have been so exciting also.

  • Well I was thinking, 'cause I was doing...

  • Talking to Noah while we were doing the

  • "Infinity War" and "Endgame" stuff.

  • It was such a, something for me to hold on to

  • during those often just tedious days...

  • - Sure.

  • - Of whatever.

  • All that action storytelling that we have to do where you

  • have to be in it for these little segments of time.

  • - Well, there's a lot of things about

  • those movies where it's not just...

  • The actual film making process is very start,

  • stop, start, stop with little bits,

  • and pieces 'cause of the action,

  • that the nature of the movie,

  • plus it's roles that we've played

  • for a really long time, so really familiar with it.

  • So it is exciting.

  • No disrespect to those movies,

  • I love those movies, but to come off of them,

  • and have a completely different

  • approach to finding a character,

  • to collaborating with other artists, and ultimately just...

  • It's unchartered waters coming off of a Marvel movie.

  • It's just exciting to get a change of pace.

  • - How does it work with Ryan?

  • How is he on set?

  • - He's wonderful in a lot of ways, and it forces you...

  • He's very much a plain speaker.

  • He knows what he wants.

  • I love the idea of writer/director combos,

  • 'cause you remove that kind of...

  • When a bunch of people read one piece of material,

  • we all have subjective opinions on what we interpret.

  • And when you have a writer/director,

  • they can say, "No, this is exactly what I meant."

  • So that eliminates one question right there.

  • But Ryan just has a very...

  • He's very taciturn.

  • He's very unapologetic.

  • Two takes and you're done.

  • - Really?

  • - Yeah, which as an actor, you're terrified,

  • 'cause if you give me 50 takes, I'll take them.

  • - What do you think about that though?

  • Do you ask for more?

  • - I'd always like more, but--

  • - How come you don't ask for more?

  • - It takes me a couple of days to get

  • comfortable on set to do that.

  • You know what I mean, to feel--

  • - Why, because you feel like--

  • - 'Cause if you ask for more,

  • and they don't get better,

  • it's going to be harder to ask for

  • more in the future, 'cause you know--

  • - Really?

  • - If you can't prove that this is going to improve,

  • now you're just wasting time.

  • - That's just a funny way of looking at it.

  • - Yeah.

  • It's a really insecure, egoic way of looking at it.

  • - Do you look at the monitor?

  • Do you watch your takes, and stuff?

  • - If other people are going to, I will,

  • but I don't want to be the only one doing it.

  • - Why?

  • - 'Cause it's intimidating to watch yourself on playback.

  • But Ryan will tell you, "When we move on,

  • "we move on 'cause we got what we needed."

  • You know what I mean?

  • You trust Ryan.

  • If he says we're moving on, we're moving on.

  • - Stop, stop.

  • - You Drysdale?

  • - Call me Ransom, it's my middle name.

  • Only the help calls me Hugh.

  • - Okay, uh, this is Trooper Wagner, I'm Lieutenant Elliot.

  • We just wanna ask a few questions.

  • - You don't watch playback, do you?

  • - No, I don't.

  • It's funny how as an actor, you sometimes...

  • You know what, I feel if you have an idea,

  • and this is probably good advice

  • for actors that are kind of coming up,

  • or starting out in film,

  • if you have a good idea for something,

  • you should ask for another take.

  • Or you feel you maybe have something

  • else in you that you're curious about,

  • you should ask for another take

  • because it will haunt you forever.

  • - Sure.

  • - Even if I've done...

  • Noah in stark contrast to Ryan is just...

  • He's relentless, and you can do 45, 50 takes of one...

  • He only uses one camera,

  • and he's very specific about the words are the words,

  • that said, and every hesitation,

  • and every unfinished sentence,

  • and every one talking over one

  • another is all completely scripted,

  • and nothing is improvised and--

  • - Nothing is improvised in that movie?

  • - Not a single word.

  • - You guys both need Oscars, 'cause I was like,

  • "Oh, this is just improvised."

  • It's just not, is it?

  • - Oh my gosh!

  • You can't even add in a "but."

  • He'll remind you like--

  • - It's like theater.

  • - "You added a 'but' and," what?

  • - That's like theater.

  • - It is like theater.

  • It totally was like theater.

  • And I wanted to ask you about your