If you're a fan of podcasts, you've probably heard of Marc Maron's WTF podcast. It's pretty famous for the in-depth and often emotional interviews. His work with filmmakers and actors like Paul Thomas Anderson and Melissa Leo is the stuff of legends.
It seems like Maron can get anyone to talk and to share. But it doesn't mean they let him publish their chats with him. In a recent interview with Jodie Foster, Maron and Foster bonded over perfectionist David Fincher.
"I did a two-and-a-half-hour conversation with him," Maron told Foster. "And he didn’t think it was right. He wouldn’t let us release it. So I’m sitting on this two-and-a-half-hour conversation with David Fincher. He’s like, 'I don’t know, let’s hold off on it, because I think I could do more.'"
Maron added, "He seems like this perfectionist, you know, tormented guy."
It was funny to hear Fincher's perfectionism extends past his movies to his interviews.
When prompted, Foster gave her own viewpoints.
"He just makes me want to put my arms around him and tell him, you know what, it is gonna be okay. Like, chillax. And I love him for it. I love him that he is so committed," Foster said. "And he gives 100,000 times more than anybody else on that movie. I mean, and he can do any of our jobs better than we can. I mean, he’s a better actor than I am. He’s a better prop master. He’s a better DP. So I’m always just, bow down in the presence of somebody who really is just so gifted and so committed. But it’s hard to be David Fincher, I wouldn’t want to be him."
Of course, they had to talk about Fincher’s tendency to film many takes, to which she said, "He doesn’t drive me crazy. I love him. He makes me laugh. And it’s true that it’s annoying that you have to do as many takes as you do. And I was pregnant… I was pregnant on Panic Room. And by the end of it, I was six months, or almost six months pregnant by the end of it. And by the end of it, I couldn’t move. I literally could not walk down the street. I couldn’t move. I had to go on bed rest after that for another three weeks. And despite all of that, like, I would just do anything for him. Yeah, I would do anything for that guy."
This was a very fun and revealing look into Fincher. Foster, an accomplished director herself, definitely has an interesting perspective into what Fincher is like on set and in real life. The podcast is excellent, as are all of Maron's chats.
But this stood out to us. When the pandemic is over, let's all hug Fincher and thank him for the movies or TV. Or at least, think about how he deserves a hug.
What did you learn from this? Let us know in the comments.