Saturday, October 27, 2012

Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire, 'Mission: Blacklist' Director, Talks About Rob And The Movie

Transcript added - Video starts around 18:36 to 22:28 and then again at 24:00

You worked with Robert Pattinson? How was it to work with the star?
It seems at the same time that Rob Pattinson ... I was interested in Robert because the same, I think he has in real life, he has a great personality and that's why he's so famous today. That's why everybody likes him like this because he's so unique and I'm really interested working with this guy because... and I saw Cosmopolis for example, his last film, and I think he did a great performance, you know, he's amazing in the film, he's totally different as in real life, at the same time you believed his character. I mean he's amazing and the character he has to do in my film, in 'Mission Blacklist', it's a tough character, I mean it's not at all what we can imagine from Rob Pattinson, or what we know about this guy so it's gonna be really interesting I'm sure he's gonna be great because he's really intense and he has this ... I know that he is a great actor inside, I'm really excited in working with him on this film and we're gonna do the same, you know living in Iraq, doing some rehearsals and as it's based on a true story we're gonna work with Eric Maddox, who's the real person on which is based the story so it's gonna be interesting to mix work with as well Iraqi non (or known?) professional actors because the film is in Iraq, it () during the war, I want to, the same, you know, in being between fiction and documentary.

So you go on the lines, on the borderlines? You have no problem to go borderlines? You know to do, to shoot a movie in Iraq?
I think to do a good movie, to do a movie you need to take risks, if you know before anything, if you calculate everything ... we don't know how to do good movies so I think it's important to take risks, and try to find different ways of making films actually, not doing all the same, that's maybe a punk attitude as well but not doing as everybody's doing, same number of days of shooting, same coût?(cost in french), same kind of set, of (???). No, we have to try to change, it can be like doing a film with three people, something with like a 100 people in a coût?, whatever, I mean trying to imagine some different stuff, even different way of walking with the actors and different way of shooting the film, that's what really interest me. That's why I walked so long as an A.D (Assistant Director), as well as trying to (???). That's a French film but we can, it's not the same script so we have to find a way of doing the film differently, as any film, you know. Even on the way you shoot the film so going in Iraq for me it's really important because it's gonna be like so different shooting there as shooting in LA in a studio for example for the actors, I mean being there and understand how it was and meeting the Iraqis who are like unique and intense and great people and understand this culture and everything, I think it's part of the process.

at 23:55

It's alright to know some different worlds and different countries and meeting different people, for example on this film with Pattinson, you know I spent like 5 weeks in Iraq, living in Saddam Hussein palaces and when I was there I say 'wow'. I mean that's why I really love making movies, you know. How could I have been sleeping in Saddam Hussein's palace if I was not director, if I wasn't working on this film. I would have never been maybe to Iraq and it was great to be there and to understand the Iraqis and to meet the Iraqis.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting! I'm so excited for Rob's new film roles. He's building an impressive Indie resume.

katy said...

Great interview! Very insightful.

I'm really excited about Mission Black List, but hoping that they will change their minds about fiming in Iraq. I can sorta understand "why" the director wants to film it there....but no movie is worth risking their lives.

I'll just worry to death, thinking Rob is there.

elwiens said...

I understand his passion about shooting in Iraq. And I know it'll be great because of his method; "being between fiction and documentary"!

seymourblogger said...

Sauvaire is a challenging director. Without risk you get boring, predictable. Sauvaire does not have this reputation. Art is risky, pushing yourself beyond your limits. The SAFE way is the way all Rob's MAMAS want, all his over-protective Mommies and they are legion.

Unknown said...

this guy might be a great director but he's a moron for wanting to endanger his cast and crew for a damn movie! He's definitely not very smart telling the world about his plans to shoot the movie in Iraq...perhaps he's never heard of the Taliban and Al Qaeda and their little "shoots" on foreigners? I love that Rob likes to take risks with his career but this risk seems a bit too high...

twilightnan said...

Wow!..Hi to's great to read a comment from a man's point of's very rare and a welcome one IMO...I share your sentiments exactly!...I hope the director will consider other options with regards to locations!

twilightnan said...

@ sorry if I wrongly assumed you are a anyway...I like your comments:-)

Unknown said...

Come on, do you really think the director would put his entire cast in danger? That he did not do his homework to figure out where and when he could film safely?

And this was Rob's decision as well. He could have stepped back from the project when he learned out the filming location. He didn't.
When it comes to his private life, everyone screams nowadays that it's his decision and people should let him be and be supportive. Well, that goes just as much for his professional life. Even more so. People need to stop babying the guy. I like Rob and love his movies and I'm sure he knows what he's doing.