Opening this weekend is director David Dobkin’s upcoming drama, The Judge. Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder. The film marks a departure for Dobkin, who has previously helmed comedies such as Wedding Crashers, Fred Claus and The Change-Up, and it’s also a big debut of sorts for Downey Jr.—The Judge is the first film released under his production banner Team Downey, which he runs with his wife and producing partner Susan Downey. The film also stars also stars Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, David Krumholtz, Balthazar Getty, and Denis O’Hare. For more on The Judge, watch the trailer or these eight clips.
At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with David Dobkin. He talked about what it was like directing Downey Jr. and Duvall, filming in Massachusetts, his first cut, why he hates extended cuts and how he won’t be doing any in the future, shooting on film, and more. In addition, with Dobkin producing the Vacation reboot, he talked about what it’s about and how impressed he was with John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein‘s script. Hit the jump to watch.
- What was it like directing Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall?
- What was it like filming in Massachusetts and does he miss Dunkin Donuts? Talks about why he filmed there and what it brought to the project.
- Talks about his first cut of the film. Says the assembly was 4 hours.
- Will he release an extended cut of The Judge? Talks about how he won’t be doing any extended cuts of his films in the future. Explains why.
- Talks about shooting on film and if it was a challenge to get the studio onboard.
- Talks about the Vacation sequel/reboot and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.