Director David Michod Talks THE ROVER, Casting Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, Shooting on Film, Deleted Scenes, Upcoming Projects, and More

     June 27, 2014


Now playing in limited release is writer/director David Michôd’s thriller The Rover.  The film stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson and takes place 10 years after the collapse of society, revolving around a man who sets out to reclaim his last possession from a gang.  The pic is based on an original idea by Michôd and Joel Edgerton and marks Michôd’s long-awaited follow-up to his well-received 2010 feature debut Animal Kingdom.  For more on the film, watch the trailer or read Matt’s review.

Recently, I landed an extended video interview with David Michôd.  he talked about the genesis of the project, how he wrote the role with Pearce in mind but didn’t tell him, casting the rest of the film including his initial meeting with Robert Pattinson, deleted scenes, how The Rover was the last Australian movie shot on film, upcoming projects, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

the-rover-posterDavid Michod:

  • 0:50 – Michod describes the genesis of the project with Joel Edgerton and the movie’s ties to the financial crisis.
  • 5:20 – There is purposefully not much exposition to explain what happened to the world.
  • 7:00 – It was easier to secure funding for The Rover after Animal Kingdom.
  • 7:55 – Michod wrote the role with Pearce in mind but didn’t tell him.
  • 10:05 – Michod took a meeting with Pattinson after Animal Kingdom.  He hadn’t seen the Twilight films but liked his energy and respected his eclectic taste.
  • 12:25 – Sometimes he knows when he’s found the right actor immediately, but Michod praises casting director Kirsty McGregor for bringing actors to his attention that he may otherwise miss.
  • 14:30 – There is one deleted scene which they cut pretty early in the process.
  • 15:50 – Explains why they shot on 35mm film.  The Rover was the last Australian movie shot on film.
  • 17:00 – Talks about a couple projects in the works with Los Angeles-based companies.
  • 17:50 – He has an idea for a TV show. Talks about the experience of shooting an episode of the ballet drama series Flesh and Bone.

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