With writer/director Spencer Susser’s Hesher getting released this weekend, I recently got to speak with the filmmaker about directing his first feature after spending the last decade directing shorts. Before going any further, if you haven’t seen the trailer, I suggest watching it here. While the summer is filled with huge explosions and movies that cost hundreds of millions of dollars, I promise you…none of them feature a main character as crazy as Hesher. Playing the lead is Joseph Gordon-Levitt and it’s an awesome performance. The film also stars Rainn Wilson, Natalie Portman, and Devin Brochu. Definitely recommended.
During the interview, Susser and I talked about the challenges of getting his film made, how did he land Metallica and why did he want their music, the editing process, casting the movie, and reveals he’s writing his short film, I Love Sarah Jane, as a feature. Hit the jump to watch. You can also watch my video interview with Gordon-Levitt here.
- What’s his karaoke song
- What was the process like getting his film made
- 1:24 Getting the cast
- 3:00 Getting Metallica in the movie
- 3:45 Did he send the band the movie with their songs in it
- 4:05 The editing process
- 5:15 What is he working on now. Says he is writing the feature script to his short film I Love Sarah Jane