At this year’s Toronto Film Festival, I was able to speak with Jeffery Wright about starring in director George Clooney’s political drama The Ides of March. Starring Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood and Wright, the pic takes place during the tension-filled moments leading up to an all-important Ohio presidential primary where a press secretary (Gosling) finds himself in the middle of a scandal that could upend his candidates’ (Clooney) shot at winning. Loaded with great performances and a smart script, The Ides of March is really well done and definitely worth your time.
During the interview, Wright talked about how he got involved in the project, what it’s like working for Clooney, and whether he prefers the Clint Eastwood method of two takes or the Fincher method of fifty. In addition, he talks about who he plays in Stephen Daldry’s (The Reader) Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and what he might be doing in the future. Hit the jump to watch.
- What’s the last video game he’s played
- How did he get approached to be in the film
- What was it like to work with Clooney and how the film isn’t heavy handed
- Is he a fan of the Clint Eastwood 2 take method or the David Fincher way of doing things
- Talks about who he plays in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and what it’s about
- What is he going to do next. Says he has a few scripts to read