Nicolas Cage and Director David Gordon Green Talk JOE, Working with Non-Professional Actors, Future Projects, and More at TIFF 2013

     September 12, 2013


Since George Washington hit the scene in 2000, director David Gordon Green has impressed me again and again.  Whether tackling a big studio comedy like Pineapple Express, an intimate drama like Snow Angels, or outrageous characters like Kenny Powers on HBO’s Eastbound & Down, Green has repeatedly shown he’s a gifted filmmaker that can handle any subject.  In his new film, Joe, which just premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, he tackles the story of an ex-con (Nicolas Cage) who becomes a role models to 15 year old Gary Jones (Tye Sheridan), the oldest child of a homeless family led by a drunk father.  Loaded with fantastic performances (including some incredible work by non-professional actors), Joe really impressed me at this year’s festival.

Shortly after the premiere I got to sit down with Green and Cage for an exclusive video interview.  They talked about being at TIFF, the value of non-professional actors, improvising on set, how Green values the organic process over detailed planning of shots, upcoming projects like Eastbound & Down and Tokarev, and more.  Hit the jump to watch. 

Nicolas Cage and David Gordon Green Time Index:

  • Talk about visiting different festivals and how TIFF stacks up.
  • 2:00 – Green talks about the value of non-professional actors.  Cage likes the novel approach to the process.
  • 3:40 – Green instructed the non-professional actors to treat it like any other job.
  • 4:20 – Green says there was a lot of improvisation on set.  Cage says he enjoyed the experimentation.
  • 7:00 – Green talks about his technical setup.  He values the organic process over detailed planning of shots.
  • 8:00 – Tease upcoming projects.  Eastbound & Down season 4 starts airing September 29.  Cage is excited about Tokarev.


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