Writer-Directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash Talk THE WAY, WAY BACK, Filming in Massachusetts, What They Collect, Future Projects, and Much More

     July 8, 2013


At the recent press day for The Way, Way Back, we landed an exclusive video interview with writer-directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.  The film marks their directorial debutand centers on a 14-year-old boy (Liam James) who spends his summer vacation bonding with the manager of a water park (Sam Rockwell) while staying with his mother (Toni Collette) and her overbearing boyfriend (Steve Carell).  For more on the film, watch the trailer.  The film also stars Maya RudolphRob CorddryZoe Levin, AnnaSophia Robb, and Amanda Peet.

During the interview they talked about transitioning from acting to writing/directing, how this project came together, filming in Massachusetts, Dunkin’ Donuts, if they made any changes since premiering at Sundance, the editing process, what they collect, cartoons, future projects, and more.  In addition, they reveal they’re working on a few scripts where they hope to take the same character-driven, ensemble approach but apply it to a different genre.  Hit the jump to watch.

nat-faxon-jim-rash-imageNat Faxon and Jim Rash

  • 0:23 – The transition from acting to writing/directing
  • 1:52 – How did they choose this movie for their directing debut?
  • 2:58 – If one of the reasons they chose to film in Massachusetts was because there’s a Dunkin’ Donuts on every corner.
  • 3:21 – Other than Dunkin’ Donuts, why they chose to shoot in Massachusetts
  • 5:05 – What they know now that they wish they had known before going into production
  • 6:50 – Any changes from the Sundance cut to the theatrical cut
  • 7:14 – The length of the first cut
  • 8:16 – Anything from the script that had to be cut due to the tight production schedule
  • 9:30 – The approach they had to their careers following the success of the film at Sundance
  • 11:34 – Taking the same character-driven, ensemble approach but applying it to a different tone or genre
  • 12:49 – What Rash collects or geeks out over
  • 14:32 – The cartoons Rash grew up on
  • 15:21 – What Faxon collects/geeks out over
  • 16:23 – Working titles for their current projects


Around The Web

Latest News

July Box Office Predictions: Will More Weekends Continue to Propel 2015?

Paramount and Universal fight for the top spot with franchise fare.

Zack Snyder Defends MAN OF STEEL Ending; Teases Batman Connection and Brainiac

Ben Affleck reveals how the Metropolis destruction affected Bruce Wayne.

Friday Box Office: Holdovers Still in Charge as TERMINATOR GENISYS and MAGIC MIKE XXL Stumble into Holiday Frame

Despite solid Wednesday starts, this weekend’s two new releases will not overtake 'Inside Out’ and ‘Jurassic World’ over the July Fourth weekend.

Kevin Spacey & Adrien Brody Talk Directors, Collaboration at Jameson First Shot

The short film competition this weekend announced its three winners: Stephan Tempier, Mark Middlewick & Travis Calvert

Our Favorite “AMERICAN” Movies

With “American” in the title, it can’t be bad.

BLACK PANTHER: Ava DuVernay Passes on Directing the Marvel Film

The 'Selma' filmmaker says she and Marvel had different ideas about what a 'Black Panther' movie should be.

High-Res Presentation Reel Reveals the JOHN CARTER that Could Have Been

This actually looks awesome.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN Scenes Include a Rainy Rooftop Battle and Solemn Chats with Alfred

Get ready for some more crash-bang destruction, now with twice the superheroes!

Skydance CEO & COO David Ellison and Dana Goldberg and Director Alan Taylor Talk TERMINATOR GENISYS

The director and producers talk first cut, deleted scenes, what they learned from friends and family screenings, Easter eggs, and more.

Disney’s 9 Most Wicked Animated Villains

Haleigh, Matt, and Dave single out their picks for best Disney Animated villains, ranging from Snow White's Evil Queen to Hercules' sassy ruler of the Underworld.

Page 1 of 4,02712345...102030...Last »
echo ' '; ?>