Rob Reiner Talks AND SO IT GOES, His Slip’N Slide Stunt, Working with Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, STAND BY ME, THIS IS SPINAL TAP and More

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In the July 25th release, And So It Goes, Michael Douglas leads as Oren Little.  He lives in one unit of a waterfront fourplex he owns and he can’t stand a single tenant in any of the others.  He’s got zero compassion, no patience and doesn’t care about anyone, but himself.  Trouble is, when Oren’s got no choice but to be his granddaughter’s temporary guardian, he can’t do it alone.  He needs help and lucky for him, Leah’s (Diane Keaton) willing to look past his bad attitude and do what she can to help Sarah (Sterling Jerins).

Admittedly, my favorite part of this roundtable interview was telling director Rob Reiner my dog is named after Goride in Stand By Me and getting to hear about how he developed that character, but there’s also loads of interesting details on And So It Goes, too.  Hit the jump to catch Reiner talking about working with Keaton and Douglas, deciding to act in the film as well, his top priority while making his movies and much more.  And if you missed it, click here for Reiner’s thoughts on making a Princess Bride musical.

Rob Reiner Time Index:

  • and-so-it-goes-image-rob-reiner00:00 – Enjoying making the movie is priority #1.
  • 01:02 – On finally releasing the movie after doing so much work.
  • 01:21 – On deciding to act in the film as well.
  • 02:29 – The art of wearing a toupee.
  • 02:56 – On working with Keaton and Douglas.
  • 03:35 – Does he get intimidated by big stars anymore?
  • 04:18 – Directing himself during the Slip’N Slide stunt.
  • 05:29 – On parenting later in life.
  • 07:43 – Picking the right music for Keaton’s character in the film.
  • 09:21 – The importance of Coffee An’ Donut Shop in Westport, CT.
  • 10:48 – Getting into the local culture while shooting.
  • 11:17 – Having to change his prep process on each film.
  • 12:15 – You never know when your film will become a classic.
  • 12:44 – On hearing about people sharing his films with their children.
  • 13:12 – On developing Gordie’s story in Stand By Me.
  • 15:33 – The herpes story from This Is Spinal Tap.


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  • bookon

    I would rather explain what happened to his skills. Little is sadder than a front loaded career.

  • Matt1

    Dude hasn’t made a good movie since A Few Good Men, and that was over 20 years ago! Stick to small supporting roles like Wolf of Wall Street.

    • Jackie Jormpjomp

      American President was pretty good.

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