Opening May 23rd, Phil Alden Robinson’s dark comedy, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, marks his first directorial effort since his 2002 action thriller, The Sum of All Fears. Robin Williams stars as Henry Altmann, an unhappy man who is suddenly forced to reassess his life after his doctor (Mila Kunis) gives him an unexpected diagnosis. What starts out as a bad day turns into something far worse as he struggles to right all his wrongs in what he believes are the final moments of his life. The impressive cast also includes Peter Dinklage, Melissa Leo, James Earl Jones, and Hamish Linklater.
In an exclusive interview, Robinson spoke about what inspired him to direct again, why he was drawn to the riskiness of the project and thought it was a gamble worth taking, how he attracted the strong cast and what the actors brought to the film, what he discovered making his first indie film, the challenges of finding the right tone, the contributions of DP John Bailey and composer Mateo Messina, what he learned about the creative process from director Sydney Pollack, his thoughts on the 25th anniversary of Field of Dreams and Kevin Costner’s performance, and his cool, upcoming projects including The Jazz Ambassadors with Morgan Freeman, two recently completed spec scripts, and a pilot for a new cable TV drama. Hit the jump to read the interview.