Reply through Simon helberg, actor-director, We will never have Paris, at Quora,

Question: How does an actor or actress manage to make a film in which they also act?

A: For We will never have Paris, I acted, wrote, directed and produced, so the challenges are hard to count. I was going to argue with lawyers and complain about the damn writer, but I was the writer so …

But seriously, if something was wrong or someone was upset, whether it was crafting services, a locker room, or a joke that didn’t work, I felt responsible. It was a party that I threw, and I invited everyone, and if one person isn’t having a good time, then I feel like I’m not doing my job well.

It was overwhelming and scary, to say the least. You can only focus on one thing at a time. I would go into a scene as an actor, then my co-director and wife Jocelyn Towne would say cut, and I would quickly switch to my director’s hat. Honestly, I don’t know how much I would want to do the exact same thing again.

I don’t think anyone who happens to shoot a movie doesn’t understand the difficulty and the process. To get there, you’ve been through so much already. But if you’re going to direct and act, just brace yourself. You just need to be very clear about the story you want to tell and you need to be at the point where you need to tell it. This is the only way out. There is no reason to be there other than, “I have to tell this story.” It is an experience of humility, and you just have to get started.

Question: How does the making of a film go when there are two directors?

A: For We will never have Paris, which I directed with my wife, we had to prepare a lot. I’m in every scene as an actor in the movie, so I tried to do as much of the directing process before I came on set so that I could be an actor and be present and Jocelyn would be the director on set. . It didn’t always work out exactly that way, so we definitely had a short hand and knew at that point exactly what the vision was. There weren’t really times on set where we didn’t know what we wanted. We had done enough homework. We were very clear on what we wanted so that way when you’re on set there aren’t a lot of questions, just a lot of experimentation to achieve a common goal.

Question: What was the casting process for We will never have Paris like?

A: Blackmail and corruption.

Honestly, there were a lot of different stories for each of them. It’s that Catch 22, because you need a cast to get funding and you need funding to get a cast. Having at least a few members attracts larger players.

Jason Ritter has been one of my best friends since eighth grade, and he’s an amazing actor. So it wasn’t too difficult to get him caster.

Zach Quinto, Maggie Grace, and Alfred Molina were all actors I hadn’t worked with or didn’t know. It was really just reaching out to them and having them read the script. After everyone read it, they wanted to sit down and talk. Alfred read the script in one day and wanted to participate. We were just happy and so lucky. Work breeds work and actors breed actors, so the net is slowly widening and we have been able to attract some great people.

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