With James Gray’s “The Lost City Of Z” hitting the UK this weekend, some of the cast has been doing press including Robert Pattison who spoke with the Kermode and Mayo podcast (via The Playlist) and discussed how he loves working on left-of-center movies and keeps pursuing projects with notable auteurs.
“You can have a great director with an OK script and the likelihood is they’ll probably make a good movie. I like feeling alien in an environment. The next few things I’m doing are wildly swinging in the other direction.”
One of those projects is Ben and Joshua Safdie ‘s “Good Time,” alongside Jennifer Jason-Leigh and Barkhad Abdi, which he describes as a neo-grindhouse crime film:
“The next movie is this really hardcore kind of Queens, New York, mentally damaged psychopath, bank robbery movie”.
After that is “Damsel,” a western from the Zellner brothers (“Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter”) co-starring Mia Wasikowska:
“[It’s] a kind of slapstick comedy. I don’t play that much any more, though I am doing music for [‘Damsel’]. I used to differentiate between music and acting but the more I don’t play music, the more I push that area of my brain into acting. I improvise like I would when I play music.”
Another one is something quite different:
“Then hopefully [I’m] doing this 100% improvised movie afterwards. You just try and do things that you hope you won’t be bored in and then hopefully other people won’t be bored in it too.”
Other projects on the way are Oliver Assayas’ gangster flick “Idol’s Eye” and Claire Denis’ “High Life”.