Rob and Cronenberg talk to ‘The Boston Globe’ about adapting the novel, Cosmopolis, to the big screen and the experience they shared while ringing the opening bell for the New York Stock Exchange.
One of the most difficult tasks for Cronenberg was translating the intricate dialogue from the novel to the silver screen. In order to keep the flavor of the book in tact, Cronenberg maintained the poeticism. When asked about whether Cronenberg and Rob had a better understanding of the story now that they’ve finished filming, they both respond with saying that they are still learning new themes and interpretations:
Pattinson: Well, I like it. I don’t think that confusion is necessarily a bad thing. We’ve done hundreds of interviews now and I still find myself coming up with new things to say.
Cronenberg: Those statements that we made, which were very candid, can be misinterpreted as meaning we were inept, incompetent. But not at all. You know, I don’t do storyboards, for example. I don’t really know what I’m going to do at every set up and every shot. It’s all very spontaneous and of-the-moment, even what lens to use. That’s what we’re talking about. We don’t have it all mapped out. We’re trusting the script and trusting the dialogue that is all 100 percent Don DeLillo’s and taken from the novel directly. We know that if we respond directly to that . . . the movie will have its coherence.
Further in the interview, Rob and Cronenberg are asked to share their experiences from ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange:
Cronenberg: All through the halls of the stock exchange they have these monitors built into the walls, and they were all showing clips of “Cosmopolis.” All of the people there who were marshaling us were incredibly excited about the movie and really wanted to see it. And they were incredibly friendly and sweet, and I was suddenly thinking, “This is the wonderful, friendly face of capitalism. I don’t know why I’ve been fighting it for so long. I think I’m going to buy some stock.” [Pattinson laughs.] And the stock exchange is about marketing. To link the starting of the day with some product that’s being marketed was a no-brainer. And the fact that it might be rather ironic that we were opening the stock exchange; I don’t think it occurred to them.
Pattinson: I’m so clueless about anything to do with that world. I was kind of just terrified that I was somehow going to mess it up. And also to see people’s enthusiasm. It’s so alien. Even people’s attitudes there. It seems so alien to me. I mean, I’ve met traders before, but in their own environment — everyone’s extremely happy, which is not what I expected. It doesn’t seem stressful at all. They were all excited about seeing who was going to ring the bell this morning. They had the American gymnastics team closing it that day. It looks like a really fun place to work.
When asked about how well Rob and Cronenberg have gotten along during this publicity tour, Cronenberg responds, “we were Tweedledum and Tweedledee.” I think I can speak for everyone when I say that a Cronenberg film is not the most commercialized piece of film. Therefore, his fan base tends to be a bit off-kilter. Rob comments on the interesting mix of Cronenberg’s horror fans and his own Twilight fans:
Pattinson: Absolutely. We were in London and we did a Q&A and it was two very diverse groups of people who suddenly came into contact with each other for I think probably the first time. And, I don’t know . . . David’s horror film fans . . . and general “Twilight” female fans . . . are actually quite a good pairing. I think both of them didn’t see anything in each other first of all, but they’re quite a good, odd couple. When you see a bearded guy with long hair, who absolutely will weep [for Cronenberg] . . . and then a “Twilight” fan who will weep at that, they actually look like a couple.
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