In full promotion of his film Tarthanks to which Cate Blanchett just won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama, the director Todd Field split a little confidence in the columns of the New Yorker, during an interview.
He tells how Tom Cruise saved his very first film, In the bedroomof a mutilation in order and to come fromHarvey Weinstein. The latter was, for the record, nicknamed “Harvey with scissor fingers”, because of his propensity to cut or even butcher films. And these are not the examples that are lacking.
Weinstein had just acquired the distribution rights to his first film, following a successful screening at the famous Sundance Film Festival. Logically worried about the integrity of his work, Field says he called for help Tom Cruise, who was quick to give him advice.
“I was crying in the bathroom” says the filmmaker. “I called Tom Cruise and said, ‘Something terrible happened.’ He basically said, ‘This is how you’re going to play it. It’s going to take you six months, and you’re going to beat it, but you have to do exactly what I’m going to tell you to do, step by step.”
Cruise thus advised Todd Field not to address grievances or reservations directly to Weinstein, and to leave him in charge in the editing room. Then to wait for this montage to be poorly received at the test screenings, before reminding Weinstein how much the original montage, the one that was therefore screened at Sundance, had been able to win the favor of the public, thus forcing him to leave the first montage of the ‘artwork.
Cruise’s wise advice paid off quite well: In the bedroom “grossed more than 25 times its budget, and won five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture” comments Field. We knew that Cruise was formidable in negotiations, and a very wise adviser. Here is a new and beautiful example.
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