"Wes knows exactly what he wants and that's a great trait in a director.
He's very much the author of his film, and so from the inception of the script
all the way down, he's involved minutely in how the film should look. He
doesn't comment that much on performances, but I think that's because he's made
such a perfect framework for what he wants, that you intrinsically understand
what it is that he's going for."
"For me the most daunting aspect about working on this movie was working
with Gene Hackman, because he's definitely one of my favorite actors, and he
has a very imposing presence. He was really kind, soft-spoken, shy and very
serious. What I came away with was what a good actor he is and what a strong
personality he has in terms of what comes through on film."
GENE HACKMAN on his first meeting with Ben
Stiller, who told him he loved The Poseidon Adventure:
(he laughs) "I suppose Ben saw that film when he was a mere child. I meet
younger actors now who may have seen me in things when they were quite young.
It's a funny experience to want to be treated as a fellow actor, and yet people
look at you as this person who has been around for a thousand years. It's
uncomfortable at times."
DANNY GLOVER on his
character, Henry Sherman:
"Henry is dependable. In many ways, he's the antithesis of Royal. He
offers comfort and stability. (He) is not a man into self-promotion. So when he
finally asks Etheline to marry him, even though it's something he's thought
about a thousand times, it's something that just slips out, and he's
immediately over his head. And he sees all these reasons why she shouldn't
marry him: they make great bridge partners, it would be better for tax purposes
to be single
he can't even say why it would be better to be married to
"What the story says is that even though everyone goes through hell with
their family, as corny as it sounds, family members are still the ones you have
to be close to, and really the only ones who will understand what you're going
through. We don't balk at showing some of the rough stuff families endure, but
we show in the end that it's worth it."