Frank Miller Really, Really Likes His Spirit Cast

Also: Dan Lauria, Bruce Willis, Carla Gugino, and Scarlett Johansson are all totally smarter than you.

by | February 27, 2008 | Comments

Wondering what’s going on behind the scenes with Frank Miller‘s The Spirit? Please allow the director to fill you in.

In his latest production blog, posted at the film’s official site, Miller updates fans from the set of his adaptation of Will Eisner‘s beloved comic, scheduled to reach theaters January 16, 2009. Calling himself “ONE LUCKY S.O.B.,” the director waxes rhapsodic about his cast in this week’s entry, saying (in essence) that it takes a great actor to make you forget all the hard work that goes into a seemingly effortless performance:

It only looked like wizardry when Will Eisner slid a horsehair brush across Bristol board and created the gift to the heart and eye that is THE SPIRIT. And it only felt like I was staring into Hell when Samuel Jackson calmly watched Denny Colt lowered into his grave.

From there, Miller dares all of us to “match the intelligence of Dan Lauria, Bruce Willis, Carla Gugino, or Scarlett Johansson,” or to “challenge the wisdom and gravitas exuded by the sheer presence of actors like Rutger Hauer or Powers Boothe.”

There’s more — a lot more — but the gist is that Frank Miller is sick and tired of people referring to actors as “lazy” or “overpaid,” and if you’re one of those people, well, buddy, he’s got a problem with you. Oh, and also, Sam Jackson and Gabriel Macht spent a week fighting in a mud pit, Stana Katic likes to sing for the crew between takes, and this one time, Miller apparently kept Eva Mendes waiting in her trailer for ten hours.

To read more of Frank Miller’s latest dispatch from the set of The Spirit, follow the link below!

Source: The Spirit

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