“The dialogue in Taxi Driver is somewhat improvised. The most memorable piece of dialogue in the film is an improvisation: the “Are you talking to me?” part. In the script it just says Travis speaks to himself in the mirror. Bobby asked me what he would say, and I said, “Well, he’s a little kid playing with guns and acting tough.” So De Niro used this rap that an underground New York comedian had been using at the same time as the basis for his lines.” - Paul Schrader [x]
I just… Hm.
August: Osage County is one of my favorite plays. Like, Top 3, if not most favorite. I was eagerly awaiting the film, but this trailer worries me. My friend described the tone of the trailer as “indie-happy flick,” and I can’t say I didn’t get the same impression. The tone just feels SO off.
Also, I can’t be the only one who feels like the casting is a bit off? Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep (god love Meryl though) just feel way too pretty and “hollywood” for this. Also Benedict Cumberbatch, as much as I love him, is strangely in it. You would think that one of the greatest American plays of the 21st century would have an American cast, but hey, I’m sure everyone will act the hell out of this movie.
Tracy Letts penned the screenplay though, and the cinematography looks brilliant, so I haven’t given up hope yet. I’ll reserve full judgment until November.
On a positive casting note, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Margo Martindale, and Chris Cooper fit those roles perrrrfectly.
Carrie Coon and Tracy Letts on the 2013 Tonys red carpet.