Exclusive Interview – Edward Norton found it easy to direct himself

‘Motherless Brooklyn’ recently played at the Toronto International Film Festival.


‘Motherless Brooklyn’ recently played at the Toronto International Film Festival. Starring Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Edward Norton, the crime drama is set in 1950s New York and follows a detective with Tourette’s Syndrome as he tries to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend. Norton not only stars in the flick, he also directed, and hopes that his character’s condition makes the detective even more complex, yet relatable.

Quote: Edward Norton:

“That’s the draw of a great character that’s complex is making that complexity credible you know, and it’s a very sympathetic character, he, in the book and in the film immediately you’re rooting for him, he’s an underdog. In the same way I think you root for Forest Gump or Rain man or people with unique characteristics that put them at a disadvantage, it pulls on audience’s sympathy. And I think we all feel good when we’re on the side of the underdog.”

And it seems to be working, as the movie’s been picking up great reviews from audiences and critics. Norton is known for discussing his characters and ideas in great detail with his directors, but since he’s also the man behind the camera on this project, his way of acting had to completely change.

Quote: Edward Norton:

“It made it easier for me… In a lot of ways I could just have the conversation with myself and I knew I could sculpt it later.”

If you want to know how it turned out, keep an eye out for ‘Motherless Brooklyn’, which hits the big screen towards the end of this year.

Clip Motherless Brooklyn:

“You remember what I said”

“She doesn’t know, she doesnt know”


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