Beth Grant

I love Maude Pearson character from Agel. I love that she walls her son up because he has a girlfriend! In fact, I have that clip on my reel – her walling him up and saying, “What are you going to do about that streetwalker now? You belong to me! What are you going to do?” And did you know the ghost mom has her own Angel trading card?

“I love Maude Pearson character from Agel. I love that she walls her son up because he has a girlfriend! In fact, I have that … Read More

I’d much rather insult people and make ’em angry. Donnie Darko’s very controversial. Not all of my friends like it. Honestly, it’s almost become a test for me. If somebody says they don’t like Donnie Darko, I think, “Oh, I don’t know you as well as I thought I did.”

“I’d much rather insult people and make ’em angry. Donnie Darko’s very controversial. Not all of my friends like it. Honestly, it’s almost become a … Read More

One friend said, “Donnie Darko movie was weird!” And I thought, “Hmm. I don’t think we’re as good of friends as I thought.” It’s not like I disliked him for it; it just meant we weren’t on the same page I thought we were. Because I can’t imagine watching that film and not being moved to tears.

“One friend said, “Donnie Darko movie was weird!” And I thought, “Hmm. I don’t think we’re as good of friends as I thought.” It’s not … Read More

I love Child’s Play 2! That movie has a great theme: You better listen to children. That’s why I wanted to do it. I was scared to do a horror movie – a blatant, studio horror movie – but I liked the script, and I thought that was such an important theme, because I don’t think adults listen to children enough.

“I love Child’s Play 2! That movie has a great theme: You better listen to children. That’s why I wanted to do it. I was … Read More

The Coen brothers: Of all the directors I’ve worked with, they’re the only ones who have given me the storyboards attached to the script. It was very cool for me, because I knew when I was in close-up or if it was far away, and it also made me know that anything that happened in the edit wasn’t personal. Because they edit their own movies, so they were editing it as they went.

“The Coen brothers: Of all the directors I’ve worked with, they’re the only ones who have given me the storyboards attached to the script. It … Read More

I love Fargo, I love all of them, but Miller’s Crossing just happens to be my favorite. When I heard Coen brothers were doing No Country For Old Men, I thought, “This is it. This is their masterpiece. This is going to be the one, because it’s going to bring every element together.” I just had a feeling about it.

“I love Fargo, I love all of them, but Miller’s Crossing just happens to be my favorite. When I heard Coen brothers were doing No … Read More

Jessica Tandy. Nice company! And Ruth Gordon. They worked all along. She didn’t really get any big star recognition until Driving Miss Daisy. So what if it takes me that long? Slow and steady wins the race, right? Better a tortoise than a hare.

“Jessica Tandy. Nice company! And Ruth Gordon. They worked all along. She didn’t really get any big star recognition until Driving Miss Daisy. So what … Read More

The brilliant costume designer Mary Zorphres had done all this research on West Texas in 1980. Every woman looked like that. At a certain age, they would get their hair cut off, let the gray go in, get that permanent, and wear those big glasses. She gave me a beanie bra so my boobs would hang down, and these old dresses. My hat’s off to her, because I thought it was perfect for the movie. It was so great to have some comic relief right at that moment. No Country For Old Men is such an intense film.

“The brilliant costume designer Mary Zorphres had done all this research on West Texas in 1980. Every woman looked like that. At a certain age, … Read More

I didn’t understand Southland Tales script at all! Is there a single word to describe it? Cacophony? It’s celebrity meets pornography meets politics – it’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen in my life. And slapstick humor, communism; I mean, what doesn’t it have? It’s crazy. I didn’t go to Cannes, but I guess the first cut was three and a half hours or something?

“I didn’t understand Southland Tales script at all! Is there a single word to describe it? Cacophony? It’s celebrity meets pornography meets politics – it’s … Read More

All of a sudden I got a vision of Guernica – Pablo Picasso’s painting, which is one of my all-time favorite paintings in the world. I remember reading that it was very controversial at the time – some people said even used the word “childlike drawing” – and all of a sudden I thought, “This is like Guernica in Los Angeles!” And then it all made sense to me. It was all the elements that are the Southland.

“All of a sudden I got a vision of Guernica – Pablo Picasso’s painting, which is one of my all-time favorite paintings in the world. … Read More

To me, All About Steve movie is sweet-natured and sweet-hearted, and I can’t get enough sweet-hearted movies. I want to be inspired right now. I think things are pretty tough in the world. And people at the première were loving it – I mean, loving it! So I’m so sorry to hear people saying that it is the worst movie of 2009. I don’t buy it at all.

“To me, All About Steve movie is sweet-natured and sweet-hearted, and I can’t get enough sweet-hearted movies. I want to be inspired right now. I … Read More

Tone is a very difficult thing. You can’t write tone, I don’t think. You can try – you certainly try. I write too, so I know I’m trying desperately to communicate to whoever’s going to direct my pieces, the way I see the humor. But it’s very difficult.

“Tone is a very difficult thing. You can’t write tone, I don’t think. You can try – you certainly try. I write too, so I … Read More

My daughter loved All About Steve movie, because she’s 6 feet tall and she’s different. And I got a lot of great e-mails from people who are different. I’m a gay icon. I’ll just say it. That’s what they say to me, so I’ll accept it. I got so many e-mails saying that it meant so much to those people. My daughter said, “They didn’t like it just because she didn’t get the guy! If they had lived happily ever after, people would have liked that movie.”

“My daughter loved All About Steve movie, because she’s 6 feet tall and she’s different. And I got a lot of great e-mails from people … Read More

I never heard Coen brothers get defensive, ever. You get with these filmmakers doing the hardest work in the world, and they’re not defensive. They’re happy together, they crack jokes together, they have different opinions – and it doesn’t bother them that they have different opinions. So no wonder their work is so good, because you’re getting two for the price of one.

“I never heard Coen brothers get defensive, ever. You get with these filmmakers doing the hardest work in the world, and they’re not defensive. They’re … Read More

I love to take chances. I love first-time directors. I love super-low-budget movies. I’ve done 80-something movies, and I want to just keep experimenting. First-time directors have new, fresh ideas, and lot of times they’re risking a lot to do it, so it means so much to them. They’re not just hired; they have their heart on the line, because if you’ve gone that far, you’re probably a very passionate person.

“I love to take chances. I love first-time directors. I love super-low-budget movies. I’ve done 80-something movies, and I want to just keep experimenting. First-time … Read More