In Newsweek‘s recent Oscar roundtable, veteran actor Christopher Plummer dropped somewhat of a bombshell when he shared his thoughts on revered The Tree of Life director Terrence Malick. Plummer, who is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Beginners, said of his experience working with Malick on The New World (pictured above), “I love some of his movies very much, but the problem with Terry is he needs a writer, desperately. He insists on overwriting until it sounds terribly pretentious… and he edits his films in such a way that he cuts everyone out of them.” Plummer went on to say he expressed his frustration after seeing the film in a letter to Malick, and that he would never work with the director again. I love that Plummer has no reservations about speaking his mind, and I can’t help but agree with him here. As much as I admire Malick – he conjures masterful images, and Badlands and Days of Heaven in particular are wonderful films – I find myself wondering if his recent films could have been improved with the influence of another writer or editor. The New World in particular was frustrating as hell, and The Tree of Life often lapses into dull, pretentious territory despite being a beautiful film of large ambition.
Watch Christopher Plummer share his thoughts on Terrence Malick below.
You can watch the rest of the Newsweek Oscar roundtable with George Clooney, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Viola Davis and Tilda Swinton over at The Daily Beast.
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