Last year, I had the privilege of talking to Aaron Sorkin (found here) about The Trial of the Chicago 7. That was an honor, obviously, and has hopefully begun a recurring appearance for him at Awards Radar. This time, it was to chat about Being the Ricardos, his follow-up, also in the midst of receiving Oscar buzz. The man is one of the all-time great writers in the industry, so picking his brain about anything is a real treat. The fact that he seems to enjoy my nonsense is just an added bonus. This interview was conducted about a week or so ago, during the film’s press day, and now we’re thrilled to present it to you all.
In my review of Being the Ricardos, I had this to say about Sorkin’s latest effort behind the camera:
Aaron Sorkin continues to impress as a filmmaker. We’ve been well aware that he’s the best screenwriter in the business, but this sophomore outing behind the camera showcases that he’s a rock solid director as well. The film looks great, due in no small part to the cinematography by Jeff Cronenweth, while the Daniel Pemberton score is aces. Sorkin’s writing may still be outclassing his direction, but there’s no doubt that he’s a duel threat these days, while hammering home his brilliant eye for casting. Up and down the line, the actors and actresses he selects are pitch perfect. Moreover, he astutely limits the recreations of the classic show. What we see is flawless, but it’s less than five minutes in a two hour and five minute running time.
Below, you can see my chat with Sorkin. Much like last time, we manage to find time to bitch about the Jets and the Mets. Of course, we’re mostly here to discuss Being the Ricardos, his third directorial effort. You know, since it’s a movie site and all. Having just interviewed Nina Arianda earlier that day (here), I was fascinated to hear about how he designed the flick. Besides the nuts and bolts of the film itself, as well as its story, we have a back and forth about writing/writer’s block. That, frankly, was kind of incredible. Sorkin is a wildly entertaining writer, as well as an entertaining person to talk to, so this is a pleasure. I hope it happens every year. Moreover, the film is great and well worth seeing…
Here now is my latest interview with Being the Ricardos writer/director Aaron Sorkin. Enjoy:
Being the Ricardos is out now!