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Interview: Graham Moore on His Directorial Debut ‘The Outfit’ and What to Do With An Oscar Statue

One of the coolest things to me is possessing an Academy Award. I wonder why that is? Having recently visited the Academy Museum just a few days ago and taking part in their Oscar Experience, I’ve now held one, but it doesn’t compare, as you’d expect. Still, when I talk with a winner, I love to hear the details. Graham Moore is one such person who’s come across my path. In fact, I interviewed him prior to his win for writing The Imitation Game. Now, he’s out promoting his latest film, The Outfit, which is also his directorial debut. Earlier this week, I spoke to stars Zoey Deutch (here) and Dylan O’Brien (here). Today, it’s Moore’s turn to discuss working with Mark Rylance, directing, being an Oscar winner, and much more.

This is just a bit of what I said about Moore’s work in my review of The Outfit:

Oscar winning screenwriter Graham Moore makes his directorial debut here, while also penning the script with Johnathan McClain. McClain and Moore parcel out information about the characters as needed, constantly keeping you curious about what’s next. Moore also showcases a strong director’s hand, especially with the performances. The Outfit is proof that he’s a fully-fledged filmmaker now. I can’t wait to see what he does next behind the camera. Whatever film he opts to do next, I’m in.

Below, you can hear my chat with Moore. A bigger part of this discussion than you might expect centers on the Oscar. No, not the Oscars, but the literal Oscar statue. Yes, having spoken to him years ago before his win, now I wanted to find out what he did with his Academy Award. It leads to a really fun little anecdote, too. Obviously, we talk The Outfit as well, but it’s something a bit unique to share with you all. The movie is also out in theaters now, so don’t miss it…

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Here now is my interview with The Outfit filmmaker Graham Moore. Enjoy:

The Outfit is in theaters now!


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