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Interview: Barry Levinson on the Appeal of ‘The Survivor’

Barry Levinson has an Academy Award for directing Rain Man, his one win among six Oscar nominations. That credit would be enough to establish anyone as a top tier talent, but he also has a ton more under his belt. Diner, Good Morning, Vietnam, The Natural, and Wag the Dog is just more evidence of how good a filmmaker Levinson is. Last year, he had The Survivor play the film festival circuit, before turning into an HBO movie, which now is competing for Emmy attention. With the project a prime contender, Levinson hopped on Zoom earlier in the month with me to talk about it, alongside his career. Today, that discussion comes your way…

Below, you can see my conversation with Levinson. Having found The Survivor to be quite good when I saw it last year, I was fascinated to hear why he gravitated towards the project. We talk about Ben Foster (look for my interview with him soon), the movie itself, and what interests him still as a director. Plus, I had to get in a little chatter about The Bay, probably his most unique flick. If you haven’t seen The Survivor yet, definitely check it out, as it’s quite effective and more than a little bit moving.

Here now is my interview with The Survivor director and Oscar winner Barry Levinson. Enjoy:

The Survivor can be seen on HBO and HBO Max right now!


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