Zimbio Exclusive Video Interview: Paul Weitz, Director of 'Being Flynn'
Playwright Paul Weitz attends "Trust" Off-Broadway opening night at the Trattoria Dopo Teatro on August 12, 2010 in New York City.
Opening this weekend, Being Flynn is the dramatic retelling of Nick Flynn's seminal memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. The film, like the novel, rehashes Flynn's life and how he and his father reconciled after 18 years apart.
Starring Paul Dano as Nick Flynn and Robert De Niro as his estranged father, Jonathan, Being Flynn is an honest look at a severely damaged relationship. Years after leaving his family, Jonathan reappears in his son's life, but not in a way one might expect. Nick, now in his twenties and working at a homeless shelter, is shocked to find his father waiting in line "for a room" one night. Embarrassed at his life and his past, Nick considers quitting the shelter before abandoning his pride and getting to know the old man.
Director Paul Weitz also co-wrote the screenplay for the movie along with Nick Flynn. Weitz is no stranger to adapting well known novels as he previously wrote (along with his brother Chris Weitz) and directed About A Boy, starring Hugh Grant. Weitz also directed American Pie, easily his most-successful film. His resume is impressive, but his newest film is his most ambitious. We sat down with the director at the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco to hear his thoughts on working with frequent collaborator (Meet the Fockers) De Niro, and his interest in family dynamics.
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