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By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Playing Field: Todd's Risky Little Children

Writer-actor-director-sometimes-photographer Todd Field‘s multiple virtues don’t escape Anne Thompson as his soph feature, Little Children debuts: “Like many actors, Field’s emotions run close to the surface; after the first screening of In the Bedroom at Sundance, he broke down as he talked about losing his two mentors before they could see the film: author Andre Dubus, who wrote the short story on which the film was based, and his… Eyes Wide Shut director Stanley Kubrick. Field’s experience makes him a brilliant actor’s director… After Miramax… picked up Bedroom, then-Miramax head [Harvey] Weinstein recommended cuts. [Field] guarded his print with his life. Weinstein was not pleased, but when many critics hailed Bedroom, Miramax pulled out the stops on an Oscar campaign. lc_crossing235.jpg Field “frets about the details. All directors are control freaks to some degree… He fusses and worries and drives many people around him crazy. “He thinks he knows more than everyone else,” says one producer who worked with Field as an actor… “He carries the weight of everything on his shoulders,” one source close to the production says. “He makes the movie in his head and sweats and bleeds for it. He’s absolutely fully committed to what he’s doing. How to achieve what he’s trying to do is the only thing he cares about. He’s wedded to actualizing his vision. He’s one complicated dude.”

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