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DP/30: Warrior, director/co-writer Gavin O’Connor

5 Responses to “DP/30: Warrior, director/co-writer Gavin O’Connor”

  1. LexG says:

    David, this was a TERRIFIC DP/30… Really liked this guy, threw this on thinking I’d bail and ended up listening to the whole thing… Awesome guy and movie. Found this whole DP strangely inspiring in a lot of ways…

    Whole thing made me wish I could be an artist instead of working a shitty dayjob. Great guy and cool movie… Good stuff.

    When did you film this? Obviously post release, but recently or a while back? No idea if the interviewees ever read THB to see the comments, but seriously, this guy ruled.

  2. sanj says:

    nice dp/30 . dude is happy and nice.

    he kept talking about Masa .. Masanobu Takayanagi
    so interview that guy

  3. actionman says:

    yeah, all of what Lex said above — terrific interview. Pride and Glory POWER.

  4. eugenen says:

    He gave the best DVD commentary I’ve ever heard on “Tumbleweeds.” Dude had roundtable discussions with himself.

  5. JKill says:

    This is a wonderful interview, and I found it inspiring too. I just adore WARRIOR, and I’ve been looking forward to picking up the DVD so I can share the film with others. Great stuff.


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“I remember very much the iconography and the images and the statues in church were very emotional for me. Just the power of that, and even still — just seeing prayer card, what that image can evoke. I have a lot of friends that are involved in the esoteric, and I know some girls in New York that are also into the supernatural. I don’t feel that I have that gift. But I am leaning towards mysticism… Maybe men are more practical, maybe they don’t give into that as much… And then also, they don’t convene in the same way that women do. But I don’t know, I am not a man, I don’t want to speak for men. For me, I tend to gravitate towards people who are open to those kinds of things. And the idea for my film, White Echo, I guess stemmed from that — I find that the girls in New York are more credible. What is it about the way that they communicate their ideas with the supernatural that I find more credible? And that is where it began. All the characters are also based on friends of mine. I worked with Refinery29 on that film, and found that they really invest in you which is so rare in this industry.”
Chloë Sevigny

“The word I have fallen in love with lately is ‘Hellenic.’ Greek in its mythology. So while everyone is skewing towards the YouTube generation, here we are making two-and-a-half-hour movies and trying to buck the system. It’s become clear to me that we are never going to be a perfect fit with Hollywood; we will always be the renegade Texans running around trying to stir the pot. Really it’s not provocation for the sake of being provocative, but trying to make something that people fall in love with and has staying power. I think people are going to remember Dragged Across Concrete and these other movies decades from now. I do not believe that they will remember some of the stuff that big Hollywood has put out in the last couple of years. You’ve got to look at the independent space to find the movies that have been really special recently. Even though I don’t share the same world-view as some of my colleagues, I certainly respect the hell out of their movies which are way more fascinating than the stuff coming out of the studio system.”
~ Dallas Sonnier