One of the highlights of my life was working on a movie with David Fincher. Working on an acting project was a little scary at first, not knowing what to expect but also being very interested in everything around me. I remember working on one scene in particular when Mr. Fincher stopped everything to give me direction on how he wanted me to act in the scene.
While on the set for a couple of weeks, I observed Mr. Fincher’s obsession with getting the right scene. He would sometimes ask actors to do the same thing over and over, and then over again. It was clear he was looking for something.
Around Baltimore, Mr. Fincher is one of the rare Hollywood players. He filmed The Social Network on the campus of Johns Hopkins University and revisited the university to film scenes for House of Cards. In places like California, it is surely common to see film trucks by the side of the road working on film projects but in Baltimore that type of thing is not common.
Apparently, while doing work for Netflix, Mr. Fincher firmed up some relationships to help him get a passion project completed. His new film was just panned by the writer of this Esquire article. I can only assume that the Esquire writer is just taking time from watching TikTok videos and playing with his toy trains to do any kind of in depth review of the movie other than to leave a shallow opinionated article. I think the Esquire writer needs to spend a bit more time focusing on his reviews.
I’m definitely going to watch the film because Mr. Fincher is a craftsman and the amount of thought he puts into his project is immense. I’ll think of that as I watch the film and imagine what he was thinking as he directed the scenes. I’ll try to put myself in the scene and imagine what it would be like to be there, behind the scenes.