Game Night Interview: Directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein

It’s Game Night  week on We Live Entertainment. 

Starting today, Monday, February 19, 2018 and leading up to the film’s release on Friday, February 23, 2018,  We Live Entertainment will be posting various interviews and reviews for the upcoming murder mystery comedy starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams.

Kicking off the first of many articles to come is an interview with the film’s directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein who sat down with WLE’s Kit Bowen for a very fun Q&A session.

Kit Bowen: Right off the bat, I just want to say one of the things I loved the most was the overhead shots where it looked like a game board.

John Francis Daley: Oh, thank you.

Kit Bowen: So can you talk about who came up with that concept?

John Francis Daley: We talked to the DP and It was in the conversation. I think, obviously, we wanted to sort of evoke the idea that they’re living within this giant game board, and can’t escape it.

Jon Goldstein: We got drones, and we did visual effects, to create that look. There are several things we do in the movie to sort of evoke games. Another one is a camera mount that’s behind the cars in a way that it makes it almost look like a driving video game.

Kit Bowen: Right, sure.

Jon Goldstein: That was all pretty deliberate. Glad you noticed.

Kit Bowen: Well, the first time, I said, “Oh, that’s clever,” and then it happened again, I’m like “Oh, I like this.”

John Francis Daley: Now, it’s cohesive.

Kit Bowen: So how competitive are you guys?

John Francis Daley: Pretty competitive.

Kit Bowen: Yeah?

John Francis Daley: Yeah, for sure. I think it’s something that comes with this business too.

Kit Bowen: Good point.

John Francis Daley: And it is in some ways, a product of ambition as well. I started very young in this business, and I realized very early on that you can’t really rest on any laurels, you have to constantly work.

Jon Goldstein: Most of the time, until you’ve reached a really high level of success, they don’t just offer you jobs. You’re often in competition with other filmmakers to get those jobs, and so you have to get in there and compete.

Kit Bowen: Yeah.

Jon Goldstein: Yeah.

Kit Bowen: What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve ever done though in a game situation?

Jon Goldstein: To win?

John Francis Daley: I’ll say something, every time I’m driving somewhere and Jonathan, we’ll go into the same place, it inevitably becomes a race where he absolutely has to be the first person to arrive.

Jon Goldstein: I do not. I don’t care.

John Francis Daley: And eventually, I concede.

Jon Goldstein: He is the one who is competitive.

John Francis Daley: I always concede. At a certain point, I’m like, “You know what, it’s not a race, go on.”

Jon Goldstein: He does not concede, he just loses.

John Francis Daley: Endanger your life to win.

Jon Goldstein: He just loses the race.

Kit Bowen: Such a guy thing, gosh! One time, I flipped a whole Risk table.

Jon Goldstein: Did you really?

Kit Bowen: I’m a sore loser.

John F. Daley: That’s a lot of pieces.

Jon Goldstein: I’ve done that. I’ve done Monopoly, I flipped over some of my favorite games.

Kit Bowen: I just stood up, and said, “That’s it, I’m done!”

Jon Goldstein: Was this recent?

Kit Bowen: No. This is when I was younger. My sister and I were very competitive.

John F. Daley: So, you can relate to this movie?

Kit Bowen: I can relate to this movie. The other thing I loved is all the cameos you got in this. Danny Huston’s in it for like two seconds, but it’s great. And Geoffrey Wright too!

John Francis Daley: Isn’t he fantastic? We made the conscious effort to cast it with a group of dramatic actors, and not the same comedy troupe that you see in almost every comedy, partly because we wanted to really preserve the notion that nothing is safe, you can’t really trust anyone. And if you have a comedic actor coming in, and pratfalling, suddenly all the stakes don’t matter because it’s a movie, it’s no longer real life.

Jon Goldstein: And it also served the intention, which was to keep the audience guessing at any moment, what kinda movie this is, what’s going on. So if you have Geoffrey Wright, known for his dramatic work in that role of that ridiculous FBI agent, it’s that much funnier to see how bad he is…

Kit Bowen: He can be funny, I’ve seen him in funny things.

John Francis Daley: And here’s the thing, most dramatic actors can be the funniest because they’re so good. That was the biggest thing, just getting people that we knew could really handle whatever character they were playing. Jesse Plemons is a great example of that.

Kit Bowen: He stole the show.

John Francis Daley: He’s a marvel. He’s incredible. And just the fact that he was so interested, when we offered the role to him, was really exciting because, at a certain point, we couldn’t see anyone else in that role.

Kit Bowen: Yeah. Quickly, how is The Flash Movie coming along?

Jon Goldstein: Super early days. We’re only in talks about it, so there’s not much we can say. But if we do get to do it, we’d be super psyched. It’s really exciting, and we love The Flash, always have. I collected the comic books, and so another opportunity to work in a superhero movie would be fantastic.

Kit Bowen: Well, if this is any indication, you guys will totally nail that one, for sure.

John Francis Daley: Aw, thank you.

Kit Bowen: Thank you very much.

Jon Goldstein: Very sweet, thanks.

Kit Bowen: Nice to meet you, take care.

Jon Goldstein: You too.

John Francis Daley: Nice to meet you.

Game Night opens in theaters on Friday, February 24, 2018

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Kit Bowen has turned her extraordinary passion for all things entertainment into a long and varied career. For over 15 years, Kit has been an online entertainment journalist, reporter and film critic. On the whole, Kit just thinks of herself as a walking IMDb, is defined by how many times she's seen Jaws and will give you her theory on how Game of Thrones will end.

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