Aaron Taylor-Johnson on Tom Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’ and Doug Liman’s ‘The Wall’

     November 29, 2016


One of my favorite movies from this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was writer-director Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals. The film is based on the Austin Wright novel Tony and Susan and stars Amy Adams as a successful art dealer whose former flame (Jake Gyllenhaal) sends her an advance copy of his new, intense thriller manuscript for a novel inspired by their relationship. The film follows a parallel story track as both the current-day events and those within the manuscript, titled “Nocturnal Animals, continue to unfold. Loaded with fantastic performances, a smart script, and amazing design from every department, the film again shows Tom Ford – who previously helmed A Single Man – is a real talent behind the camera. The film also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney, Andrea Riseborough, Michael Sheen, and Jena Malone. For more on Nocturnal Animals read Matt’s review or watch the trailer.

nocturnal-animals-amy-adams-posterAt the Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Aaron Taylor-Johnson. He talked about working with Tom Ford and why he’s a great collaborator, how he was first hesitant to play the role, what he did to get ready for the part (including dropping 20 pounds), what it was like between takes when you’re playing such intense scenes, working with director Doug Liman on The Wall, and more. Check out what he had to say in the video above and below is a list of what we talked about and some images from the film.

Nocturnal Animals is now playing in limited release and expands into more theaters this week and goes wide December 9th.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson:

  • When you’re in a Tom Ford movie how much time do you spend picking out what you’re going to wear?
  • How he was hesitant at first to play this part.
  • Talks about what Ford told him to do to get ready for the role like growing his fingernails, hair and dropping about 20 pounds.
  • What is it like working for a director that controls even the smallest detail?
  • What was it like on set between takes with Jake Gyllenhaal?
  • Talks about working with director Doug Liman on The Wall and playing an American sharpshooter trapped in a standoff with an Iraqi sniper.

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