Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey
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Ayoade on Ayoade captures the director in his own words: pompous, vain, angry, and very, very funny.
a few months, back in ’05, I had what could be described as a ‘cerebral episode’, and I had to take a couple of weeks off. I’m a very creative person, so I’m always hearing voices. That comes with the gig. It’s like a mixed-gender choir up there. And I think that at that particular time, towards the end of ’05, I’d exceeded my quota of voices. And some of the voices that had prominence, ones that were lead voices for a while, were voices that had particular concerns about an interstellar race of
forth. We’ve engaged. We can do this. We’re tired – yes, of course we’re tired – we’re exhausted – but we can do this. Don’t patronise us.’ To which I answer: ‘Yes. You have done well. Very well. And I’m proud of you. And I want to give you an acknowledge. And a praise. But any articles you’ve read up till now have been employed as illustrations to a point I was making. You had a very clear objective going in, and you were generally back out in five hundred words or less. I was effectively
would have been exhaustingly circuitous and meta and not in a cool way like Charlie Kaufman probably dreams and then Sir Ben Kingsley had a sneezing fit and I felt bad for doubting him. Nicolas Cage kept trying to offer me his wig and saying, ‘It works, man, I’m telling you,’ and doing alternately swoopy and stabby hand gestures. I said I need to scrub down this yacht or they won’t give me back my bionic eye. He suggested we team up and then we were on big bikes and he was screaming and I was
actual science-fiction-film version of Argo, as it looked quite good from the storyboards, without prejudice to the fact that using storyboards in a title sequence (unless it’s a documentary about the making of A-ha’s ‘Take on Me’ music video) is offensive. 10. That the idea that the joke about the WGA being ‘more scary’ than the ayatollah could even be considered a joke is offensive both to Iran and to the concept of jokes. 11. That, now, normal air travel is considerably more stressful than
I’d appreciate it if you didn’t try to follow me. Ayoade leaves. He protests that he’s not upset and he was joking about wanting me to die and that should have been obvious from his tone of voice even though it was raised and he merely wants to get some Vietnamese street food because he’s never had Vietnamese street food before and he’s curious to try some and did I want some and he’ll get me some anyway and then he’ll be right back. I will not see him again for two months. I learn too late