Reitman says he had to "re-learn" his filmmaking process for "Labor Day," moving from relying on talk to an emphasis on stillness.
Do less. More still. That was constant from him. There were frustrating moments. I'd make a small movement with my hands, normal kind of stuff. And the next take: "Don't do that with your hands." I'm wondering: "Is this a control thing? Is this a character thing? Is this personal?"
You played a man of few words in "No Country for Old Men." This was different?
Yeah, you do a laconic guy like that and even though there are few words, there's just this kind of
Which is any actor's great fear ...
I'll never forget a review I got from [
I didn't know John Davidson was the standard by which boredom was measured.
Right? I loved him on "That's Incredible!" I miss that show. But ultimately, the point is, not as a victim thing, but that review was an amazing thing because it was tackling the idea of what boring is. And now, had I gotten the same review, it would have been meaningless. But then, it was the ultimate insult.
You're able to ...
Hold on — [Brolin takes out his phone, looks up John Davidson.] 170 episodes of "Hollywood Squares." "Love Boat." "Fantasy Island." "Love, American Style."
How many actors in the '70s had that hat trick?
[Laughs] At least 50. My brother just sent me an episode of my dad doing "Batman" when he was like 26. He was a cop and he was going to give Batman a ticket. I laughed my ... off!
Wasn't your mom a casting director on "Batman"?
That's where they met. My dad's manager was a friend of my mom's and said to my dad, "You should meet this chick." And 12 days later, they were married — 12 days!
Geez ... that's another reason you should have been Batman.
Yeah, I didn't even put that together. That whole thing was weird. You read stuff like, "I wish
Were you interested in the role?
What I liked was the logline: "An older, grizzly Batman ..." That was interesting to me. I haven't seen that. They've taken the one age and elongated it and franchised it as much as possible. Forget the director, I like the idea of this being a grizzled, wiser mentor type. Then it became not interesting to me. But I'll still watch it to see how grizzled Affleck turns out.
Who knows, you could still play a get-off-my-lawn Batman someday.
Yes! I'm waiting to play the really grizzled old Batman when I'm 70.