Frank Miller may be a rookie director, but you wouldn't know it from the way he describes working on Will Eisner's The Spirit. Miller has updated the film's production blog again, this time heaping praise at the feet of his actors.
"I like actors. In fact, I love actors," Miller writes, before explaining that it only looks like magic when a master craftsperson creates a work of art. "Magic has nothing to do with any art. This applies to the seemingly-magical art of acting. Good acting is the product of intelligence, hard-earned craft, determination, discipline, drive, and yeah, luck." He continues to praise the work his actors did for the film:
Watch each of these actors dig deep inside and bravely show the world the kind of moments most folks don't have the guts to share with their own bathroom mirror.
Oh yeah, and what kind of narcissist spends a week fighting in a mud pit?
Sam and Gabe did.
Or suffer every demeaning death his director could think of?
Louis Lombardi did.
Oh, and as far as that business about sitting in their trailers? Actors hate sitting in those damn trailers. I don't think Clive Owen or Benicio Del Toro ever see the inside of their trailers. They're too busy between takes, joking and keeping the crew's morale high.
Will Eisner's The Spirit opens January 16th, 2009, and stars Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendes, Sarah Paulson, Dan Lauria, Stana Katic, Johnny Simmons, Louis Lombardi, Jamie King and Paz Vega.