Posted on Monday, October 22nd, 2012 by Germain Lussier
Steven Spielberg‘s latest film, Lincoln, opens on November 9 and expands November 16. It tells the dramatic story of the final three months in Abraham Lincoln’s life, where he abolished slavery and united a nation in turmoil. Though Spielberg became famous with films featuring fantasy and adventure, for the past twenty years, he’s been much more interested in history: Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, Munich and War Horse are just a handful of examples. Lincoln continues that trend, and in an interview the director did with 60 Minutes, he revealed action doesn’t excite him anymore.
During the interview, Spielberg also talked in-depth about his childhood, his relationship with his parents and much more. It’s an enlightening piece of journalism. Check it out below.
Thanks to The Hollywood Reporter for the heads up on the embed.
Obviously there’s so much to talk about in this interview, which I’ll mostly leave to the comments below.
But this quote, in particular, interested me:
I knew I could do the action in my sleep at this point in my career. In my life, the action doesn’t hold any — it doesn’t attract me anymore.
With Spielberg working on Robopocalypse next, it makes me wonder how much his heart is going to be into that movie. Obviously, he’s more in the Lincoln mindset right now and it’s obviously a film he really loved making, but hopefully he doesn’t totally shun all action going ahead. What it likely means it he’ll focus less on the sci-fi elements to that film and on its thematic core.
What was your favorite part of the interview? Do you think Spielberg is done with action forever?