Gus Van Sant: ‘Whatever scene we’re filming, we make it as hard as we can’

The acclaimed film-maker discusses new film Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot and how he ended up in a hip-hop video
John Callahan, the quadriplegic cartoonist and subject of the new film Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, fits right in among the free thinkers dotting the filmography of director Gus Van Sant. In a career spanning three decades, Van Sant has consistently gravitated towards those subversives and visionaries who go against the grain of mainstream society. That unorthodox streak can work to their benefit, as with the janitor genius of the populist hit Good Will Hunting. Sometimes, it’s to their detriment, as with the free-living drug addicts of Van Sant’s early arthouse sensation Drugstore Cowboy. Most frequently, though, it’s a combination of both. As seen in his biopic treatments for Kurt Cobain and Harvey Milk, Van Sant’s got a thing for martyrs, for those able to transmute the agony of their mere existence into great and meaningful works. Related: Is Joaquin Phoenix set to be the greatest actor of his generation? Continue reading...

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