Peter Bogdanovich Debuts ‘She’s Funny That Way’ at Venice

by Michelle Preau on September 2, 2014

shes-funny-that-way-movie-(1)-web Imogen Poots and Owen Wilson in ‘She’s Funny That Way’

Peter Bogdanovich returns to rom coms with his new film She’s Funny That Way. The legendary director’s long-in-the-works project debuted at the Venice Film Festival thirty-two years after They All Laughed opened up the festival.

The film stars Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Kathryn Hahn, Imogen Poots, Rhys Ifans and Will Forte. Wilson stars as a director who takes on a play that features his wife (Hahn) and a well-known actress from her past (Ifans). The whole story is narrated in the future by Poots, who is telling the events to her therapist (Aniston). Aniston’s character also happens to be dating the playwright (Forte) and keeps the audience laughing throughout the whole movie.

Peter Bogdanovich and Louise Stratten wrote the screenplay in the late 90s and planned on casting They All Laughed star John Ritter as lead, but the script was put aside after Ritter passed away. After getting to know Wilson, Bogdanovich returned to the screenplay and with producers Logan Levy and Holly Wiersma, and they shot the film in twenty-nine days.

Bogdanovich is a fan of smaller, independently made films. He has lost all interest in Hollywood movies today. “I don’t want to bite the hand that doesn’t feed,” he told the press, “but unfortunately, Hollywood has gone in the wrong direction.”

“I look at films by Wes Anderson or Noah Baumbach or Quentin Tarantino, who make films that are not cookie-cutter, they’re not special effects driven,” Bogdanovich continued. “I’m so bored with special effects. Once you see Spider-Man flying through the city you say, ‘Okay, fine, he didn’t do anything. Who cares?’ When Douglas Fairbanks jumped on a table, you knew he jumped on a table…when Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire danced, they were really dancing…Today with special effects, you don’t need anything because it’s all fake. I have lost interest with those kinds of movies.”

Be sure to check out Scene‘s exclusive interview with Peter Bogdanovich.