"HE IS ONE OF THE GREAT, AMERICAN, ORIGINAL DIRECTORS"
John Leguizamo, who has appeared in two Brian De Palma films (Casualties Of War and Carlito's Way), has adapted his one-man-show Ghetto Klown into a graphic novel, illustrated by Christa Cassano and Shamus Beyale, and published by Abrams ComicArts. A couple of weeks ago, Alex Dueben posted an interview with Leguizamo at Comic Book Resources, which included the following exchange:
Dueben: In the book you talk about some of the people you worked with, and I have to say that both Brian De Palma and Steven Seagal seem nuts -- De Palma in a different, more interesting way than Seagal. What was it like working with them?
Leguizamo: I disagree -- Brian does not come across as nuts, he comes across as a filmmaker who knows how to work actors and manipulate them to get the best performance out of them. If you have ever worked with actors, it's a lot of psychology, babysitting and handholding. I know; I've directed. I love actors and they bring so much to their work but you still have to do lots of diplomatic tiptoeing. I would work with De Palma any time. He is one of the great, American, original directors.
Now Seagal is not interesting crazy, just dickish! He has no respect for others and that is so damaging to the whole creative process that real actors subscribe to. I'm not the only person he's hit without warning. He's done it many times and it's inexcusable. We are there to make a great story and help everyone achieve this task, be they the director or the writer or the other actors. He only cares about himself to the point of inflicting harm to others.
LEGUIZAMO TALKS 'CASUALTIES OF WAR'