Production Diary

Day 21: Casting and Crewing by

stars Zachary Booth (left) and Thure Lindhardt

stars Zachary Booth (left) and Thure Lindhardt

We’ve cast the leads and the other parts are slotting in. It was a bottleneck, the difficulty of finding a great American actor who is comfortable—or whose agent is comfortable—with him taking off all his clothes and being gay in a movie. Thure Lindhardt came to us at the suggestion of our producer Marie-Therese Guirgis’s boyfriend Soren. Thure is an active presence in a role that could have been passive. I seem to write these whiny white men in all my movies, as my D.P. from Forty Shades of Blue has pointed out. Writing real charm, it seems, is one of the more difficult things. Thure seems to have it naturally. I have crushes on both my actors—Thure and Zachary Booth—that seem to grow as I know them. This seems to me a good thing.

It feels a little like a calm before the storm. Due to visa issues (after much negotiation we’ve brought on Thimios Bakatakis, a cinematographer from Greece), we have decided today to push a week. Or at least we are in discussions. For me, this feels like the biggest luxury. Nothing would make me happier than to have more time to think and pull this together. But I’m happy today with how the pieces are falling into place.

Ira Sachs

writer, director, blogger

Ira Sachs is a writer and director based in New York City. His films include Married Life (2007), The Delta (1997) and the 2005 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning Forty Shades of Blue. His most recent film, Last Address, a short work honoring a group of NYC artists who died of AIDS, has been added to the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and MoMA and played at the 2011 Venice BIennale. Sachs teaches in the Graduate Film department at NYU and is a fellow at both the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. He is also the founder and co-curator of Queer/Art/Film, a monthly series held at the IFC Center in New York, as well as the newly established Queer/Art/Mentorship, a program that pairs and supports mentorship between queer working artists in NYC.

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