The new film “The Big Short” premiered at the AFI FEST on Thursday as the closing film of the 2015 event. Directed by comedy veteran Adam McKay, the film stars Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, and Brad Pitt as financial investors who predicted the economic collapse of 2007 and 2008.
Based on the book by Michael Lewis (“The Blind Side,” “Moneyball”), the movie has major dramatic themes that are punctuated by lots of comedic comments and moments. Paramount is submitting the film at the Golden Globes in the comedy/musical categories. This year’s field of contenders on that side is somewhat thin, with “The Martian,” “Joy,” “Trainwreck,” and “Grandma” leading the way. If the reviews and box office returns for “The Big Short” are great, they could lead to multiple bids for the picture.
McKay’s directing career has been primarily in comedy with such movies as “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” “Step Brothers,” and “The Other Guys” on his resume.
Carell is being submitted as the only lead for the film, meaning he has no internal competition from his co-stars. He is a past Golden Globe winner for his TV work on “The Office” (2006) and had five other acting nominations for that show. He also contended on the film drama side last year for his leading role in “Foxcatcher” and reaped an Oscar bid too.
We interviewed five of the film’s actors as well as four of the behind-the-scenes principals on the red carpet of the premiere. Click on any of the gold links below to watch the short exclusive interviews.
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