You have an eye for talent, and now Dakota Fanning and Jesse Eisenberg have joined your crew. I’m thinking about Jesse Eisenberg and how he’s kind of known for his fast talking ways, but he’s quite taciturn in “Night Moves.” What did you see in him?
It’s funny: everyone talks about that since we’ve been out with the movie. But I’ve always thought of him as having this face—he can’t settle his face. You can just see his brain working through his face all the time, and that’s sort of what appealed to me.
Is he intense on set?
He’s very fun—and I’m not just saying that—he’s very funny and quick-witted. But he’s also a super inquisitive person, so you have to know what you’re doing. You can’t bullshit your way through anything with Jesse, because he’s going to call you on it. He’s so analytical—he goes through everything with such a fine-toothed comb, and I’m the same way, I can’t turn my brain off. But it keeps you on your toes, and the process is so long, you come to know things in a way that it’s almost like you forget them, you know what I mean? It was an epiphany at one point, but then it’s something you know, and it goes to other waters, but I had to just sort of be on my toes for him, because he’s a thinker.
"Oh, America. I wish I could tell you that this was still America, but I’ve come to realize that you can’t have a country without people. And there are no people here. No, my friends. This is now the United States of Zombieland." - Zombieland (2009)