Jon at the Telluride Film Festival courtesy of HitFix
Steve Carell at Telluride Film Festival 2014
Mr. Carell’s presence in Telluride reunited him with Jon Stewart, his erstwhile boss from “The Daily Show” and a first-time film director whose “Rosewater” was, like “Wild,” one of the festival’s highest-profile world premieres. Mr. Stewart may be this year’s most magnetic mountainside celebrity — 2014’s equivalent of Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck and George Clooney in year’s past — but “Rosewater” is the opposite of a vanity project. Based on the real-life experience of Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-born Canadian journalist, it reconstructs the chaotic aftermath of Iran’s 2009 presidential election, when Mr. Bahari was accused of being an American spy and imprisoned and tortured by the Iranian authorities. There is nothing satirical here, just a finely tuned political instinct and, in the way Mr. Stewart portrays the relationship between Maziar (Gael Garcia Bernal) and his principal torturer (Kim Bodnia), an impressive sense of psychological nuance. Mr. Stewart, the world’s leading fake newscaster, turns out to be a real filmmaker.
from The New York Times
JR being anonymous backstage.
Weekend Wisdom from Jon Stewart:
"[While shooting Rosewater]…the thing that I tried to establish early on was, trust your discomfort. If I’m saying something, and in your head you’re going, ‘Oh really?’ Trust that discomfort and make sure you articulate that to me. Because one thing I am good at is making a new plan. That’s the nice thing about basic cable that is different than film: Everything we do is pretty disposable. If one avenue is blocked, it doesn’t feel like a defeat to go, ‘Well, let’s try it this way.’”