by Rick Bentley.
David Dobkin looks at film directing as a type of dance: It’s his job to lead his actors while still giving them room to express themselves. In the case of his latest film “The Judge,” that meant leading two veteran actors, ” Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, through a series of deeply emotional steps.
“The magic of actors and directors working together is when we are listening to each other. We are suggesting ideas to each other and having a good dialogue. You have to be willing to have more than one take so everyone can try different things on set,” Dobkin says. “Casting is half of the job. If you do it right, then once you start filming you have to be a good listener and be delicate about offering suggestions.”
That was his process in filming “The Judge,” a courtroom/family drama about a small town judge (Duvall) accused of a serious crime. His estranged son (Downey) must get past his personal problems to provide his father a proper defense.
Along with Downey and Duvall, the cast also includes Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Dax Shepard and Jeremy Strong. The director got everything he wanted and more from his actors.
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