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In the film, Harvey states that he thinks Dan may be a closet case: I think hes one of us.
Thats his theory, and he says Just a theory. His friends say No, no, no. And it is just a theory.
Harvey liked to joke with people, get into a lot of back and forth, and charm them that way. Dan White seemed incapable of dealing with that. If he cant get what he wants, he doesnt know what to do. That scene where hes drunk and crying in front of Harvey makes him sympathetic to a degree. But the way things were going, even if Harvey hadnt come along, he would have had a hard time.Thats true. Politics was something Dan White wasnt good at. Politicians are strange, dont you think?
I get the impression this production came together fairly quickly.
The first time I saw the script was May, 2007. We finally started shooting on January 15, 2008. So it took awhile. We were happy, but we wanted it to be instantaneous. There was some idea of shooting it in August of 2007. We werent sure if The Mayor of Castro Street was going to start at the same time.
After you left that project, Stone moved on too, and it went back into development. When last heard from, it was going to be directed by Bryan Singer. But Singer got hung up on Valkyrie and when Milk went into production, Zadan and Meron finally pulled the plug.
It was funny, because Sean wanted us to promise him that we werent going to be shooting in City Hall or even San Francisco, while another film was being made about Harvey Milkonly for his own psyche.
Did he have any directorial input?
Sean didnt want to, because he knew it would be disastrous. Wed lose two or three hours in the morning because he had makeup to put on, and it didnt make us fall behind, but it made our shots kind of austere. Harris [Savides, Van Sants frequent cinematographer] is happy shooting from one angle, but the studio was like, How about some coverage? And we said, No were not into coverage. But Sean said, You can shoot with two cameras, because he has. I never have. Harris shoots with five cameras when hes working with Ridley Scott. But Universal offered it, and I liked it cause we were getting all this extra stuff. We had the same A.D. Sean had on Into the Wild, David Rudd, and he said, Hey, what happened to the Sean whod show up two hours before the shoot? And Sean just said, Different guy. Theres the actor guy and then theres the director.
Its a very interesting project coming off of your whole film as objet dart period, culminating in Paranoid Park. To me, the film of yoursMilk most resembles is your first,Mala Noche.
Because youre playing around with different kinds of film stocks, focal lengths.
Oh yes. The cinema!
So next is the life of Ken Kesey?
Theres a script being worked on by Dustin, but I dont know if its next. Something else may come up first. Ive learned that when it comes to movies, you never know.
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