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The Julianne Moore Acting Attack

Every time we book a celebrity, I think: What do I want to see that particular person do? It's either something out of their comfort zone, or it's taking something about their essence and flipping it on its head. With Julianne Moore, I thought, well, she has an insane list of IMDb credits of great performances going back 25 years. I want to see her act.

Our production office that year required me to walk through Times Square, and every day I would see all the fake off-brand Elmos and Spider-Mans trying to get tourists to take pictures with them for tips. And it just came to me: I’m not into superheroes and I’m not into animated movies, but I’m into great actors and indie films. I thought: Julianne Moore is my Spider-Man. So what if we put her in this context — acting for tips? It was all about her delivering monologues from various movies and really acting the shit out of them. And she was totally game.

When we first got there, she was really rushing through the monologues. I was a little worried, because who am I to give Julianne Moore an acting note? But I did say to her at one point, "Take your time with it, and really deliver it as you would in character and go through the emotions of it." Her skill set is just so evident when you watch it. The way that she's able to dive into those roles again, and really hit these very nuanced moments in the middle of this very frantic segment. She was so committed to it. I was so thrilled to have her.