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TIFF Long Take - Ep. 34: Character Actors Directing Character Actors

How John Carroll Lynch came to direct Harry Dean Stanton's swan song

Oct 6, 2017

If you’re a cinephile, chances are you’ve seen John Carroll Lynch's face on a screen recently. The renowned character actor, most recognized for roles like Arthur Leigh Allen in Zodiac or Norm Gunderson in Fargo, recently directed his first feature film, Lucky, starring the late Harry Dean Stanton.

Lynch sits down with Rob and Geoff to talk about his workmanlike approach to his craft, why being an actor is a lot like being a salesman, and what the great directors he’s worked with — like Martin Scorsese, the Coens, and David Fincher — all have in common.

He explains how he developed his directing style, walks us through the how he got involved with Lucky, and shares his fondest memory of working with the legendary Harry Dean Stanton.

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