David Gordon Green on his new film “Your Highness”

Hopefully most of you are familiar with director David Gordon Green but for those of you who don’t know him by name, you may know the name of a little film he directed called “Pineapple Express.”

A few weeks ago Green sat down with The Playlist at SXSW and spoke about his upcoming film, “Your Highness.” The film which shot for four months last year in Northern Ireland stars Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel is a medieval stoner comedy about a prince and his brother’s quest to save their father’s kingdom.

You can read the full article here, but here are a few highlights.

Although very eager to premiere the film in October, Green stated that “Your Highness” was the toughest film he’s ever done, here’s why:

“It was a tough shoot” Green told the SXSW audience, “by far the most expensive movie, by about double anything I’ve ever done. There was huge special effects, it’s just got so many different elements working, to puppets from guys in suits that can’t breath, that have to pause the shot and take their masks off every three minutes. There was so many things going on and at the same time you’re trying to be funny and get a performances out of two guys and just have the backdrop feel alive and authentic… but then everyone needs a break and everyone hands are sore from working a puppet mouth. “

Green also discussed some of the compromises he had to make during filming:

“Sometimes you have to say to actors, ‘Look I’m not going to make my day if I don’t deal with these guys that are supposed to light all this shit on fire and stuffs supposed to blow up here, here, here and here, I’m gonna trust you to rock it out, while I’m just watching for the background stuff. So let me know if you feel good about it, you guys direct yourself for a second.’ Sometimes you have to make those kinds of choices or you cannot make those choices and there’s a lot of directors that have the budgets that they can do the everything with more time.”

The film was written by Danny McBride and Ben Best, and along with the above mentioned cast Green also employed a few British actors; although it didn’t go exactly as planned:

“We had these amazing British thespians that has worked on the stage of London who thought we were fucking retarded. They were scratching their heads everyday thinking themselves, ‘Why did I agree to do this?’ Because it would be just like having them say foolish things as a twist for Danny to say something to change the middle of a scene. It was not what they signed up for.”

“Your Highness” drops into theaters on October 1st and is being distributed by Universal. I’ve been anticipating this film since I found out about exactly one year ago. Can’t wait.


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