Edward Norton on his new movie and his cat co-star
5:23

Edward Norton on his new movie and his cat co-star

TV & Movies
[MUSIC] Frank Mena, private eye. Boys. Frank, Frank-ly, Frank-ity, Frank-o. [MUSIC] He's the one who taught how to use my head, turn it into a strength. He gave me a place in this crappy world until I screwed up. You've been working on Motherless Brooklyn. And by the way, I am from Brooklyn, [UNKNOWN]. And for 20 years to make this story come to life on film. So tell us about why this was a passion project for you and where you took it. Getting hooked. On page 1 or in the first 2 minutes of a movie, that's what we all shoot for and I was very hooked by this hot mess of a character. He's funny, he's smart. He is dysfunctional, he is lonely. It's just, he is all these great things and underneath this very chaotic condition that he is got, he is very human. And the film in a lot of ways is, it's a marsh up of the things I love, it's sort of half rain man and half LA Confidential. The best things come from the things you love and I love underdog films. I do think films like Forrest Gump and Rain Man, and a Beautiful Mind, where you have a character who's an underdog. We empathize with them in a way they take us through on a journey that's really as much about remembering that we wanna be on the side of the underdog, and root for them. That's part of why those films feel good. Why does your Lionel have a cat? [LAUGH] Why, does he have a cat? He doesn't have one in the book. He didn't get along with cats. It didn't work out. That's the only reference. And look, the old rule that don't work with children, animals, or on water. [LAUGH] These are tried and true maxims of filmmaking. [LAUGH] That you violate at your peril. And And you did. Yeah, and that cat was named Lester. And he actually, we worked it out between [LAUGH] We came to an agreement. I needed him we needed him in one key scene you remember to stay on the bed when Lionel is actually suffering we're seeing not the part of his condition. That's funny, but the part that's really painful where his physical convulsions are taking him any stress his physical components are are hitting him so hard that it's like he's gonna snap his own neck with his like twitching and. He's coming into his own apartment and we wanted to have like just that moment of I in my. What I wanted was a moment where it's like his only friend is only person is there. In comfort but then twitching is so bad that even the cat runs away. You know what I mean? But the problem is the cat blessed him like obviously if someone he doesn't know walks in and is yelping and twitching he aint hanging for the pat on the head, right? But what we realised was we did it four times. I realized that to mind it Mime it until the one where we want him to run away, then do a real one. And then we layered in the sounds later. I realized we needed to respect Lester's need for a certain method kind. He was a method-kind actor. [LAUGH] I've read a lot of interviews that you've done over the past few weeks and you've talked about your cast which is amazing, but, I just thought the cat needed. I agree. You have talked about that there is a lot of oppurtunity to get films out, even though it was a challenge. Challenge to bring motherless Brooklyn out. And part of that was talking about streaming services like Netflix. What is your take on that tech? It's complex. I mean, I think nobody who's in the business of storytelling, let's say, generally speaking, could ever argue that there's more opportunity There's more opportunity for creative people to tell stories in dynamic and original ways than there has ever been in the history of filmed entertainment. People thought TV would kill movies and people thought VCR would kill them even more and they think streaming will kill. But it's just not the case because people like to get together. Around the fire in a way and tell a story and it's nice, it's fun, I see nothing but opportunity and dynamism in in you know... More platforms and more forms. It's all great. She doesn't know. She doesn't know. What don't I know? [MUSIC]

Up Next

How to Find Cheap Flights
airlinetickets-master-00-05-36-21-still003

Up Next

How to Find Cheap Flights

The iPhone at 15: How Apple's Phone Became the Center of Your Life
yt-applestuff-ep02-v6

The iPhone at 15: How Apple's Phone Became the Center of Your Life

What iOS 16 May Tell Us About the iPhone 14
yt-appleslice-iphone-14cnet

What iOS 16 May Tell Us About the iPhone 14

How Sunscreen Works to Prevent Skin Damage
sunscreen-screenshot-2

How Sunscreen Works to Prevent Skin Damage

How Concorde Pioneered Supersonic Commercial Flight
yt-explainer-super-sonic-v6

How Concorde Pioneered Supersonic Commercial Flight

Apple Previews iOS 16 and a Bunch of New iPhone Features
220606-yt-ios-16-everything-we-know-site

Apple Previews iOS 16 and a Bunch of New iPhone Features

Watch Everything Announced at Apple's WWDC 2022 Event
craig

Watch Everything Announced at Apple's WWDC 2022 Event

Apple's Metal 3 Improves Gaming and Game Development
metalpic

Apple's Metal 3 Improves Gaming and Game Development

Apple Shows Latest iPad OS
apple-ipad-os-00-00-11-22-still096

Apple Shows Latest iPad OS

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

How to Find Cheap Flights
airlinetickets-master-00-05-36-21-still003

How to Find Cheap Flights

The iPhone at 15: How Apple's Phone Became the Center of Your Life
yt-applestuff-ep02-v6

The iPhone at 15: How Apple's Phone Became the Center of Your Life

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC
psstill

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC

How Stationary Batteries Could Help Your Electric Car Move
chargebox-ads-etron-4165x2777

How Stationary Batteries Could Help Your Electric Car Move

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Video Review
surface-go-22

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Video Review

What iOS 16 May Tell Us About the iPhone 14
yt-appleslice-iphone-14cnet

What iOS 16 May Tell Us About the iPhone 14

Most Popular All most popular

How to Find Cheap Flights
airlinetickets-master-00-05-36-21-still003

How to Find Cheap Flights

The iPhone at 15: How Apple's Phone Became the Center of Your Life
yt-applestuff-ep02-v6

The iPhone at 15: How Apple's Phone Became the Center of Your Life

SpyraTwo hands-on: The ultimate water gun
spyratwo-2

SpyraTwo hands-on: The ultimate water gun

How Stationary Batteries Could Help Your Electric Car Move
chargebox-ads-etron-4165x2777

How Stationary Batteries Could Help Your Electric Car Move

What's New to Stream for June 2022
netpicks-june-2022thumb

What's New to Stream for June 2022

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Video Review
surface-go-22

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Video Review

Latest Products All latest products

E Ink Tablets: Everything You Need to Know
eink-website

E Ink Tablets: Everything You Need to Know

Moto G 5G Review: A $400 Phone That May Have Everything You Need
clip0001-00-00-25-15-still001

Moto G 5G Review: A $400 Phone That May Have Everything You Need

Hands-On: We Got to Try the Sony Xperia 1 IV and Its Zoom Lens
xperiafinalpicsite

Hands-On: We Got to Try the Sony Xperia 1 IV and Its Zoom Lens

Lenovo Legion 7 Gaming Laptops Combine Great Power With Simple, Slim Designs
lenovolegion-00-00-45-13-still003

Lenovo Legion 7 Gaming Laptops Combine Great Power With Simple, Slim Designs

Exploring Meta Store: Facebook Parent Meta's First Physical Retail Space
metastore

Exploring Meta Store: Facebook Parent Meta's First Physical Retail Space

Lenovo's Torrent of Slim-Series Laptops Has Almost Too Many Options
lenovoslim-00-00-03-10-still001.png

Lenovo's Torrent of Slim-Series Laptops Has Almost Too Many Options

Latest How To All how to videos

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC
psstill

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account
phoneonorange

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account

Fix Your iPhone Screen With Apple's Self-Service Repair Kit
dsc00641

Fix Your iPhone Screen With Apple's Self-Service Repair Kit

How to Buy a Budget Laptop in 2022
budgetlaptops-00-08-35-15-still001

How to Buy a Budget Laptop in 2022

Google Pay: How to Set Up and Use
googlepay-inhand

Google Pay: How to Set Up and Use

Clean Your AirPods and EarPods Without Damaging Them
yt-howto-clean-airpods-v3

Clean Your AirPods and EarPods Without Damaging Them