VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Jason Isaacs On His ‘Surreal’ Film ‘Dr. Bird’s Advice For Sad Poets’
Jason Isaacs described his new movie Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets as an “extraordinary almost surreal coming of age story” that “doesn’t really fit in any box.”
“Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets, it’s not even out yet and I feel it’s going to be a cult film,” he said. “I don’t really know how to describe it, but if I don’t describe it people might not want to watch it. They should watch the trailer.”
“I saw a short film sent to me by the director [Yaniv Raz] and he said, you know, ‘I’m going to try to make the feature,’ and there wasn’t really a part for the father in it, I’m the father of the young lead and I said ‘I don’t know what you’re going to do in a feature, but I’m happy, I just want to be in it. You’re obviously incredibly talented, the short blew me away. He wrote a much bigger part for the father, and I wrote back to him, I went, ‘You know what? You should cut it. You don’t need it. You don’t need me in the film, you don’t need the part in the film. What you’ve got is fantastic.’ And he went, ‘No, no you’re still thinking of the short. This is an hour and a half feature you do need to flesh out the family.”
“I was just lucky to be around,” he said. “I thought it was fantastic, course I’m inside the bubble of bias.”
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