Day Forty-Five: Soderbergh is Even Captivating in Interviews

by Tom Noonan

Vulture ran an unbelievably captivating interview with Steven Soderbergh today.  The director behind the Oceans series and Magic Mike is a hugely important voice in film that will become even quieter after his 50th birthday when he retires to pursue things such as book-writing, painting, and directing musicals about female Egyptian Pharaohs played by Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Even after he leaves the medium, his body of work, with its imperfections, flops, and unparalleled visual perfection, will hopefully become a manifestation of his creed.  Soderbergh has always made movies how he sees them as opposed to how the money tells him to, which seems trite and even expected when talking about the man who pioneered the “indie” genre, but in the high stakes industry that is “Hollywood”, an industry which Soderbergh was eventually forced to operate within, it becomes a significant distinction.  Telling your story is the most important part of storytelling to Mr. Soderbergh, and, as an innovative and influential artist in his genre, it feels like he has succeeded.

“Just make stuff and don’t agonize over it. Stop worrying about being No. 1. I see a lot of people getting paralyzed by the response to their work, the imagined result. It’s like playing a Jedi mind trick on yourself, and Smith is right. That’s the way I’ve always approached films, the way I approach everything. Just make ’em.”