In the second episode of TheWrap’s Drinking With the Stars at The Sayers Club in Hollywood, the actor discusses what drew him to his latest indie film, as well as haters of Zach Braff’s Kickstarter project
“I had an opportunity to sit in some of the rooms and listen to how this has devastated person after person. And I was really ripped apart by it,” Gad said (see video above). “It’s led to incurable disease, it’s led to significant jail time, it’s led to irreparable damage with family members — it’s a pretty devastating and debilitating disease.”
“There’s something exhilarating about working with a first-time director because they still have so much to prove,” Gad said. “Stu just hit it out of the park. He was so confident in his approach to the material that it showed, and allowed him to just be there for the actors.”
Gad also had high praise for actor-turned-director Zach Braff, who recently wrapped his second feature, “Wish I Was Here,” in which Gad stars. The movie was famously crowdfunded on Kickstarter and then famously scrutinized for asking fans to fill the budget, but Gad doesn’t understand the backlash.
“Nobody is putting a gun to these peoples’ heads. They generally want to participate in the making of the movie,” Gad said. “I think people just bring their own baggage and their own nonsense to it. And I think it’s an unnecessary reaction to something that I think is actually really novel.”
See what else Gad had to say in TheWrap’s original series, “Drinking With the Stars,” in more videos below:
Working with first-time directors, crowdfunding and Zach Braff:
Balancing TV and film commitments, and his thoughts on “Fifty Shades of Grey”: