How ‘The Land of Steady Habits’ Turns Trespassing Into Comedy | Anatomy of a Scene

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How ‘The Land of Steady Habits’ Turns Trespassing Into Comedy | Anatomy of a Scene
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I’m Nicole holofcener and I adapted the book and directed the movie The Land of steady habits this is Ben mendelsohn playing Anders hell he’s left his wife and moved into a condo and while he was drunk he told the cab driver old address and when they pulled up he didn’t realize where he was and then he decided to go in anyway what the hell I wanted this scene it’s not in the book and I wanted to see Anders in boy being a jerk but he sort of where is his jerkiness with pride it always helps when the characters drunk if they need to make a fool out of themselves and then plays a terrific drum box of stuff for you over here by the door and I feel he played a very subtle drunk so he can go straight into the refrigerator and doesn’t recognize anything I wanted you know really like airy-fairy healthy crap in the freezer that would not have been in his house we shoot the refrigerator light in it because the refrigerator is noisy so we turn it off for the sound apartment and by the time I got to the next scene where he’s eating a Popsicle the refrigerator had been turned off and the Popsicles just kept tracking in half and falling on the floor that was pretty sad like what happened why don’t they freeze why don’t they freeze and then we realize the prop Department didn’t realize that they had not turn the power back on
Ben Mendelsohn stars in “The Land of Steady Habits” as Anders Hill, a divorced man grappling with the new life he has set up for himself. Nicole Holofcener directs the film (in theaters and streaming on Netflix Sept. 14), and adapted Ted Thompson’s novel for the screen.

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In this scene, Anders has been drinking and gives his taxi driver the incorrect address, that of his former home. But he still has the key and decides to head in, to the dismay of his son (Thomas Mann), his ex-wife (Edie Falco) and her new boyfriend (Bill Camp). Here, Holofcener talks about how melting Popsicle props and Mendelsohn’s ability to play a convincing drunk made for a fun shoot.

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