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Director Paul Weitz Talks About His Own Father in “Being Flynn” Interview

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Director Paul Weitz Talks About His Own Father in “Being Flynn” Interview

Writer/director Paul Weitz has explored the bond between father-and-son before in movies like “About a Boy” and “In Good Company.” With “Being Flynn,” Weitz is back to take a look at this unbreakable bond even if the relationship is a bit dysfunctional.

Based on Nick Flynn’s memoir called “Another Bulls—t Night in Suck City,” Paul Dano embodies the author and the great Robert De Niro is his homophobic, bigoted father. Julianne Moore plays the caring mother, and Olivia Thirlby (“Juno”) is his nurturing girlfriend.

In this interview, Weitz talked about:

*** Why it took 7 years to develop “Being Flynn”
*** Writing 30 drafts of the script, and which one was eventually used
*** What was his initial attraction to the film?
*** Why explore the father-son dynamic again?
*** Alcoholism, drug abuse, and the many demons in “Being Flynn”
*** Meeting the real Jonathan Flynn
*** Working with Robert De Niro

Transcripts / Production notes / Scripts


Nick Flynn is shocked to have his eccentric and long-absent father, Jonathan reach out to him unexpectedly. Still feeling the loss of his mother in the midst of starting a new relationship with Denise, the last person Nick wants to see is his father. But you can't outrun fate and slowly Nick comes to realize he has been given the chance to make a real future not only for himself, but for his struggling father too.

In Theaters • March 2, 2012
MPAA Rating R (for for language throughout, some sexual content, drug use, and brief nudity)
Genres Adaptation, Drama
Distributors Focus Features
Box Office $45,546
Run Time 1 hour 26 minutes


Paul Weitz -- Director


Robert De Niro -- Jonathan Flynn
Paul Dano -- Nick Flynn
Julianne Moore -- Jody Flynn
Olivia Thirlby -- Denise
Eddie Rouse -- Carlos
Steve Cirbus -- Jeff


Language: English

Year of Production: 2012

Length: 4:00

Country: United States