Paul Dano wants to transition from acting to directing so he can emulate some of his favorite filmmakers.
In an interview with IndieWire, the star opened up about the movies that changed her life – and revealed her desire to get behind the camera.
“I will do movies at some point,” he said. “I thought maybe I’d pursue that, because I really started getting into film seriously and I’m still a student of it, but for fun. But I’m interested in all of this: I love movies. I don’t just love acting alone.”
Speaking about his favorite movies, Dano cited Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights and Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line as life changing.
“There were so many beautiful actors and characters… It was like a whole new world of film… It’s a wonderful balance between a masterfully made film and super fun, which is kind of an amazing feat,” a- he said of Boogie Nights.
Discussing Malick’s 1998 World War II drama The Thin Red Line, he added: “I had no idea a movie like The Thin Red Line existed. I had probably only seen stories from A to B. Whatever Terrence Malick was doing in this movie, it was like in his movies, he was actually looking for something, it was a completely different experience as a viewer to watch someone looking.
He credits both filmmakers with sparking his interest in going beyond comedy.
“Perhaps what separates those two for me at this age is also being moved by the images,” he explained. “Not just by the story or the acting, but by saying, ‘Oh wow, there are other things at work here that speak to me and move me and excite me. I think that before it was the story or the character that could have really interested me. Now, there were all these other things that were happening that got into me.