After the 1998s Pi and the 2000s Requiem for a dreamdirector Darren Aronofsky led The fountain, released in 2006 to commercial and critical interest. But that doesn’t mean its director and star, Hugh Jackman, doesn’t have a certain fondness for it.
In a new one Vanity Fair interview, Hugh Jackman and Darren Aronofsky sat down to discuss The fountain and its place in the careers of both.
As Jackman put it, The fountain “was a real turning point for me as an actor…I had, and still have, enormous trust and honesty with Darren about everything, to the point where Darren would often be right next to the camera while we were shooting . It made me realize how much I want and rely on strength, vision, collaborators, people to help guide me that I can trust. And the experience confirmed to me that this was the way to go go.”
As for Aronofsky, “Well, for me, it’s a long journey that’s still going on. I think there’s a deep love for that film that I haven’t gotten from anything else, and that it just keeps coming.” Aronofsky noted the elements that also have an impact on viewers, recalling an encounter with a particularly ill man. “That’s basically what he said The fountain helped him figure out his life and his death. He got all emotional. And it was interesting to my parents, who never really got it. They really suffocated. So the impact of it in that way is so meaningful to me that it’s really touched a lot of people who have gone through a loss.”
Jackman also noted the film’s importance to his fans. “When people stop me, it’s the most passionate reaction of any film I’ve made. Those who get it have to tell me, and they have to tell me fully what it meant to them.” Really? It is not Movie 43?
As for future collaborations between the two, Aronofsky is hopeful. “I would work with Hugh on anything if it fit…We haven’t been blessed with time to put together, but we keep talking about it. We keep getting really close, and it will happen again. I have faith in that.”
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