Terrence Malick's Interesting Facts

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1 For coloring in his films, he uses what he calls a "no-look look" which means he doesn't want it to be warm or cold or especially moody, or light, or anything. He wants it to look as if the viewer were looking through a window.
2 U.S. film critic James Hoberman once said: "Where other movies have fans, Malick's produce disciples.".
3 Ben Stiller, due to Malick's love of Zoolander, once dressed up in character and recorded him a special birthday video message.
4 Once called producer friend Rob Cohen from a highway saying, "I'm walking to Oklahoma!" Cohen asked, "What do you mean, you're walking to Oklahoma? From Texas?" Malick answered, "Yeah, I'm looking at birds.".
5 For years he wouldn't allow his mother to read the script of The Thin Red Line (1998) because of the profanity.
6 Is a big fan of Totò.
7 Translated "The Essence of Reasons" by Martin Heidegger from German into English.
8 Magdalen College, Oxford currently (as of December 2014) lists Malick under "lost alumni" on its website.
9 When he was in Paris, often went to watch football, supporting Paris Saint-Germain.
10 The last press interview he gave was in 1973.
11 Had been in Bolivia as a journalist in 1966 working on a story about Che Guevera.
12 For 18 months or so, well into 1979, Malick worked on a project based on the life of Joseph Merrick, the 19th-century British sideshow celebrity who suffered from a rare, debilitating disease.
13 Originally worked on a screenplay limited to Ernesto 'Che' Guevara's attempts to start a revolution in Bolivia. When financing fell through, he left the project, and subsequently Steven Soderbergh agreed to direct a film inspired by Malick's script that finally became Che: Part Two (2008).
14 Is also said to be a fan of Zoolander (2001).
15 "Malick" means "king" in Arabic.
16 Fluent in French.
17 After 43 years of film career, he was photographed and caught on film while on set for one of the first times ever during the weekend of September 16, 2011.
18 In 2004, during the filming of The New World (2005), Malick forced Christopher Plummer to climb a tall oak tree. The task was very difficult for Plummer, who was 74 at the time, and took 3 unsuccessful attempts before Malick was satisfied with his performance. This footage was not used in the final film.
19 Spent most of his twenty-year hiatus in Paris.
20 His contract stipulates that no photographs are to be taken of him on set.
21 Is an avid bird watcher.
22 Worked as a Journalist for Newsweek, Life and the New Yorker before pursuing a career in film.
23 He is independently wealthy from oil money and does not rely on film-making for a living. He simply makes movies out of love for them.
24 His film To the Wonder (2012) was the last film that Roger Ebert reviewed.
25 Has worked with four different actors who played the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman: George Clooney, Christian Bale, Ben Affleck and Val Kilmer.
26 One of the most praised aspects of his films are the quality of its cinematography. As of 2014, four of his films have been Oscar-nominated in the Best Cinematography category: Days of Heaven (1978), The Thin Red Line (1998), The New World (2005) and The Tree of Life (2011). Only Days of Heaven (1978) managed to win in the category and still is the only Oscar ever given to a Malick film.
27 Wrote an early draft of Dirty Harry (1971).
28 Began his film career at the age of 25.
29 Terrence Malick is step-father to actor, producer, and director, Will Wallace.
30 His grandfather was an Assyrian Christian immigrant to the U.S.
31 He was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in March 2002 in Austin, Texas.
32 Phi Beta Kappa student
33 Notoriously withdrawn from public life, his friends, such as Martin Sheen, have always remarked that he is a very warm and humble man who prefers to work without medial intrusion.
34 Wrote an unused draft of Great Balls of Fire! (1989).
35 Turned down an offer to direct The Elephant Man (1980).
36 He grew up on a farm and worked as a farmhand before studying philosophy at Harvard. After graduating he went to Magdalen College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar but left before finishing his thesis (on Martin Heidegger) after a disagreement with his advisor. He moved back to the United States and taught philosophy at M.I.T. while freelancing as a journalist.
37 He taught philosophy in France from 1979 to 1994.
38 Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985". Pages 636-639. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
39 Appeared as unannounced guest on the screening of Badlands (1973) in the retrospective section of the 54th. Berlin film festival in 2004.
40 After Days of Heaven (1978), it was a full 20 years before he directed his next film, The Thin Red Line (1998).
41 Wrote a treatment for Dirty Harry (1971) but none of his work appears in the final version.
42 In his contract for directing The Thin Red Line (1998), he stated that no current pictures of him could be published or shown anywhere.
43 Went to St. Stephen's high school in Austin, Texas, where he played football.
44 M.F.A. from the American Film Institute.
45 Resides in Austin, Texas.
Sources:
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