Director Roundtable: 6 Auteurs on Tantrums, Crazy Actors and Quitting While They’re Ahead

THR gathers together six of the most talked about directors for their Award Season Roundtable including: Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained), David. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) , Ben Affleck (Argo) , Ang Lee (Life of Pi) , Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) and Gus Van Sant(Promised Land).

The transcript follows below:

In 1997, independent filmmaker Gus Van Sant directed an unknown actor-writer named Ben Affleck in Good Will Hunting, which launched Affleck and his buddy Matt Damon to stardom (and won them a screenplay Oscar). Fifteen years later, Van Sant, 60 (Promised Land), and Affleck, 40 (Argo), arrived Nov. 20 at The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual Director Roundtable as peers, both riding awards buzz for their latest dramas. The duo joined Tom Hooper, 40 (Les Miserables), Ang Lee, 58 (Life of Pi), David O. Russell, 54 (Silver Linings Playbook), and Quentin Tarantino, 49 (Django Unchained), for a spirited discussion at Milk Studios, during which Affleck acknowledged his acting roots. He quipped (only half-jokingly), “I’m the only one here who could be hired by everyone else.”

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