An interview with Robert Altman on THE PLAYER (1992)

Here is an interview with Robert Altman from 1992 discussing The Player, his acclaimed meta-fictional take on Hollywood. Altman talks about the film’s numerous movie star cameos—including Whoopie Goldberg, Patrick Swayze, and Jeff Daniels—and how he was able to round them up for the shoot. The short also includes interviews with some of the cast and a few clips of Altman directing the film. His use of celebrities in the movie makes for some hilarious recounts. Perhaps the most interesting bit is when he talks about casting Cher, telling her to wear red to the black-and-white party scene so she would think “she’s a little more special than everybody else.”

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Samuel Tunningley is a student attending Central Michigan University. He is currently working toward an undergraduate degree in online journalism and a minor in cinema studies. In addition to contributing to The Seventh Art, he also serves as the Arts & Entertainment editor for Grand Central Magazine.