By Elizabeth C.
NEW YORK MAGAZINE throws the literary equivalent of a going away party for Director Steven Soderberg, who promises he’s retiring to paint following next week’s release of Side Effects. To celebrate his self-imposed surrender, Mary Kay Schilling shares a long and leisurely conversation with the “prolific chameleon” during which he touches on everything from the limitations of narrative, accusations of”style over substance,” and the innate leadership of George Clooney.
“He inspires people. He listens. He’s generous. He’s loyal. He’s funny, which is crucial,” Soderberg says. “He solves problems better than anyone I know. That’s why people keep telling him to run for office, but he’s too smart for that. If there were 500 of him, you could take over an entire country — but of course three weeks later you’d lose it again because of all the parties.”
There’s so much good dialogue that the full exchange is well worth your time, even if you’re only a minor film buff.