Russo Bros. asked Steven Soderbergh to ask Kevin Feige to hire them
Joe and Anthony Russo hired longtime pal Soderbergh to convince Marvel Studios boss Feige to help them land their “dream job” directing 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Steven Soderbergh is credited with the Russo Brothers’ fortune.
The ‘Logan Lucky’ director joined longtime friends Joe and Anthony Russo in directing their first Marvel film, ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’ in 2014.
“The Russos are friends of mine,” Soderbergh told Rolling Stone. “Who knew when I first met them that they loved that and had a real feeling for it? I didn’t know that until they called me and said, ‘We’re ready for this Captain America movie [“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”]. Will you call Kevin Feige and say nice things about us?’”
Soderbergh continued, “And I said, ‘Yes, if you would answer this one question for me: do you really want to do this, or did someone tell you to do it?’ And they said, ‘Oh no, we have this huge comic book collection. It’s our dream job.” And I said, ‘Oh, then of course I’ll do it.’ And it turns out they weren’t joking.”
The Magic Mike’s Last Dance filmmaker added that the Russos’ passion for superhero films has since shaped his own take on the genre.
“I’m happy for them,” Soderbergh said of the Russos. “This shit is hard. I could not do it.”
He continued, “I have no philosophical problem with these films. The fact is: I’m not the audience for it. I never was. Growing up, I never had comics. I’m not a fantasy person. I’m too stuck on the ground. So I’m just not the target for that. I’m agnostic to them. I can tell you now, especially as a filmmaker, these are really difficult films when it comes to perseverance.”
Soderbergh shared that audiences are “spending more money” to see Marvel and DC movies in theaters than “middle-class adult dramas,” and that it’s a “strange mix of forces, both economically and culturally.” ‘ behind the rise in theatrical addiction to superhero films.
“Now every time I whine, ‘Is it always going to be like this? Are we stuck here?’ Someone we all don’t know about is out there doing something that’s going to come out in six months or a year and it’s going to reverse the path we’re on and things are going to go in a different direction,” he said Soderbergh. “I’ve always believed in the ability of filmmakers to reverse the direction of the industry. I believe in artists’ ability to figure shit out.”
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