Warren Beatty is not exactly what you would call a prolific film maker. Whereas many actors and directors have projects to tide them over every year, he seems to be a lot more selective in the roles and films he chooses to pursue. Almost in the same manner as Daniel Day Lewis who is also fiercely selective in his film roles. And much like that legendary actor, Beatty tends to give these film’s everything he has in making them. Which means we are often left with well thought out, detailed films that are often meticulously acted by the man himself.
So much so, that the last time Beatty actually directed a film was 1998’s Bulworth. Now how is that for a scary stat. It might make you feel old when you realise it, but also a reminder of how sometimes less can be more. Beatty doesn’t make a lot of films, but at least they are all unique and memorable in their own way.
And much like this meticulous nature, this next Beatty film, Rules Don’t Apply tries to showcase the life of another even more eccentric film maker, Howard Hughes. The legendary producer was famous for his strange and bizarre OCD behavior, which included a strange penchant for banana nut ice cream, paranoia and keeping a dozen or so actresses under contract at all times. And this last of his bizarre traits that this film is looking to focus on as Warren Beatty’s Howard Hughes character becomes smitten with Lily Collins, who plays a spunky up and coming actress.
Now what stood out for me most from this trailer, is just how many big Hollywood actors are actually in it. You could practically turn this trailer into a quiz show to see how many names audiences can guess, because it’s full of them. Outside of the stars already mentioned, I can count Alden Ehrenreich, Alec Baldwin, Annette Bening, Candice Bergen, Steve Coogan, Ed Harris, Haley Bennett, Matthew Broderick, Martin Sheen, Dabney Coleman, Taissa Farmiga, Megan Hilty and Oliver Platt. And I’m sure I’m missing a whole bunch as well.
Beatty has produced, written and directed the film, which is due for release in the US on November 23.
Last Updated: October 28, 2016