THE AV INTERVIEW I BOTCHED: GIL BIRMINGHAM (HELL OR HIGH WATER)

WHO I TRIED TO INTERVIEW

Gil Birmingham has a strong supporting role in “Hell or High Water”. He shares most of his time with Jeff Bridges in the film. Sure, the character only serves as a counterpoint to Bridges’ aging character, but he makes the most out of the role.

WHAT HAPPENED?

One and only time using an IR controlled microphone system. I lost signal around Question 3 and I broke the line of sight. That movement caused the recording to stop without signaling me. Not the worst, not the best.

HOW I RECOVERED

I jotted down the replies and answers on a Post-It note. After weeks of trying to piece it together, I gave up. I figured talking about what would happen would fulfill more than rehashing about 6 good questions about a film that I wasn’t allowed to review.

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT

I farted out an explanation about a day before Columbus Day. Given that the subject is a Native American actor, the dates syncing up was nothing but coincidence. If you’re curious about the replies, I’ll give the short answers.

  • Jeff Bridges is great.
  • His character serves to explain the lingering sense of death in the film.
  • Birmingham loves Tina Fey and would love to return for Season 3 of Kimmy Schmidt.
  • He appreciated the sudden death scene that happened to his character.
  • He’s working on the new Transformers movie.
  • He’d love to keep working on films like this.

When you distill an interview down like this, it becomes something new. While it’s not the gentle chat that I had with Coscarelli when a similar malfunction happened, these incidences continue to prove something to me. I need recommendations for better interviewing equipment. I’ve lucked through a few recent interviews, but I’m continuing to try anything that might work better.

HELL OR HIGH WATER IS IN THEATERS NOW!

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