Asked by TIFF co-director Cameron Bailey about his tendency to make movies about flawed characters facing tough times, The Descendants director Alexander Payne bristled and snapped, “I don’t mean to pick on you, but what movie doesn’t have characters who are flawed and are facing tough times in their lives? I’m sorry, but I was asked the same question at the press conference this afternoon, and I don’t get it.” — reported last night by TheWrap‘s Steve Pond.
Come to think of it, even if a character isn’t flawed — even if he’s Mr. Perfect — Jesus Christ, for example — all dramas are about struggles, woes and facing tough times. So whaddaya whaddaya, Bailey?