I don’t like movies that say “look at these older graying guys doing this!” or “look at these older graying guys doing that!” I’d rather just watch a movie about older guys doing whatever minus the pigeonholing. I also don’t like synopses like this: “A pair of aging con men try to get the old gang back together for one last hurrah before one of the guys takes his last assignment — to kill his comrade.” That’s a bullshit plot from the ’80s.

Al Pacino, Chris Walken during filming of Stand-Up Guys.

In real life there’s no “last” anything. There’s just the next thing, and the next thing after that. “People always ask me what my favorite is of all the films I’ve made,” John Ford once said, “and I always say, ‘The next!'”