During a recently-posted Hollywood Reporter directors panel video, Matthew Belloni or Stephen Galloway (not sure which) got bitch-slapped by The Descendants director Alexander Payne, Shame helmer Steve McQueen and Young Adult director Jason Reitman for saying that Ryan O’Neal is “horrendously miscast” in Barry Lyndon.
Payne: “We disagree there. I think he’s perfectly cast.” McQueen: “I disagree completely. Ryan O’Neal — he’s brilliant, he’s Barry Lyndon, he’s beautiful, he’s lyrical. You project yourself onto him, you are Barry Lyndon.” Reitman: “The fact that he doesn’t know what he’s doing makes it actually work. His naivete adds to the role.”