‘Vice’ Editor on Why It Was ‘One of the Toughest Movies’ He’s Ever Worked on
Hank Corwin has worked with some of film’s most iconic directors — Robert Redford, Oliver Stone, Barry Levinson and Terrence Malick.
He’s frequently edited earnest dramas, like Stone’s “Nixon” and Malick’s “The Tree of Life.”But his two latest feature outings — Adam McKay’s “The Big Short,” released in 2015, and the Dick Cheney biopic “Vice,” a Christmas release from Annapurna, took a more ironic approach to storytelling.Corwin was surprised three years ago when his agent sent him the script for “The Big Short” because, he says, “McKay is comedy, and if you look at my work, I’m not exactly a comedy editor.” It turned out that McKay was looking for a replacement editor because the first individual attached to the film wasn’t working out.
Corwin loved the script, started cutting, and he and McKay hit it off.
The movie went on to earn him an Oscar nomination for editing.
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