On Dec. 6 we are sharing our interview with actor Steve Carell about being honored at the 2014 Gotham Independent Film Awards this week. The event was presented by the The Independent Film Project. A special jury award, presented by Meryl Streep went to Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum for their ensemble work in “Foxcatcher.” The Sony Pictures Classics release is now playing. The nominating jury recommending the award included Ann Hornaday, Mark Harris, Glenn Kenny, David Rooney, and Elizabeth Weitzman. Read what he told us reporters backstage exclusively:
Q: Looking back, what did you learn from your character?
Steve Carell: I think from the whole experience I’ve learned that Bennett Miller is someone I would like to work with again. And that Mark (Ruffalo), and Channing (Tatum), and Vanessa Redgrave, and all the people in this movie were very special. I feel like it was an isolated period of time where all these people came together and made something that we could all be proud of.
Q: What would you say is the biggest thing you’ve celebrated this year and why?
Steve Carell: Well we celebrate our kids graduating from each grade, so the biggest celebration last year was my daughter graduating from sixth grade into seventh grade. Like going into middle school, that was a huge deal, at least it is in our school.
Q: And what would you say is the most challenging thing you’ve faced this year?
Steve Carell: Luckily we haven’t faced, as a family, too many enormous challenges. For me, professionally, this movie was a challenge. It’s unlike anything I have ever tried before so it was exciting. It was a good challenge.
Q: Can you speak about collaborating with Bennett and what you admire about him? Did he teach you anything?
Steve Carell: I think he is … there’s nothing extraneous about him as a person and about the movies that he makes. He is very spare and very precise and incredibly thoughtful about every choice that he makes. But at the same time he is incredibly collaborative.
Q: How has this affected your future roles that you will do?
Steve Carell: Oh, I have no idea. I’m just lucky to be employed. Seriously. I don’t know if it will or won’t affect those things. I think about it every day how lucky I am to have been a part of it. I think it is one of those films that I can look back on and just be very content and happy that I was even connected with it in any way.
Q: Did you have the Tilda Swinton moment, too? It seems like everyone is having one tonight.
Steve Carell: Oh my gosh. Just having Meryl Streep sit next to me and then go up and say those kind words. I want a tape of that. I just want to play it on a loop.
The Gotham Awards were presented by euphoria Calvin Klein.