IN A world of movie making where audiences are sprinting to the nearest theatre to watch the world get destroyed with gleeful abandon, Cameron Crowe is something of a rarity.
His recent film, Aloha, has been divisive, sure, but he’s part of a dying breed in Hollywood: an eternally optimistic and romantic filmmaker.
And the reason for that is simple.
“It’s hard not to stay curious and wondrous about life and love,” Crowe says.
“It’s the greatest inspiration of all.
“I love to tell stories about the little things, the little moments that become so huge to us in everyday life: a look, an old photograph, a feeling that comes from hearing a song ... all of these things can mean more than any explosion or vision of apocalyptic doom.
“I like those stories too, but I always find myself coming back to stories about people. Characters you might enjoy spending some time with ... and then missing a little when the movie is over.”
One of those characters from his latest film Aloha has caused somewhat of a controversy: Allison Ng, a quarter-Hawaiian and quarter-Chinese fighter pilot played by Emma Stone
For Crowe, he says a big part of the casting came down to the “chemistry” between his three leads — Stone, Bradley Cooper and Rachel McAdams.
“They (Brad and Emma) had immediate chemistry, both very much interested in each other, and every little bit of emotion they could get from the scenes,” he says.
“It was obvious from the first get-together that they had so much in common, both very instinctive and soulful actors, and like Rachel McAdams they had a real hunger to tell a human story on film.”