Ethan Coen Speaks On Reasons For Hiatus From Filmmaking & Return With Cannes Doc ‘Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind’

four-time Oscar winner Ethan Coen has spoken about the reasons behind his recent hiatus from filmmaking, as well as his return with the documentary JAri Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mindwhich makes its world premiere in Cannes Film Festival on Sunday.

Coen had been making movies with his brother Joel for decades when news broke that he would not be joining his recent Apple feature. the tragedy of macbeth– To spark curiosity about whether they can be done for good with filmmaking. The coveted Coen Brothers split, behind such enduring titles no country for old men And fargo, considering the pair’s long and successful creative history together, stunned the world. but in an interview with the Associated Press Published on Sunday, in which he chats with his wife and creative partner Tricia Cooke, Ethan Coen explains that there was “nothing dramatic” that prompted the move.

“When you’re a kid you start out and you want to make a film. Everything is excitement and buzz-ho, let’s make a movie. And the first film is just loads of fun,” said the filmmaker. Then the second movie is very funny, almost as funny as the first. And after 30 years, it’s not that it isn’t fun, but it’s more work than ever. ,

Coen notes that his brother Joel has experienced similar feelings—albeit “not to the same extent” that he has—calling them “an unavoidable by-product” of growing up. “The last two movies that we made, me and Joel together, were really tough in terms of production. I mean, really tough. So if you don’t have to, you go to a certain point: Why am I doing this? They said. “It was just getting a little bit old and difficult … the production experience … more grinding and less fun.”

Coen said his return to filmmaking with Jerry Lewis Doc, first unveiled as part of the 2022 Cannes lineup, came about the fact that he “became bored” and “claustrophobic” during the COVID lockdown. ” were. It was during this period that their longtime friend T-Bone Burnett approached Coen and Cook about making their first feature doc, noting that it would be a project heavy in archival footage, which they would complete at home. could. Coen suggested that the notion was too compelling to reject, calling Burnett “a lifesaver”.

During his time with the AP, Coen was also asked if he might one day return to directing with his brother, stating that he isn’t sure yet. “Going your separate ways feels like it suggests this might be the last. But none of this stuff happened for sure. No decision is certain,” he commented. “We will film another I don’t know what my next film will be after that. The pandemic happened. I turned into a big kid and got bored and gave up, and then the pandemic happened. Then other things happen and who knows?”

The Koons won their first Oscar fargo Screenplay in 1997 would go on to claim three laurels in the categories of Best Picture, Direction and Adapted Screenplay for his 2007 film no country for old men, Ethan Coen’s First Doctor Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind The first and wildest practitioner of rock and roll: promises to offer an electrifying glimpse into the complex life and thrilling, unparalleled performances of Jerry Lee Lewis. A24 will release the picture later this year.