HOLLYWOOD – Filmed over seventeen years, Richard Linklater’s new film Bathroom, starring Ethan Hawke, is a life-affirming portrait of a man as seen by his bathroom mirror.
The Purge star spoke EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec about the long drawn out and arduous process of making the film and the hardships he had to endure:
It was really easy. All I had to do was let Richard put a one way mirror in my bathroom and every couple of weeks he’d come round and change the memory card. He had the camera hooked up to a motion detector and so it would only film when I went to the bathroom.
What was… the point?
Most of us go to the bathroom at least a couple of times a day. Maybe a lot more in certain cases. We go there to brush our teeth, urinate, defecate, shower, check our hair in the mirror, clip our toenails or nasal hair, and bathe. Some of us even masturbate in there. And yet movies almost totally ignore the bathroom. I mean, unless it’s Psycho or some shower sex in Breathless, then we really don’t see this part of our lives. It is criminally underrepresented.
Let me tell you, you can go a hundred years without having sex and nothing will happen, but try going two weeks without having a shit.
Richard Linklater is committed to a cinema which includes all aspects of life and so am I. Including the toilet.
So do we get to see…?
You see everything. The good times, the hard times, when my marriage is on the rocks or when I’ve not been getting enough roughage. You see it all. And in the European cut of the film you’ll even get to see the bidet.