Michael Keaton had to do a lot in making Birdman, his awards-contending new film, including “many, many” walks down Broadway in his underwear to please his director, says producer John Lesher in this clip from Deadline’s Oscar showcase, The Contenders.

Other stars include Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis and Naomi Watts. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu directed from a script he wrote with Nicolas Giacobone,Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, with the remarkable cinematography by Oscar winner Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity).

Fox Searchlight released the film Nov. 14 in the United States. Since then, it has grossed $23.1 million worldwide, and continues to have one of the best per-theater averages and already has nabbed seven Golden Globe nominations and a raft of critics’ group wins.

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