The Film That Lit My Fuse is a Deadline video series that aims to provide an antidote to headlines about industry uncertainty by swinging the conversation back to the creative ambitions, formative influences, and inspirations of some of today’s great screen artists.
Every installment asks the same five questions. Today’s subject is the multi-hyphenated Frank Oz. The British-born actor, director, and puppeteer is famed for his long and successful association with The Muppets, performing iconic characters including Miss Piggy and Cookie Monster. He is also lauded for voicing Yoda in the Star Wars franchise.
As a director, Oz has helmed films including The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Little Shop of Horrors, Bowfinger, and The Stepford Wives. He has worked on documentaries in recent years including Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched and Hulu special Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself.
In The Film That Lit My Fuse, Oz talks about his admiration for Orson Welles’ Touch Of Evil and remembers a dinner he had with the great filmmaker. He also reveals that his directing mantra is “finish the film.”
Check out the interview above.
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