My Old Lady – Interview with Writer/Director Israel Horovitz

My Old Lady is the directorial debut of renowned playwright/screenwriter Israel Horovitz.  I was able to chat with Israel about the film, his storied theater background and much more.

Israel and I started our conversation out by talking about why he was driven to direct My Old Lady.

But Israel did explain that he could have had his film directorial debut much sooner.

He told me about the crazy experience of gettin Kevin Kline the script.

Israel explained how his Oscar nominated producer daughter, Rachael, helped round out the cast and crew.

Dame Maggie Smith brought a lot to the role that helped make things so much easier for Israel and his crew.

Another key element of the film is the complex that the apartment scenes were shot in.

He talked about how all the actors are theater based and how Rachael wasn't his only child helping on the film.

Since Israel brought up Oliver's St. Andrews book, I had to ask a golf question and it lead to this.

To end our chat I asked Israel about being the first American playwright-in-residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company and if he could direct one WS play what would it be.

My Old Lady is out in theaters now and well worth your time and money.  I hope the spry 75-year old Israel Horovitz continues to direct film as he seems to have found another successful thing he is good at.  And I hope he follows his own character's secret to long life!

For more information about the film go, here.

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