Rob Reiner on Scorsese: “When he calls and asks you to be in a movie, you just do what he says”
I personally don’t know anyone who doesn’t love a Rob Reiner film. Frankly, if I met someone who actively despised such beloved standards as “Stand By Me,” “This Is Spinal Tap” or “The Princess Bride,” I don’t think we’d share company for very long. After all, this is the man who can still bring me to tears of laughter and joy, be it Spinal Tap harmonizing at Elvis’ grave, or River Phoenix disappearing, literally and figuratively, in “Stand By Me.” In what initially seemed like a bit of stunt casting, Reiner portrays “Mad” Max Belfort, the rage-fueled father of the drug/sex/money addled Jordan Belfort in Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Despite his relatively limited screen time, Reiner certainly makes an impression, especially in the film’s funniest scene, involving a particularly ill-timed phone call and the interruption of Max’s favorite T.V. show, “The Equalizer.” I caught up with the actor/director over the phone to discuss Scorsese, the directing process and what film he holds closest to his heart.
You haven’t been on the big screen in ten years…