Griffin Dunne is an actor and director. As a performer, he is best known for his roles in the films An American Werewolf in London, After Hours, Who’s That Girl, Quiz Show and, most recently, Dallas Buyers Club, and for his appearances in the TV shows House of Lies and I Love Dick. He has directed such films as Addicted to Love, Practical Magic, Fierce People, The Accidental Husband and the 2017 documentary Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold. He lives in New York City.
On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Podcast, Simon Baker (best known for playing the title role in The Mentalist) talks with fellow actor-turned-director Griffin Dunne, who he has known for two decades. The two friends discuss Breath, Baker’s newly released directorial debut – a coming-of-age surfing movie, in which Baker also stars – as well as directing vs. acting, the challenges of making an authentic surfing movie, the documentary Dunne made about his aunt Joan Didion, how “human cinema” will outlast superhero franchises, a hilarious story about Dunne’s father giving him “the talk,” and much, more. For more filmmakers talking film, visit Talkhouse at talkhouse.com/film. Subscribe now to stay in the loop on future episodes of the Talkhouse Podcast.
The music featured in the podcast is as follows:
1. Intro / outro underscore: “Plastic Man vs. The Giant Red Phase Of The Sun” – Iced Ink
Episode engineered and co-produced by Mark Yoshizumi. The Talkhouse Podcast’s producer is Elia Einhorn.