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[laughs] That’s a totally loaded question!
I know. But it’s also kind of the point of the movie.
Yeah. Steve is the hero, but Billy’s the star. [laughs] Honestly, probably Steve, even though that means I wouldn’t be on a Wheaties box someday.
It’s more of an epic-sized underground montage film than a "movie" as we commonly know it, and endurance of the film’s length is pivotal: the free-associative chaos becomes its own context, and as a viewer you’re living in a rule-free cinematic space, where film is merely another form of consciousness, not an alternate reality you can forget as you occupy it. Lynch likes to characterize the film as an "experience," not an entertainment product you consume, and though he would never dream of being programmatic, "Inland Empire" is a close cousin to Artaud’s concept of a Theater of Cruelty, intended to unravel complacent expectations and create a cathartic crisis in the very fact of spectatorship.
On the podcast, we discuss the recent surge in indie actor-director projects, and then go off and generalize for a while.
And Christopher Bonet has what’s new in theaters.