'Gone Girl' Cast on David Fincher's Pranks, Multiple Takes

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Tyler Perry and Neil Patrick Harris also reveal what it was like to watch the movie with an audience

Be warned, actors: If you ever bring your phone out on a David Fincher set, you're likely to get a creepy message from the man behind the camera.

Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike recalls that she now has a collection of photos of Fincher giving her stern looks, which he would text her whenever he saw her checking her phone.

And when she discovered one of the creepy photos, Fincher says, Pike would look around horrified.

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That's just one of the behind-the-scenes stories that Fincher and his Gone Girl cast share in a series of interviews with Cinemax that the premium cable network has posted online.

In the interviews, Neil Patrick Harris also talks about how Fincher's famous process of doing several takes of each scene is actually nuanced and doesn't feel like you're doing the same thing over and over because you're screwing up.

"It weirdly didn't feel redundant because he sets up these shots to run for the whole scene, so you're not just doing 50 takes of one tiny little incremental part, you're simmering this pot, so the first few takes are to get going and by the time you're in the 10, 11, 12th takes, he's giving notes to everyone," Harris explains. "So it didn't really feel like it's your responsibility, like you keep f—ing it up, and if you were only doing it differently then you could move on. But you kind of get into this like flow of doing it start to finish, putting your jacket back on, putting your keys in your pocket, getting your wallet, out the door, couple notes, think about it ,and rolling, you're back in it, you're doing it again."

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Harris and co-star Tyler Perry also talk about what it was like to watch the movie with an audience.

"It was really, really quiet … but then when they found it funny, there'd be an immediate laugh and then silence cause they didn't want to miss the next moment," Harris says.

Unfortunately it wasn't quite quiet enough for Perry.

"I missed a lot of the lines because the laughter was so loud in certain areas," he says.

Watch the three Cinemax segments below, including author-screenwriter Gillian Flynn talking about her sushi mishap in her first lunch with Fincher.

 

 

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