The former director of Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark is finally speaking out about her experiences. Julie Taymor opened up about her departure recently at the Tribeca Film Festival in an interview with Antonio Monda, in her first public comments about the show since leaving the production in March.
In the interview, Taymor expressed the importance of staying true to your vision, and said that there are "many questions" about why things don't work for a particular production. While Taymor discussed her work in general, and addressed several creative approaches and endeavors including The Lion King (and the risks that show posed, as well), all roads seemed to inevitably lead back to Spidey, which she emphasized "did appeal to a very wide variety of people." She gave high praise to Michael Eisner, who supported her desire, offbeat at the time, to use puppetry in The Lion King, and also exhibited flashes of humor about her recent experiences with Spider-Man, noting that she recently received the Susan B. Anthony "Failure is Impossible" award at a film festival recently, adding, "That's timely!"
It's always interesting to me to see how people take failure, as it's a great measure of character, and Taymor's humor and self-deprecation in the face of a massive disappointment have shown a textbook-perfect response to a production that doesn't quite go off as planned. Everyone experiences this in the performing arts at some point, and like Julie Taymor, you just get up, dust yourself off, and look toward the next project.
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