TCM Classic Film Festival 2012: Red Carpet Interviews
What was it like to work with Saul Bass as a director?
Michael Murphy: It was very, very interesting. He had never made a movie before, and I didn’t know that at the time. But boy, he knew what he was doing and he knew what he wanted.
He was an artist first. His long suit was not working with actors, and I think for many reasons the acting is not the best part of that movie [in regards of Phase IV]. But boy, his work with ants; the ants are fabulous. It’s all about ants taking over the universe.
Of all the directors you’ve worked with, who was your favorite?
MM: It would have to be Robert Altman and Woody Allen.
Could you say a few words about Woody Allen?
MM: He’s a good guy, and very funny in real life.
Is he as neurotic? More neurotic? Less neurotic?
MM: Less neurotic. He’s neurotic, but not that neurotic.