When you think of your favorite Steve Spielberg movie, chances are whatever story he was telling took you on some kind of fun adventure, whether it was to sea to fight a shark, riding your bicycle through the sky with an alien friend, traveling the world with a crazy archaeologist named Indiana Jones or visiting a small island off the coast of Costa Rica where someone thought bringing dinosaurs back was a good idea.
Throughout his career, Spielberg’s movies were an escape to worlds you wanted to explore and play around in, scary as they may be. In recent years though, the director has shifted a large portion of his focus in film to telling historical tales, where getting the real life details right was incredibly important.
“All the movies I’ve made about history, it’s not really fun because you’re trying to get it right, and you’ve got history telling you how it was; and then your imagination, my imagination, it’s telling me how I wished it had been, but I can’t go there,” Spielberg explains during a press day for his latest work, “The BFG,” which is adapted from a Roald Dahl story. “So I have to kind of censor myself. And I’m very good about stopping myself from creating history that never occurred.”
While Spielberg himself admits that the process of those movies can sometimes be “frustrating,” with “The BFG” he gets the chance to play around once again.
When asked what making this particular film taught him, the director answers, “I just learned, you know, something that I guess I’ve known before, especially working with child actors. But it has to be fun. It has to be fun.”
“This movie for me was a tremendous release, where all I needed was my imagination, and my respect for Roald Dahl’s writing, to be able to say, ‘This is going to be the most [fun] I’ve had in a long time,’ and it was,” he continues. “It was.”
“The BFG” is in theaters July 1.