David Fincher’s “The Killer” wants to make you nervous — especially, the next time you’re shopping at Home Depot.
At a press conference at the Venice Film Festival on Sunday, Fincher elaborated on the action thriller as he elaborated on how he created the title role of a quiet and calculated assassin played by Michael Fassbender.
“Sympathy for this character was the last thing on my mind,” Fincher said. “He doesn’t need to be afraid. You know, the naturalness of evil. My hope is that someone will watch this movie and be very nervous about the person standing in line at Home Depot.
Viewers are invited into the mind of Bassbender’s character, who simply goes by The Killer in the film. He does yoga, eats McGriddles without bread and listens to the Smiths as he prepares to shoot his targets.
On choosing the Smiths as the soundtrack for the killer’s escapades, Fincher said: “I knew I wanted to use ‘How Soon Now,’ and I liked the idea of that song as a tool to ease his anxieties. I wanted it to be a meditation tape, and I thought it was fun and funny. And, I don’t think there’s ever been a recording artist’s music library that has so much humor and wit at the same time. We don’t get a bad access to who this guy is, and I thought with his mixtapes, it would be fun to be our window into him.
The “Fight Club” and “Gone Girl” director also shared his thoughts on the cast and writer strikes, saying he “can understand both sides.”
“I don’t know what that says about the industry. I’m very sad, obviously I’m sitting in the middle of both parties,” he said. [we] Three years of putting down our brushes and leaving is over – the idea of that continuing, especially now, makes me very sad. I can understand both sides and I think all we can do is encourage them to talk.