Thomas Langmann: 'Crazy' risk pays off for 'The Artist' producer
Thomas Langmann, producer of "The Artist" and winner of the Darryl F. Zanuck Award at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, said he took a risk on a silent movie in the hopes of being part of a unique and unconventional film.
Certainly no pressure at all for the film's writer and director, Michel Hazanavicius.
"People called me crazy, or insane, but I knew if Michel succeeded, the film would be different -- it would be special," Langmann said Saturday night. "I put a lot of pressure on Michel's shoulders, but the film turned out to be beyond our expectations."
The Zanuck Award honors the outstanding producer of a theatrical motion picture. Langmann, who plans to continue working with Hazanavicius on his future projects, said he wanted "The Artist" to serve as a "love letter to American cinema" and a tribute to Hollywood.
And, he said, he and Michel enjoyed every single moment of filmmaking along the way.
-- Jasmine Elist
Photo: Thomas Langmann accepts the Darryl F. Zanuck Award during the 23rd annual Producers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills on Saturday. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images