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