Q&A: Billy Crystal on Oscars and ‘diminutive powerhouse’ movie

NEW YORK (AP) — After internet hosting the Oscars nine times, Billy Crystal wouldn’t essentially rule out a tenth. Nevertheless the 72-year-worn actor would purchase some wider attention for his low-funds indie movie, “Standing Up, Falling Down.” Even presumably a longshot Academy Awards nomination.

“If it took place, it may possibly perchance possibly presumably be phenomenal. I’m in actuality extremely joyful honest to be within the dialogue and no longer for, ‘Howdy, would you host again?’” Crystal acknowledged.

Within the movie, launched in February 2020, Crystal plays an alcoholic dermatologist who befriends a down-on-his-excellent fortune comic, completed by Ben Schwartz. Crystal also serves as executive producer on the movie, shot in his childhood homeland of Long Shoreline, Unique York. A key scene takes situation within the temple the place he was as soon as married in 1970.

After starring in polished Hollywood classics adore “Metropolis Slickers” and “When Harry Met Sally,” Crystal jokes that his latest project was as soon as a diminutive extra scaled down. “My personality, Marty, with out a closing title, that’s how itsy-bitsy the funds was as soon as. We couldn’t even come up with the money for a closing title for him,” he acknowledged.

The Emmy-successful actor spoke with The Related Press over Zoom to issue about his roots, his history internet hosting the Oscars, and returning to his homeland for a movie shoot.

Feedback were edited for clarity and brevity.


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AP: Did being support in Long Shoreline for “Standing Up, Falling Down” raise support childhood memories?

CRYSTAL: Sometime after I was as soon as within the make-up chair for the movie, and I’m sitting in a makeshift diminutive role that we had on story of there was as soon as no dressing rooms, there’s no question we changed within the automobile. We changed within the restroom if we had been shooting at a restaurant or bar. And I’m sitting there striking the stuff on my face and the scent of the make-up and the powder was as soon as precisely the identical as I receive in mind in third grade for the college play. And (I receive in mind) how excited I was as soon as that the americans had been obtainable and that there was as soon as an audience, , on the numerous aspect of that curtain. I honest couldn’t wait to fetch obtainable. I’ve been on that hook since I was as soon as a teen.

AP: Your efficiency is being lauded. With awards season coming up, is that something you’ve judicious?

CRYSTAL: I receive to admit, it’s very nice to honest be within the dialog and talked about. Whether that occurs or no longer is this sort of long shot. Nevertheless it’s very excellent-attempting, I receive to declare. I honest in actuality need americans to behold the movie on story of the movie’s comparatively powerhouse that had no funds for publicity.

AP: You’ve done so grand in your profession, from standup and huge motion photos to directing and Broadway. When did right here’s what you wanted to achieve?

CRYSTAL: When I was as soon as 4 or 5, I got up in entrance of the family with my two brothers and we would possibly memorize Carl Reiner and Sid Caesar and Howie Morris routines after which attain them. We didn’t specialise in we had been stealing. We didn’t know. We honest loved them so grand. And to boot they had been such an impact on us. Then I would upward thrust up and attain my beget stuff and imitate the family contributors on story of their accents had been attention-grabbing. The characters had been so worthy. These Jap European and Russian family contributors that we had with worthy faces and sounds. And to boot they had been joyous and so they loved to giggle and so they luxuriate in to be entertained. And I loved exciting them. And I honest continued that.

AP: Did your early penchant for exciting abet consequence in internet hosting so many Oscars exhibits?

CRYSTAL: In fact, I didn’t feel that grand varied, besides the enviornment is observing. From the time I started, you in actuality receive to deserve to be up there and you in actuality receive to deserve to be that guy or that particular person to host the mark.

I assign my beget label on it. And that was as soon as fun. I imply, I had a appropriate time and I wanted to take a seat down support them to boot. And it was as soon as a step up on story of I’m at that point after I started in 1990 now, I imply, “Harry and Sally” (had) honest arrive out and before that “Throw Momma from the Prepare.” I had earned my space that I was as soon as now a member of the movie industry, . So, after I walked obtainable, I had extra cred as a member of the community. I relished that and I was as soon as ready to scramble fun at it, but appreciate it at the identical time. Those first years of doing the mark had been splendidly thrilling and excellent-attempting.

AP: This year the Oscars will possibly no longer receive an audience. Last year, it didn’t receive a number. What are you looking ahead to?

CRYSTAL: Yeah, it’s very difficult now. I believed that they did a extremely appropriate job with the digital Emmys. Jimmy Kimmel did a lustrous job. It’s honest so abominable, the situation that we’re in. So any roughly leisure that we can raise to americans to ease their anxiety is in actuality primary. So I specialise in that if the mark can salvage one arrangement to achieve it and attain it well and in actuality celebrate the work allotment of it and the leisure allotment of it, it’s OK. Nevertheless I specialise in one amongst the years I hosted, we had been in a gross recession and the economic system was as soon as shocking. And I acknowledged, “Here’s this what we deserve to behold, millionaires giving every varied gold statues.” So, I specialise in we receive now got to in actuality salvage the ideal design to achieve it.

AP: Within the occasion that they asked you, would you ever attain it again?

CRYSTAL: Oh, I know you had been going to — as soon as we got there, it got comparatively chilly in right here. I don’t know. I don’t know. We’ll receive to behold. I don’t know. I don’t know if they would quiz me. That may possibly presumably be a tricky, difficult ingredient to receive in mind, but we’ll gaze.


This memoir corrects the free up date of “Standing Up, Falling Down.”′ The movie was as soon as launched in February 2020, no longer April.

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