Elliot Kotek in conversation with John Lithgow, Blythe Danner & Noble Jones at the Beyond Cinema Studio
John Lithgow’s 40-plus years in the entertainment industry has him sitting in rarefied air with two Oscar nominations, Grammy nomination and multiple SAG, Golden Globe, Tony & Emmy awards. Choosing whom to partner with Lithgow in this cinematic two-hander, director Noble Jones wisely went with Blythe Danner, herself an acclaimed actress who had landed on the stage as a peer of Lithgow’s, and who’d quickly caught the attention of the public with a Tony Award in one of her first Broadway plays, Butterflies are Free.
At the 2019 Beyond Cinema Studio at the Sundance Film Festival, we sat down for a conversation with Where’s My Roy Cohn director and fellow journalist Matt Tyrnauer (Studio 54; the Oscar-shortlisted Valentino: The Last Emperor).
An origin story, if you will, about how we came to have Donald Trump as the President of these United States, and a look up the food chain from Netflix’s 2017 doc Get Me Roger Stone, Where’s My Roy Cohn is an unbridled, paralyzing portrait of a man who preceded and, perhaps, crafted the careers of Stone and Trump - a man whose life was lived alongside the villainous Joseph McCarthy as that senator persecuted communists and homosexuals during a darker period of this young country’s history.