• Andrew Morgan

Writer/Director JONATHAN HENSLEIGH Talks 'The Ice Road', Heroism At A Cost, Practical EFX, & More

On this episode of The NOMCAST - Netflix Original Movie Podcast, we discuss the latest Liam Neeson action thriller 'THE ICE ROAD' with writer/director JONATHAN HENSLEIGH. Hensleigh is one on the most prolific action screenwriters of the last 25 years with such scripts as 'Die Hard With A Vengeance', 'Armageddon', 'The Rock', 'Jumanji', & many others. More recently, he has taken to the director's chair as well from his debut with 'The Punisher' to now with 'The Ice Road'.


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(2:36) How He Chooses His Projects After A Long Career As A Successful Writer & Director

(3:50) His Evolution As A Director & The Process of Writing With Directing In Mind

(5:12) How This Story Came Together & The French Novel That Inspired It

(7:49) "Heroism At A Cost" & Why Stories Like These Persist

(8:35) Liam Neeson's Retirement From Action Films

(9:39) Practical EFX On 'The Ice Road' vs. Driving Shots In Modern Action

(11:15) What Interested Him About Ice Road Trucking As A Backdrop

(13:24) How 'Kill The Irishman's Success On Netflix Got Him Control Of 'The Ice Road'

(14:44) Creating Originality In Action Films

(16:07) What He Learned From The Legendary Action Directors He's Watched Over The Years

(17:56) His Dangerously Inspiring Origin Story From Lawyer to Screenwriter & What Advice He Would Give To Budding Screenwriters

(20:21) His Go-To Films That Inspire His Work

(23:21) "Ain't It Cool" Action Of Today vs. Action That Serves Character & Plot