Ben Stiller hates directing himself

Ben Stiller found it much more enjoyable directing his TV series Escape At Dannemora as he didn’t have to act as well.
After finding success as a comedian, Stiller got his big break in Hollywood directing and starring in the 1994 romantic comedy Reality Bites, and has since appeared in all his directorial projects, including Zoolander and Tropic Thunder.
However, he told U.S. late night host Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday (06Aug19) that making the series, which stars Benicio Del Toro as Richard Matt, a convicted murderer who engineers a jailbreak, was much more pleasurable as he didn’t have to worry about his own performance.
“Everything I’ve directed up until now I’ve been in and it was a relief not to have to deal with me.” Stiller explained. “When you go to edit, and you have to look at yourself… it’s painful.”
The 53-year-old also revealed his excitement at working with Del Toro and his co-star, Patricia Arquette, who plays a prison worker Matt was romantically involved with and aided his escape, saying they are “such good actors”.
The Showtime series, which is based on a real 2015 escape from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, is nominated for 12 Primetime Emmy Awards, and is a favourite to win several prizes at the ceremony next month.
Stiller is nominated for the Directing – Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special prize, Del Toro and Arquette both bagged leading acting in a limited series nods, and Paul Dano, who pays Matt’s co-escapee David Sweat, received supporting actor recognition.