Iconic director M. Night Shyamalan uses bathroom breaks when testing his movies to see if they are going to be a success.
There is no question that M. Night Shyamalan is one of the most unique directors around, producing a multitude of fascinating and quirky thrillers with unconventional twists and turns.
Shyamalan’s unique approach to directing also extends to how he tests his films before release. The director has revealed in a recent interview on Late Night with Seth Myers that bathroom breaks play a big role:
“You screen the first cut of the movie, and it’s really long. It has like, everything in it. It’s not paced correctly. And about 50 people will go to the bathroom during the screening of the movie. They’ll just get up and go at some point in the movie. And as you make the movie and you keep on doing it, then 30 people go to the bathroom. And the time next it’s 20 people, and then 10 people, then four people. And then the last cut of the movie when it’s ready to go out, its two people and they’re running, and they’re backwards watching the screen as they go to the bathroom. And what’s really interesting is that you stop thinking about yourself when you’re completely connected to the movie. And like 500 people forget they needed to go to the bathroom.”
What do you think of this approach? How many times did you need the bathroom for the director’s last film Glass? Let us know in the comments below and on Twitter @flickeringmyth…