James Foley on Fifty Shades Darker, directing, and therapy.

A Director Escapes From Movie Jail

A Director Escapes From Movie Jail

Risks and rewards of the creative life.
Sept. 15 2015 2:02 AM

James Foley on Directing, Therapy, and Fifty Shades Darker

The Glengarry Glen Ross director talks about the time he spent in movie jail and how David Fincher helped him get out.

Director James Foley
Director James Foley.

Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker. Photo courtesy of James Foley.

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This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to the newly announced director of Fifty Shades Darker, James Foley. The two discuss the years Foley spent in movie jail and how decades of Freudian analysis helped break him out. Foley also talks about his time on House of Cards and how David Fincher’s trust gave him a second shot in Hollywood. Plus, a few stories from the set of Glengarry Glen Ross and a look ahead at the Fifty Shades sequel.

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Brian Koppelman is a filmmaker (Rounders, Solitary Man), essayist, and podcaster. His latest project is the upcoming Showtime series Billions.