Chris Eigeman is interviewed by Steve Cooper for the Cooper Talk podcast.
Taylor Nichols (who is in every Stillman film, except L&F) was recently interviewed by Coming Soon. There is a really funny quote about Metropolitan in there that could have been said by Nick Smith himself (actually said by Chris Eigeman).
CS Interview: Taylor Nichols on 1BR, Whit Stillman, Congo & More! Max Evry for Coming Soon, (October 17, 2019)
On someday working on a movie with Chris Eigeman and Whit Stillman again…
Whit at one point had talked about doing a Western with the two of us. I don’t know whatever happened to that.
On “Metropolitan” (1990)…
And I can remember Chris Eigeman even saying, ‘No one’s ever going to see this movie except my mom.’ And it turned out to be the opposite.”
On “Barcelona” (1994)…
“I loved doing those projects and Whit was really supportive and he cast Chris and me right away for the next movie, for ‘Barcelona.’ And again, I did the same thing again. I didn’t know anything about Spain. I didn’t know anything about foreign sales. I read those books by Dale Carnegie and all of that stuff. Being the lead was scary, but I would argue a little bit that it is still an ensemble film with Mira Sorvino and with Tushka Bergen and all of that. We certainly saw it that way. Other people may have seen it as just Chris and my’s movie, but I think Chris and I really saw it as a foursome. Even with some of the Spanish actors, that it was an ensemble. I just saw it recently. There was a 25th anniversary screening that the American Cinematheque did. The movie holds up. It’s funny. The audience really seemed to respond to it. And I think for a long time, I was a little bit insecure about my work in the film. But seeing it 25 years later, I was like, ah, you know, don’t be so hard on yourself.”
Here’s a vintage clip of Chris Eigeman promoting The Last Days of Disco. It’s a great watch as Eigeman always gives funny and engaging interviews. J-Lo precedes him. Eigeman states that Whit Stillman was under pressure not to use him, because it wouldn’t match up with his character in Barcelona (since all three films are trilogy). Eigeman even states that he was helping audition actors to play his part, but ultimately they couldn’t find anyone to replace him.
Whit Stillman’s The Last Days of Disco is on Showtime on demand.