Barry Sonnenfeld has directed all three Men In Black movies, The Addams Family, Get Shorty and one of the worst movies of all time, Wild Wild West – and he did it all from a saddle.
Apparently this is common knowledge, at least to people in the industry and anyone who happened to read the various other articles about this.
I mean, the third accompanying word that comes on Google when you type in “Barry Sonnenfeld” is “saddle.”
I just learned about it from watching an interview with Alice Eve on Attack Of The Show, who said, “He’s a cowboy so he wears cowboy outfits, and he sits on a saddle for his back that’s on little wheels and he wheels around and gives you direction.”
“You get used to it eventually…then one day for his birthday [Josh] Brolin got him for his birthday one of those, you know in FAO Schwarz there are those huge horses? So like they wheel in this huge horse and he sat next to the horse all day and gave direction.”
When asked how long it took to acclimate to that, she compared it to being a child on a plane and not understanding the mechanics or science of it, but accepting it.
“You know when you’re a kid and you’re like ‘that’s so weird I just came into another place and I’m now in America and all I did is sit on a plane, but I’ll just get on with it?’ It’s like that, you know?”