Movie Fact #760 – February 10th, 2015:

In high school, writer director Damien Chazelle was in a “very competitive” jazz band and drew on the experience of “just dread” that he felt in those years to write and direct the 2014 film “Whiplash”. In fact,  he based the conductor, Terence Fletcher (Played by J.K. Simmons), on his former band instructor but “pushed it further” adding in bits of Buddy Rich as well as other notorious band leaders.

In fact, early on Chazelle gave Simmons direction telling him, “I want you to take it past what you think the normal limit would be” telling him “I don’t want to see a human being on-screen anymore. I want to see a monster, a gargoyle, an animal.” Also, many of the band members in the movies were real musicians or music students and Chazelle tried to capture the real moments of terror from them. However, Chazelle noted that in between takes Simmons was “as sweet as can be”. Chazelle credits Simmons for keeping, as he puts it, “the shoot from being nightmarish.”

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