Celebs.com’s Elliot Kotek was in Seattle at the Seattle International Film Festival where director William “Billy” Friedkin (“The Exorcist,” “The French Connection,” “To Live and Die in L.A.”) was honored with a lifetime achievement award, followed by a screening of his latest flick “Killer Joe,” starring Matthew McConaughey, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon and “Into the Wild” star Emile Hirsch.
Hirsch was on hand to introduce his director/friend, and Friedkin didn’t disappoint, delivering over an hour of what was, essentially, stand-up comedy filled with anecdotes about the films he’s made and the people he’s worked with. Who knew Friedkin was so hilarious???
At 76, Friedkin has seen his share of the spotlight, becoming one of the youngest, if not the youngest director to win an Academy Award when “The French Connection” picked up multiple awards. His new film “Killer Joe” which screened at the Venice Film Festival and at Austin’s SxSW is sure to create conversation, being released by LD Entertainment with an NC-17 rating. Check out what the director had to say to Celebs.com about the ratings board, swearing and other issues below, followed by a quick bonus chat with Emile Hirsch.