It has been 18 years since the Oscar-winning director last stepped behind the camera with Bulworth, and even longer since he first flirted with making a film that involved eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes.
“I never lost my curiosity about him,” says Beatty, 79. “It’s just that I don’t run around doing movies all the time.”
You don’t say. Beatty’s epic hiatus will finally end on Nov. 11, when 20th Century Fox releases Rules Don’t Apply – an unconventional love story set in 1958 Hollywood that Beatty also wrote, produced and acts in.
The film stars Lily Collins (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) as a religiously devout actress and Alden Ehrenreich (the new Han Solo) as her equally conservative driver, both of whom work for Beatty’s Hughes, who forbids entanglements between the employees.
Beatty wants to make it clear that the young lovers are the focal point of the story (“This ain’t a biopic about Howard Hughes”) and that’s it’s a comedy (“It has some good laughs in it”). Then again, how could it not with a cast that also includes Alec Baldwin, Matthew Broderick, Candice Bergen, Steve Coogan and Beatty’s wife, Annette Bening?
Rules Don’t Apply is out in theaters on Nov. 11.