Doug Liman was born on July 24, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Swingers (1996) and Fair Game (2010).
Trade Mark (4)
Prevalent use of Steadicam shots
Use of humor in unusual settings
Use of characters doubling as spies or agents
Frequently casts Tom Cruise
Attended and graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island (1988).
Attended and graduated from USC School of Cinema-Television (1992).
Originally did not want to cast Scott Wolf in Go (1999) because Katie Holmes was already in the movie, and he did not want the movie to star two television actors. However, he saw him talking in a hallway with Jay Mohr and realized that the chemistry between the two would be good in the movie.
As of 2001, Vice Chairman of the production company HYPNOTIC.
He liked Edge of Tomorrow (2014) because he got to reshoot the same scenes until he got them right, a result of the film being set in a time warp.
Personal Quotes (8)
The movie I end up with is the movie I aspired to make.
I don't really analyze my process. I do know that if it's not right, I won't move on. I'm tenacious to a fault about that.
[on Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow (2014)] Tom innately understands that audiences come to the theatre not to watch a god but to see a good movie, and he will do everything in his power to make the film as great as possible. Nobody takes the trust of the audience more sacredly than him. When I'm working on a film, I think about how it will play with a tiny audience of friends whose opinions I respect, basically a 40-bloc radius from my apartment in Manhattan. Tom is thinking how it will play with the entire planet Earth.
[on Tom Cruise] People forget that behind the celebrity, he's a brilliant actor who's been in some of our favorite movies. He's extraordinarily talented and his range is incredible.
Paris is very close to my heart. It's the most beautiful city in the world, but on Edge of Tomorrow (2014) I got to showcase it in a completely different light.
Edge of Tomorrow (2014) was such an ambitious movie and a personal one. It was a labor of love for us all.
[on the struggle around the title of Edge of Tomorrow (2014)] So the book was called "All You Need Is Kill". Japanese. I was making a comedy - an action comedy, and "All You Need Is Kill" didn't feel like it was the tone of the movie I had made. The studio wanted to call it "Edge Of Tomorrow", and I wanted to call it "Live Die Repeat". I fought vehemently and lost. And then when the film came out and people loved it but the box-office wasn't as good as it should have been, I really railed into the executive at Warner Bros who'd insisted that "Edge Of Tomorrow" was the better title. (...) I was like, 'It clearly is not. You were wrong.' I committed the cardinal sin of telling somebody in Hollywood when they're wrong, like, literally - I ended up having to call the person and apologize for pointing out that they were wrong. And they started titling it the title I always thought it should have, which is "Live Die Repeat". But they tiptoed around it, and when we make the sequel, it'll be permanently titled "Live Die Repeat". The sequel will be Live Die Repeat and Repeat. [Aug.2017]