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Overview (2)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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

Trivia (17)

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.
Graduated in same high school class with actor/director Charles Herman-Wurmfeld.
Lives in Tribeca area of Manhattan, New York City.
His father, Arthur L. Liman, was one of the prosecutors in the Iran-Contra Affair (in The Bourne Identity (2002), Liman portrays a likewise agency within agency...).
Got to read the script for Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) for the first time on the set of The Bourne Identity (2002), but rejected it. Brad Pitt then gave it to him for a second time after Liman had finished The Bourne Identity (2002).
In one of 105 people invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science (AMPAS) in 2008.
Serves on the boards of the Legal Action Center (LAC) and Symphony Space.
Is actively involved in the Arthur L. Liman undergraduate fellowship program.
Cousin of John Hamburg.
During Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Emily Blunt took Liman and Tom Cruise out for karaoke one night; she terrified Liman by getting to see her in that different light.
Liman felt he had to keep up with Tom Cruise all throughout filming Edge of Tomorrow (2014).
Tom Cruise did all his own stunts on Edge of Tomorrow (2014); Doug Liman felt he could make an amazing career out of it.
He wanted to do Edge of Tomorrow (2014) because it showed a role Tom Cruise hadn't done yet; someone very bad at what they do.
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.
[people turning up for a wet film premiere of Edge of Tomorrow (2014) at 5am] It's a testament to Tom Cruise's star power.
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]

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