Summer Must List Director Ryan Murphy talks filming 'Eat, Pray, Love' and how it changed him

Eat-Pray-Love-MurphyImage Credit: Francois Duhamel; Inset: David Gabber/PR PhotosGlee co-creator Ryan Murphy is having the best year of his career. His hit Fox series recently finished its blockbuster first season and now his much-anticipated adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love, starring Julia Roberts, is about to hit theaters Aug. 13. Naturally, with these two projects under his belt, how could we not put Murphy on our Summer Must List as a director we love?

But the real reward for Murphy was the intense production of Eat, Pray, Love and how it personally affected him. Says Murphy, “From the day I left to shoot it to the day I was done, there was not one day under 95 degrees. It was just an unrelentingly difficult movie. I got really sick in India. Julia got really sick in India. We both got kind of bad lung infections. But I worked with such great people [over] four continents. I came back and I felt like I had sort of been cleansed of a lot of stuff and ready to start over. And I did and I started over. In the past six months, a lot of good things have happened to me, I think, because I really tried to learn the lesson of what that book and what that movie was. The movie talked back to me. I learned something. I came out of it a different person at the end.”

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  • Louise

    Looking forward to this film.

  • Mike L

    Julia Roberts once again deigning to talk down to us little people making a movie with thios queen.

  • Harry Teebagg

    I love Julia and flingfriendfinder

  • p

    Haven’t read the book, don’t really have a desire to do so, but based on the caliber of talent in front of and behind the camera, and the globe trotting nature of the story, I really can’t wait to see it. If nothing else, it should be a feast for the eyes, but I have a feeling it may be a feast for the soul as well. Glad to see Julia Roberts back, front and center again, and the supporting cast can’t get much better! Richard Jenkins, Viola Davis, James Franco, Billy Crudup and Javier Bardem…perfection.

    • G

      Dont’ bother. It’s not really a globe trotting story. It’s the story of an incredibly self- centered, neurotic woman who thinks she’s miserable trying to find herself by traveling to three places she’s always wanted to go. Oh, and she got paid to do the whole thing. Not Julia Roberts, the actual woman in the story.

  • Ali

    The book was the most self-congratulatory piece of crap I’ve ever read. E. Gilbert is seriously in love with herself.

  • jmcg

    I saw the trailer to this movie and I wasn’t impressed with it. I don’t know if it was just the actual movie or the book behind it.

  • Dominic

    If all you day is Eat, pray and love you’re gonna be unhappy real quick. What about pooping? If you don’t poop then all that food will make you explode. And sleep? Eat, pray, love, poop, sleep, exercise, play Bioshock and Left 4 Dead, once in a while do some gardening – that makes far more sense to me.

    • zack

      very bizarre.

    • Strepsi

      Well, they tried that, but the title “Eat, Pray, $h!t, Love” was taken.

  • Scar2

    I loved this book so much that if they only capture some of its spirit, it’ll be worth it.

  • Carl

    I sure hope this is better than the cliched and often extremely smug unpleasant stuff Murphy recycles on his TV shows. Or Running With Scissors. Unfortunately smug and unpleasant describes most of Julia’s career…

  • Summer

    Read the book. In its three sections, the book got less interesting as it went on. It was an interesting transformation for the woman who wrote it, but there was no balance. I am not surprised it was made into a movie (particularly since Hwood can’t come up with original ideas anymore), but if it was going to see this movie or another about a comic strip, I would probably stay home and watch paint dry.

  • Brett

    Yeah, this one’s going to be this summer’s “Running With Scissors,” no doubt.

  • Kat

    I enjoyed the book, (even though the author’s “problems” were of the rich person variety) but casting Julia Roberts in it has guaranteed that I will skip the film. Can not stand her!

  • Strepsi

    Face it Moe, “fetch” is just not going to happen.

  • Jade

    So glad the Internet has given folks a venue to be absolutely mean and thoughtless. Did any of you wonderful souls consider that the movie wasn’t about the “characters” at all but about you figuring out who the hell you are or what you could be doing with your life in between your rants on message boards? How about a little introspection?

  • DJ

    What is with you and pancake mix, dude?

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