Jennifer Garner remembers late director Gary Winick

Gary-WinickImage Credit: Everett CollectionGary Winick was an independent filmmaker who was at the forefront of the movement to make movies using low-budget digital video. He was also a Hollywood director who made films like Letters to Juliet, Charlotte’s Web, and the overlooked gem 13 Going on 30 (the age-swapping romcom which earned an A- from EW critic Owen Gleiberman.) Winick passed away over the weekend due to undisclosed causes. EW caught up with 13 Going on 30 star Jennifer Garner, who talked about what it was like to work with Winick:

“Gary and I had the most successful collaboration possible,” said Garner. “I don’t mean success in terms of box office, or from anyone else’s point of view other than my own. I left it better at what I do. He was one of the most inclusive people you could ever meet, and I was energized by our creative mess together everyday. From then on, there wasn’t a single project that I didn’t try to do with him. We had scripts written together, we developed things together. It was an ongoing and unfinished collaboration. We had several ‘next’ movies that we were about to do. We just didn’t get them done quickly enough.

“I think everybody who was a friend of Gary’s considered him one of their best friends. He had a hundred best friends. He just was unafraid of being intimate. And that spilled over into his directing. His whole company, InDigEnt, was based on trying to find a way to fold everyone in, being 100 percent invested in the movie, because they were going to profit from it if the movie was successful.

“Even in a frothy romantic comedy, he found what was really human about a scene, or about a character, or about a moment. That’s not always easy or pretty. [While filming 13 Going on 30], he wasn’t afraid to bring the writer in and change the words completely and start again. So it was messy, but I loved every minute of it. I really, really loved him.”

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  • Kalie

    How sad. It looks like he was very young. I’m not a fan of romantic comedies, but I really enjoy “13 Going on 30″. It’s a really cute, fun movie.

    • BB

      Me too. Jennifer Garner was amazing in it. 13-30 is one of my most fav films of all times

  • Watcher

    Jennifer Garner is one class act and needs to be a movie where she can shine!

    • ann

      While that may be true, this article is not about Jennifer Garner. It is about the death of Gary Winick. He will be missed.

      • sherimoonzombie

        Hmmm, funny that. Her name is the first word of the title.

      • ann

        that’s true- but this article is not about her and what movies she should be in. it’s her remembering a friend who passed.

    • Jacob

      In other words, she needs another Juno. Or the never-gonna-happen Alias movie.

  • CTikka

    He was very talented; so sad. My prayers go to his family and friends.

  • Jacob

    Really sad news.

  • Annie

    It was brain cancer, right? I didn’t know that was a secret. And let’s keep it on topic – this ain’t about Garner, it’s a tribute to Winick, who was a highly talented man.

  • Bettsie Greene

    Please except my condoleneces for Gary Winick a talented person. We will miss you. R.I.P.

  • Leesa

    They make it sound as if “13 Going On 30″ flopped. I thought it did pretty well, performing at the higher range for a rom-com…?

  • Le HIROSHI

    RIP, Mr. Winick.

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    (I did get to watch “13 Going on 30”. It was fun.)

  • akri

    How sad..another young death..life is precious people..we always forget and think we’re gonna live forever..cherish your loved ones and live like there’s no tomorrow..because one day..there won’t be.

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