Washington and Zemeckis take off in ‘Flight’

October 27, 2012 • Entertainment

This film image released by Paramount Pictures shows Bruce Greenwood portraying Charlie Anderson, left, and Denzel Washington portraying Whip Whitaker in a scene from “Flight.” Washington plays an airline pilot who, despite being hung-over, drunk and coked-up, manages to bring down a rapidly deteriorating plane in a daring emergency landing on what should have been a routine flight between Orlando, Fla., and Atlanta. (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Robert Zuckerman)

NEW YORK (AP) — You might think that Robert Zemeckis, having devoted himself to motion-capture animation for the last 12 years, would be thrilled to return to the unpredictability of live-action filmmaking — those moments of serendipity when the elements align for something surprising.

You would be wrong.

“In my whole career I can count it on one hand,” says the director, recalling headaches like having to cart in snow while shooting in Moscow and painting fall foliage in October Vermont. “Every time I’ve ever been in a situation where, for example, it’s ‘Oh my God, look at this sky! Look at this sunset!’ — it’ never there in time. We always missed it. It’s just heartbreaking.”

“Flight” is Zemeckis’ first live-action film since “Cast Away,” after which he, more than any other filmmaker, advanced the technology of performance capture with movies like “Login to read more

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