How Andy Davis Snuck His Socially Conscious Themes Into His Movies — and to Over Billion Dollars at the Box Office
Though he might be best known for his work directing smash-hit action films like The Fugitive (nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture), his themes of social justice always lay just below the surface. Guided by his internal truth-teller informed by his undergraduate journalism background, and his belief in the importance of reflecting society’s realities on-screen was steadfast.
In this episode of Moment 2 Moment, the seminal director breaks down his career, revealing how his style of filmmaking was influenced by the times he grew up in: from his majoring in Journalism to the realities about Vietnam, to marching with Dr. Martin Luther King. Listen in as Andrew also shares unknown nuggets about the impossibly short post-production schedule the studio allotted The Fugitive, and how it was his sister (of all people) that ultimately provided the missing raison d’être the draft of the screenplay so desperately needed.
So sit back, relax, and like Tommy Lee Jones’ quips in his Oscar-winning performance in The Fugitive: “think yourself up a cup of coffee and a chocolate doughnut — with some of those little sprinkles on top”, and get ready to go on a wild ride.
Born in Chicago on November 21, 1946, Andrew Davis was born into an extremely politically aware and active family. Graduating in 1968 with a degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, it’s no surprise that his interests in journalism and social awareness soon combined with his love of filmmaking. Since entering the industry, he has made a name for himself as an incredible director, making well-known films such as The Fugitive, Under Siege, and Holes, and has worked with actors ranging from Harrison Ford and Gene Hackman to Shia LaBeouf and Sigourney Weaver.