Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Veteran Producer Shares Tales from Life of Films; Mike Hausman Worked on 'The Firm,' Locally Filmed 'Recount,' Many Others

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Veteran Producer Shares Tales from Life of Films; Mike Hausman Worked on 'The Firm,' Locally Filmed 'Recount,' Many Others

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Byline: Charlie Patton

In a classroom at the Art Institute of Jacksonville, a series of film clips from some of the more iconic movies of the last four decades flickered across a screen, interrupted frequently by another story from Mike Hausman.

Hausman, a long-time producer and executive producer, talked Friday about working as executive producer on 2002's "Gangs of New York," director Martin Scorsese's look at New York City's mid-19th century gang wars. The movie starred Daniel Day-Lewis, known for his intense immersion in a role, as gang leader Bill "the Butcher" Cutting.

"I never talked to Daniel," Hausman said. "I only got to know Bill the Butcher."

Another actor determined to stay in character with whom Hausman worked was Jim Carrey. During 1999's "Man on the Moon," Carrey played both the irritatingly child-like Andy Kaufman and Kaufman's alter ego, the gratingly crude Tony Clifton.

One day, in character as Clifton, Carrey drove on the set, parked next to Danny DeVito's trailer, making it impossible to open the trailer door, pocketed the keys and headed to makeup, Hausman remembered. With DeVito unable to leave the trailer, Hausman was summoned.

"Hey Tony, give me the keys," Hausman remembered saying.

Clifton/Carrey grunted and shook his head. Hausman had to contact studio security and get the vehicle towed to free DeVito.

After editing was completed on the 2005 movie "Brokeback Mountain," which starred Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as cowboys who become lovers, Hausman recalled the first screening of the finished movie for Gyllenhaal.

"At the end of making every movie, you have to show the movie to the actors because you need their help with marketing," he said. "... But it's hard for actors to be objective about their own work, so it's all very subjective. I don't like to be in those screenings. …

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