Honoring the master of the movie poster
It takes a special talent to bring together the likes of Harrison Ford, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Michael J. Fox.
That talent is Drew Struzan, a name most people likely don’t know. But there’s a good chance you know his work.
Struzan, 66, is perhaps the finest painter of movie posters ever, and his resume speaks for itself. To name a few: All of the “Star Wars,” “Back to the Future” and “Indiana Jones” movies.
The artist is the focus of the new documentary, “Drew: The Man Behind the Poster,” which is playing at Cinema Village from tomorrow through next Thursday.
amNY spoke with Struzan about the film.
How did it feel to have all these famous folks honor you?
Some of them I’d knew and had met and worked with, and some of them just kind of lined up. I had never met Harrison Ford, which people find hard to believe since I had drawn him so much. ... I was surprised that people were so kind.
What were your emotions after seeing the documentary?
My emotions? I guess the word is pleased. I was relieved to realize that I wasn’t just painting in the dark and people had seen it and liked it and understood it. It’s kind of a neat revelation for me.
Did you do the film’s poster?
I thought it would be kind of weird for me to do a poster for a movie about me. ... So what I did was I asked my son if he’d like to do it because he’s in the business and he knows art and knows his dad.
Are you doing the posters for the next “Star Wars” movies?
They haven’t asked yet. And I think it’s a little early to be asking. You’ve got to make a movie before I know what to do with it. If [director] J.J. [Abrams] calls, it’s going to be very difficult for a guy who thinks he’s retired to say no.