Damien Chazelle spilled some “La La Land” set secrets

It must feel incredible to get so many Oscar nominations (14 in total!) at the ripe old age of 32. But, that’s the life that Damien Chazelle, the director of La La Land, is currently living. Chazelle appeared on The Tonight Show to chat about the film a bit more with Jimmy Fallon.

"It's crazy, I mean. It's a little surreal. I've wanted to do movies since I was even younger," Chazelle lightly joked.

Fallon was so impressed with the movie, that he admitted that he totally copied parts of it for the Golden Globes intro. Luckily, Chazelle didn’t seem to mind. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?

And speaking of lucky, we’re very lucky that Chazelle spilled a few on-set secrets. Watch the clip below:


Looking back at Fallon’s intro, Chazelle recalled one very interesting memory from the La La Land shoot.

"When we shot the version in the movie, there was a heat wave. It was the hottest two days of the year. There was a heat advisory before...We were on a freeway ramp in the broiling sun for two days straight...we did about thirty takes," Chazelle said. "They  just did it again and again, and they make it look easy."

Yikes. We can’t even imagine how uncomfortable that must have been. But of course, the dancers totally pulled it off.

Chazelle even noted how the scene with the truck door was actually stalled a bit, since — well — it was broken.

"You're losing light, and you're losing money," Chazelle lamented. "A couple of the crew devised a pulley system with a rope."

We’re so glad that the crew was able to think on their feet. The final product was definitely worth the temporary struggle!

The Oscars will be airing on February 26th. Surely you’ll be able to witness La La Land get even more love during the big event!

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