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‘American Sniper’ Editor Joel Cox Talks Eastwood’s Quickslinging Directorial Style

In the below interview with Variety, American Sniper editors Joel Cox and Gary Roach discuss the tight schedule and workflow for the Oscar-nominated film.

Says Cox about working with director Clint Eastwood, “I understand his style of directing. Years ago when he gave me the full reins to be his editor…he says, ‘I got one piece of advice. First instinct. Don’t second guess yourself. That’s how I direct…I just want to keep the actors fresh and I don’t want [them to] burn [out]. I’m an actor first.'”

Watch below.