In early April, we learned that Ethan Coen (of “Coen Brothers” fame) was making his own solo moviehis very first after a very long and successful career working with his brother (who made his own solo debut last year with The tragedy of Macbeth). Now Ethan Coen’s solo film, a documentary titled Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble In Mind– premieres at Cannes, seemingly cementing his newfound status as a lonely filmmaker who doesn’t need his brother.
Although, based on an interview Coen gave with Deadline, looks like he wouldn’t mind having his brother around. Much of the interview is based on the fact that Jerry Lee Lewis married his teenage cousin, which Coen at least tries to contextualize without necessarily excusing it (he notes that Lewis was “the original undone person”, but he brings up his relationship with his brother at the end when talking about what it was like to edit the film without him.
Instead, he worked with editor Tricia Cooke, his wife, which he says is “different from doing it with Joel.” He said Deadline that there were “many times” where problems arose and he was “stuck”, saying, “I would think, ‘Joel would have an idea of what to do here’, so where is- he fucking?” Coen says he and Cooke have “one more on the way,” but he thinks “something is going to happen” for him and his brother. “It’s pretty awesome not having a plan,” he said, “and so that plan doesn’t prevent anything.”
Coen also hinted at a potential reason for his split from his brother, saying they’d always finish a movie and immediately think about the next one, but now they’re both “more relaxed” and happier to “take it all in.” what comes”. .” So he seems very confident that he and his brother will ride together again one day.