“Hollywood is the kind of place that takes what you do well in one thing and manufactures it so the joy can be taken out of it.” – Josh Gad
American actor Josh Gad has become for his stints as hilarious supporting characters like Olaf in Disney’s blockbuster animated franchise Frozen and LeFou in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. He is also known for playing Elder Arnold Cunningham in the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon which is made by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of the iconic show South Park, and for which Gad received a Tony Award nomination.
Earlier this year, Gad spoke about the impact that COVID-19 has had on the film industry, stating: “Well, nobody is a bigger fan of the moviegoing experience than me. I love sitting in a dark theatre with an audience and going on an emotional roller coaster, sharing those laughs, sharing those gasps, all of it. Unfortunately, we find ourselves in an unprecedented moment where going to a theatre means potentially risking your health.”
He added, “And that”s not a reality that any of us could have imagined. I do know that one day, we are all going to be able to go to the cinema again. And I can’t wait for that day…You know, now more than ever, we need escapism. We need entertainment. We need a chance to not think about the craziness that we are surrounded by.”
Ahead of the release of Disney’s adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl, Gad shared his list of five favourite films of all time with Rotten Tomatoes but he prefaced it by saying, “I have my five favourite movies to watch of all time, which are Back to the Future, The Goonies, Groundhog Day, The Wizard of Oz, and probably Ratatouille…Those are the five movies that I watch over and over again.”
The films in the list are the ones that changed his understanding of cinema, “These are the movies that I think really gave me a perspective on what cinema can be.”
See the full list, below.
Josh Gad’s 5 favourite films:
- There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson – 2007)
- Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino – 1994)
- The Wizard Of Oz (Victor Fleming – 1939)
- The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola – 1972)
- Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean – 1962)
While speaking about Lawrence of Arabia, Gad said, “It’s haunting. It’s absolutely crazy to think that it came out when it came out, and that it takes the kind of risks it takes with its lead character. It was so unbelievably complicated and not easily digestible in terms of some of the choices that are made. And the complexities of his character are stripped away in real time, against the backdrop of some of the most incredible cinematography to ever be captured on a lens.”