There are many things that can draw a filmmaker to a project. It could be a great script or the chance to work with a talented actor. In the case of Ang Lee and "Life of Pi," it was fear.
In this clip from the Envelope Directors Roundtable moderated by the Times' John Horn, Lee and five fellow top directors -- Tom Hooper ("Les Miserables"), Ben Affleck ("Argo"), Sacha Gervasi ("Hitchcock"), David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook") and Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty") -- discuss how the challenges of their work inspire and drive them.
Lee admits being attracted to "Pi's" artistic and technical demands and said, "Fear is our strongest emotion. Not even love -- fear is the No. 1 thing that tends to make us do the best thing. I don't think we're looking for the fall, but we just want to go to the edge."