- Director:Barry Levinson
- Writer:Buck Henry,Michal Zebede
- Cast:Al Pacino,Greta Gerwig,Nina Arianda
- Time:1h 52min
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Al Pacino||-||Simon Axler|
|Greta Gerwig||-||Pegeen Mike Stapleford|
|Mary Louise Wilson||-||Mrs. Rutledge|
|Li Jun Li||-||Tracy|
|Kyra Sedgwick||-||Louise Trenner|
|Victor Cruz||-||Security Guard|
|Steve Rosen||-||Stage Manager|
Shot on and off over 20 non-consecutive days.
It was Al Pacino's idea to make the book into a movie, to the point of convincing Barry Levinson to direct it and approaching together Buck Henry to adapt it.
When Simon reads an article about himself in the newspaper, another appears below it with the title "Jacob Minoux, Jazz Legend, Dead At 54". This is fictional.
The restaurant where Simon and Pegeen have lunch was also used in Kohtunik (2014). Both films even feature the same table by the window.
The film is based on the 2009 novel The Humbling by Philip Roth.
The Humbling was screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
Barry Levinson decided to make the movie as a dark comedy, noting, "If you want to talk about an older actor in decline, just to do it as some straight drama didn't seem that intriguing to me" also citing that comedy "seemed to me inherent in the piece".
Although both Al Pacino and Barry Levinson have denied that the character of Simon is autobiographical to Pacino's life, Pacino noted that he related to the material, stating that "it's in, as they say, my wheelhouse."
According to the newspaper article Simon reads about himself (titled "Shakespeare's Spiderman Returns to Broadway in King Lear"), he acted in an Elizabethan drama series by the name of "Red Moon Rising" opposite Marcia Gay Harden.
The Humbling is a 2014 comedy-drama film directed by Barry Levinson and written by Buck Henry and Michal Zebede.
The film was screened in the Out of Competition section of the 71st Venice International Film Festival.
This film was released on January 23, 2015, by Millennium Films.
Although the film in the beginning had ample funding, the listed conditions got too much for Barry Levinson, who backed out and lost by his estimate "somewhere in the area of $6 million." Subsequently it was decided to shoot the film incrementally with several breaks built in to accommodate Al Pacino's schedule.
Al Pacino & Barry Levinson also worked together on You Don't Know Jack (2010) & Paterno (2018).
On February 4, 2014, it was announced that Millennium Films had acquired the worldwide rights to the film.