CG: I would direct work on something, I directed another film, and people would ask me what was next, and I'd say, "I'm going to do 'Lars.'" I just kept believing it long enough that people stopped questioning it. It wasn't how, but when.

That sounds sort of like the Law of Attraction. Have you ever seen the movie or read the book "The Secret"?

CG: I haven't seen it, but my wife likes it. I mean, I can kind of understand the idea of that movie, that you visualize something and then it happens.

RG: I think the Law of Attraction comes from a rich, white, privileged perspective. I just got back from Uganda. I'm working on a movie about child soldiers there. We're lucky to be in America, but I can imagine someone from that culture, in Africa, they wouldn't identify with that.

Did anything from your spiritual background influence you during the making of this film?

CG: I didn't really grow up religious. I guess I grew up atheist.

RG: I grew up Mormon. I wasn't really Mormon, my parents were. My mom was really cool. She said, "This is an option, but this isn't the only option. This is an idea, but this isn’t the only idea. You have to find your own truth." I never really could identify with it.

There's good things about going to church. [Being Mormon] socialized me at a young age. You have to pray in public, shake a lot of hands, talk in public, sing in church, stuff like that. It has definitely stayed with me.