“A movie is only as long as it feels,” says Michael McCusker, in his editing suite on the Fox lot. “I’ve been into 88-minute movies and they’ve felt like a lifetime. But I can sit down and watch Once Upon A Time In America, which is three hours and 45 minutes, and it’s not long enough.”
McCusker is rapidly approaching the finish line, a “few more tweaks” away from completing a project he is proud to be a part of. And he describes the appeal of working with Mangold simply: “I don’t know any other guys out there who have pretty much worked in every genre. In the time I’ve worked with Jim, I’ve cut a Western, a rom-com, a post-superhero movie and a racing movie.