Molina has been praised for his portrayal of the caustic American film maker. Murphy talked about what Molina brought to the role.
"We wanted to be respectful of Aldrich," said Murphy. "Many of his children are still alive and grew up in the business so I looked at Robert Aldrich as sort of the unsung hero in the piece. Alfred Molina is so good at playing him as a dignified person. He just wants to stay in the game, he doesn't want to be put out to pasture. He doesn't feel like his time is over, he still feels there is greatness inside of him like Davis and Crawford felt. So he was a victim of that and we tried to dramatize that. Davis herself told me how fond she was of him, how much she really loved working with him and how he really did sort of have his hands full directing the two of them. In her opinion and everybody else's, he handled himself with a great deal of patience and dignity."
Murphy also talked about the physical size of Molina compared to his co-stars.
"Everyone is small compared to Fred and that's the interesting thing that I also wanted to convey," said Murphy. "When you do see the grand, scrappy Bette Davis next to big, tall Robert, I think you do get a sense of how she must have felt, constantly going through the world having to fight things that were larger than her, bigger than her."