Warren Beatty transitions to the legendary Howard Hughes, but he doesn’t call it a factual story. “When you take a person that did actually live and you take his name, you take all kinds of liberties with chronologies and various things. And so, it becomes a fiction,” said Beatty, who is the writer and director for the film, which releases on Wednesday.

“It was that way with Clyde Barrow in ‘Bonnie and Clyde,’ and Bugsy Siegel in ‘Bugsy,’ or John Reed in ‘Reds,'” he added, listing off his other famed leading-man portrayals of real-life figures. Rather than producing a run-of-the-mill retelling of the eccentric billionaire’s life, Beatty sought to explore his story by examining his wealth and power in the context of a six-year period, from 1958 to 1964. “It was an interesting vantage point to take a look at American sexual puritanism of the late ’50s and early ’60s, when the rise of feminism really was great, and what we have often referred to as the sexual revolution of the 1960s,” Beatty said.

“Rules Don’t Apply” investigates the growing sentiment between residential community lovely lady, lyricist, trying performing artist and dedicated Baptist Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins) and her yearning driver Frank Forbes (Alden Ehrenreich), a Methodist who is engaged with his school sweetheart. Both work for Hughes, who has prohibited sentimental connections among his workers. Notwithstanding tending to their expanding affections for each other in the sexually and socially curbed ’50s, both Marla and Frank are likewise trying to leave a solid impression and make proficient and individual advances with their antisocial supervisor.

The legendary actor continues, “I’ve always been kind of amused by Howard Hughes. The predicament that people would have in being involved with him, working for him, knowing him.” The who’s who of acting cast includes acclaimed actress and Beatty’s wife, Annette Bening, playing Marla’s mother Lucy; Hughes Company senior driver Levar Mathis is played by Matthew Broderick; Alec Baldwin as Bob Maheu, a real-life businessman; and Candice Bergen plays Hughes’s secretary, Nadine.