…I ask him to draw a portrait of himself, seeing as he seems to have been doing it all his life. Yet he literally jumps backwards into the couch and draws his legs underneath him, as if trying to disappear his ebony figure into the ivory upholstery: "No, no, no, nooooooo. That’s the thing, people say…" he starts nervously, before giving it up and trying again. "Like, I know that people say Scissorhands is slightly biographical but if I think about it too closely I get freaked out. It’s weird; I need to feel connected but also distanced. That’s why I don’t write a lot."
Also in the Guardian, from a while ago, Jon Henley talks to Luc Besson about his side project as a best-selling children’s author. Yes. So far, only the first of his books, "Arthur and the Minimoys," is available in English, but in France, he’s up to number four. They’re about a 10-year-old boy who discovers a magical world of really small people something somethingerother. Anyway, there’s a film in the works.
And Roger Clarke in the Independent looks at how Jennifer Tilly has become the latest actor to turn her attention to poker, now that the on-screen career’s not looking as promising as it once did. She recently won The World Series of Poker’s No Limits Texas Hold ‘Em Ladies Event at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, and has been keeping company with poker pro Phil Laak.