Once again, we take a giddy whirl around the current interview circuit:
We saw "Sunshine" last week and liked it lots, though after all the film’s advance billing in the UK press as a return to the metaphysical sci-fi of the 70s we went prepared for all kinds of indulgent pseudo-philosophical wankery and were vaguely disappointed to find it about as grounded as an entirely space-bound film can be. In the LA Times, Danny Boyle discusses the film with John Horn:
"My problem with science fiction is when you try to invent too much," Boyle said. "A phone looks like a banana and not a phone, and that doesn’t make any sense. You don’t have to have everything reinvented. Look around today. You can have an iPod on a Victorian desk."
"You see," he says, tapping another cigarette from the packet. "I feel I have a political duty to reach out to the general public. I want to make films that the people want to see. So if the people want to see Johnny Depp or Tom Cruise, then it is really my job to incorporate them into my films."
She has a son, Arthur, now in his thirties. Has he seen it? "He fell asleep. He thought it very boring." Your mother? "She saw the film when it came on television. She said: ‘If they are showing it on television it can’t be that bad.’ And then she saw it and said: ‘Is that all?’ I said: ‘Mother, have you been imagining the worst for 20 years?’ "
Where’s your head at?
Well, infamously, I’ve been losing it on YouTube with David O Russell. All I can say is we’re quite friendly. I would work with him again in a minute. I’m sure he regrets his behaviour as I regret mine. I agree with what Dustin Hoffman said about him, that his style was like Jackson Pollock except he was throwing us at the canvas instead of paint. We didn’t quite know how we were going to splatter but we figured it would be interesting.
â€œThat role made me think that Iâ€™d be shameless as a woman!â€ he laughs, plucking a cookie from a dish. â€œAnd I learnt a lot about women â€“ they have a lot of power! Everyone knew I was underneath that outfit, but they forgot; Iâ€™d have crew guys saying, â€˜Do you mind if I touch you there?â€™ â€
And Steve Zahn, who’s unexpectedly good in "Rescue Dawn" (though he fails to outskinny Christian Bale or the even more impressively skeletal Jeremy Davies), chats with the Onion AV Club‘s Nathan Rabin:
I was like, "I have to meet Werner. I have to meet him. I love Werner, and I have to be in this. I don’t know what I’m going to do, I’m so nervous." I met him, went to his house, he cooked me steak. I was just fully prepared to give him the speech about being in comedies and how my other experience was in theater, and he didn’t care. Which was great.
+ Danny Boyle feels the heat with ‘Sunshine’ (LA Times)
+ The man with two brains (Guardian)
+ Interview: Sylvia Kristel, the world’s most famous porn star (Independent)
+ Is this it? (Guardian)
+ Travolta as you’ve never seen him before (London Times)
+ Random Roles: Steve Zahn (AV Club)