Will Lawrence at the Telegraph sits down with director Guy Ritchie at The Punchbowl, the pub he and Madonna purchased earlier this year, where Ritchie tries to be optimistic in the face of the fact that his new film “RocknRolla” might not get much of a marketing push, the dismal reception his last films received and, surely, the season’s rumors of marital strife and baseball-related cuckolding. On “RocknRolla,” and how “Revolver” was, apparently, too smart for its own good:
“This will be much more popular than Revolver. It’s simpler and it’s fun. After Revolver, I’m not sure that everything needs to be an analysis of the deeper motivation as to why we get up in the morning.
“The majority of times I go to the cinema, I want a bit of everything. I want to be challenged intellectually, and then again I don’t want to be too challenged intellectually.”
He seems to be feeling a bit better when he sits down to a drink with the Sun‘s Gordon Smart, and tells him he has sequels ready to go: “I’m really proud of the film – I’ve written a second and sketched out a third. If RocknRolla goes well we’ll be back for another.”
[Photo: Gerard Butler in “RocknRolla,” Warner Bros. Pictures, 2008]