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LIVE 24-SEVEN


people don’t do that anymore. It’s straight out of a 1940s movie. And when the creature is sat at the dinner table, peeling eggs, and Elisa has this vision of them dancing together… I haven’t liked a movie this much in a long time. I would do as many of Guillermo’s movies as he wants me to do.


How quickly did the relationship evolve with Sally? We are dear friends, and we became dear friends very, very quickly. It was fun. It was nothing but fun, and sweet, and dear. I can’t imagine anybody else playing that part. And that’s true across the board.


You have a director, too, who trusts the performance long enough to keep the camera running. If the camera doesn’t see it then nobody sees it, and Guillermo knows when to leave and when to come back. That’s so important, because if you leave too early you don’t see what’s going on. And if you leave too late, you’ve figured it all out. It’s a little easier with dialogue to know when the camera should come and go.


Guillermo del Toro wrote the part of Giles with you in mind. What was your first reaction? His was a world that I wasn't that familiar with. I had seen Pan’s Labyrinth, of course. He sent me an email and said, "Read this script. I'd like you to do Giles." I flipped for it. I really loved the script, loved the part, and didn't know what to expect from Guillermo, didn't know what he was like, who he was. I knew who he was, but didn't know what he was like.


But the script was like stepping back in time. It’s set in 1962, but it almost feels to me like it's a film made in the '40s; maybe late '30s, early '40s. The feel on the set, the sets themselves, the look of them, it was a kind of heightened reality. It was incredible. Yet, there's nothing old fashioned about it. It's not that. It's the feeling of one of the great masters. I don’t know how he did it. Frank Capra; that’s who I thought of when I first watched it. It’s Frank Capra does a genre movie.


And it’s not even really a genre movie. People have said it’s a mix of romance and horror, but I don’t see any horror. The only horror is what happens to this creature. But that little dance Giles does with Elisa when they’re sat on the couch,


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You’ve made some remarkable movies. Do you find it easy to unearth good material? It finds you. You read and read and then, all of a sudden, something comes along and you’re like, “Oh my god.” But even then, you can never know. Even when you’re shooting it you don’t know. I was talking to Guillermo at breakfast and even he said, “I really don’t know.” He said, “I love it, but I don’t know how people are going to respond to it.” You never know for sure. In the theatre, and in film, nothing is finished until people see it. That’s why you do it. You do it to connect with other human beings. That’s your art form.


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