INT: Richard Loncraine
filmmaker Richard Loncraine isn't one to shy away from a challenge.
His latest project, the action thriller FIREWALL,
couldn't be more different from his last effort, the lighthearted
Theres a lot of technology-related dialogue in this film. Are you electronically savvy?
Yes. I have to say, thats one thing I can I direct movies? Im not sure. Am I electronically savvy? Yes. A lot of the (dialogue) came out of my head, truthfully. I dont want to take anything away from (screenwriter) Joe Fortes skills. But I think when we decided to revamp some of the banks structure the truth is, robbing a bank is frighteningly easy. Its much easier than it is in our movie. We had to make it more complicated to make a movie out of it.
dont think I really should tell you how easy it is to rob a bank
because it just wouldnt be good for the people who are working at
banks. But trust me,
its easy to rob a bank if youre prepared to go to prison.
We just pay for it in our insurances.
Do you know how many bank robberies there were in
What were your expectations of Harrison Ford? How confident were you that he could handle the physicality of the role?
Hes built like a brick shithouse. Hes really solid. And when hes play-acting when we were working out the fight, which almost entirely was his thats his specialty and he knew what he wanted to do. And he would sort of pick me up and show me what he was gonna do and Id have to say, Stop doing that. It hurts. He did 90 percent of the stunts he didnt do the all of the fall down the stairs but the rest is all him. Just ask Paul Bettany about how he liked fighting with him. Hes a very strong man, but hes strong not only physically but also emotionally when hes on set.
a tough guy. And he
doesnt go and kinda wear it on his shoulders.
Hes very quiet, an extremely well-mannered man.
He never grumbles. He
grumbled once; he said, Why is it that every damn time I get out
of a car in this movie, its on the wrong side of the road and I
have to run through the rain?
I said, Because it looks better,
What about Virginia Madsen?
She delivers the goods, I think. Playing wives in Harrison Ford movies is not always the easiest thing to do, because its going to be dominated by his character. To find an actress of her caliber who was prepared to support the film in the way she did was great. My feeling when I first read the script I wanted to make a thriller next. Ive made all the wrong decisions, commercially, as a director in my life, because I always do different movies. And the truth is youre not meant to do that. Youre meant to make one movie and make it successful. And then youre meant to make the same film again and again, because they know what to buy they go to Richard Loncraine for these movies or those movies.
Where did Paul Bettany come in to the project? Did he recommend you or did you recommend him?
dont think Paul would ever recommend me for anything.
Hes pretty vicious. (laughs)
No, I dont think so. Paul
was attached to it. I
met Armyan Bernstein in
Theres a lot of rain in this film. Whats it like working in the rain all the time?
Im used to it, coming from
We had a limited amount of money to make the film for a Harrison Ford movie. It was not an open checkbook by any means. The one thing the studio never said was, Are you sure that we can afford to make rain? Because it does cost an enormous amount of money. But once we started shooting with it, there was no choice. But one forgets, a drive-by shot could cost you $50,000 with the rain. Just a car driving down the street with no actors in it. You have to have enormous cranes in the street with great rigs over the top of the street. I felt it helped; it gave it that sort of film noir feel.
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