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INT: Jude Law

There were some journalists at the SKY CAPTAIN press event who said at the day's end that Jude Law is almost more attractive than co-star Gwyneth Paltrow. Now, I'm secure enough in my masculinity to admit Jude's an attractive guy but c'mon... That said, I think we, the fanboy community, should adopt Jude as our spokesperson cause he's one of us. He reads comics and jeez even has a "Watchmen" tattoo. If he could only get out and spread the word that not everyone is like the Comic Book Guy from "The Simpsons" we'd be a lot better off. Anyway, here's Jude talking SKY CAPTAIN, ALFIE and that tattoo..

Why did you decide to take on a producing role on this film in addition to starring? When this came to me it was a first time director. It came to me through the hands of Jon Avnet. I’m sure you already heard there was the six minute teaser and a great script, but Kerry was a first time director and there was very little put together other than that. It was a world that I had always liked and known about as a kid and felt that I could offer something to. It was the first time that I felt that my name as an actor could empower someone to get their project going, and that was something I was keen and happy to be a part of doing. I think also if you get a sense that you have an opinion that is worthy, if you know about a subject or a project, and you can offer something more than your role as an actor, it’s something you should embrace. What was exciting is that it was a meeting of two worlds. There was a world that I knew very little about, the world of Kerry’s post-production genius, and a world where we needed to come up with a very comfortable and a very animated set where actors could act. We wanted to make it as harmonious as possible. So while we were in production, my role as a producer was keeping the floor as focused on Kerry but also as freeing as possible. We had three sets of crew that were moving as fast as any crew I had ever seen. There was this group we called the Brain Bank, which was a bevy of people with computers and then there were the actors, and it was important to keep that communication fluid. How difficult was it to play this role on a big empty set just using your imagination? It was in some ways. It wasn’t like performing Chekhov or Shakespeare, but at the same time it was a different challenge, which was walking that line of playing it for real rather than sending it up, which we felt was very important. We were trying to pay homage to this genre rather than trying to spoof it. I think also keeping the focus of reality, and as I said before, trying to create an environment where we weren’t unfocused and just looking at orange things and looking at this and looking at that. You really wanted to get a sense of intensity and reality so that once the walls around us were painted in you got a sense of presence, rather than veneers of actor world.

Do you like taking risks? I mean, this was quite a leap of faith.... It’s funny, I didn’t feel like – I like challenges. I don’t know if I like taking risks, and it didn’t feel like taking a risk because Kerry was very elegant and very clear about what he wanted to get, and it seemed very clear from the six minutes that he was going to do something magical. Just from those six minutes I got a sense of incredible composition, timing, rhythm – artistry, really. And from the script I got the sense of someone who realized that you can’t rely on that to make a good film. There’s a great central relationship, this kind of bantering, bickering 1930s-type relationship. Will they, won’t they, are they pals or lovers? To me that was the core of the piece and that was something Kerry wanted to embellish, to take further and further once Gwyneth and I were cast. So it never felt like a leap of faith until I saw it. And when I saw it I realized just how much Kerry had added, and I suddenly thought, “God, if he hadn’t put all that there, we would really look stupid!” So would something like ALFIE be a risk in your mind? A different kind of a risk. A different kind of a challenge. A different challenge because we were trying to take an iconic character and bring him into the modern world. An iconic, very particular kind of philosophy of sort of sexuality and sexual territory and bring it into the modern world with more modern women. And a different challenge because classic films have – people put great vestige in them. A lot of people forget that before it was a movie it was a play, and a very successful book. Also, he’s not a very likable character. No, for a lead character he’s not very likable. Most actors don’t want to portray shits and he’s a real jerk. You didn’t have reservations? To be honest that was the side of him I liked the most. What worried me more was playing the lothario sort of character, which I have always found shallow and uninteresting. What was interesting, I suppose, for me was getting to my age and realizing that thankfully I had resisted playing that kind of a role in my twenties. Those kind of romantic, relationship films based around twenty years are… scratch them and you see through them. At least in the hands of a thirty year old, or in the world of a thirty year old there’s something more complex or questionable, and it was that side of him that I found more interesting.

So have they tried to soften it? No, they haven’t softened it at all. So he’s still a jerk? Oh my God! Yes, but likable. This is the first of 17 films we’re going to be seeing you in by Christmas – 21, actually. [laughs] Are you worried about overexposure? Yeah, I am actually. Which is a shame because it took me two years to make them all. We’ve got a saying London that you wait an hour for a bus and four come at the same time. I took two years making a movie and my luck is that they all come out in four months. One good thing – a few good things is that they are all completely different, they’re all in the hands of wonderfully talented directors, they’re all different kinds of characters, and in some way or another they’ll all appeal to different kinds of audiences. And in my opinion they’re all good. I’ve seen almost all of them and I think that – thank God! – they’re all good pieces. So for LEMONY SNICKET you’re the narrator. Do you ever appear onscreen? I did one day of shots. But I’m just the voice of the narrator. Was the rumor true that you were up for SUPERMAN at one point? Me and half the world. So was an action/adventure movie something you always wanted to do? I’m of the generation that grew up with the first STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES and I remember Saturday morning TV in England was always Zorro and Flash Gordon. It was certainly always something you grew up doing as a kid – I certainly did – riding around on your pretend horse or flying around in your pretend planes, which was in fact your bed. So I suppose when you’re in a position where you can finally step into that world, it’s something you really want to embrace. And having children I suppose heightened that. But something I was keen to do was to find someone who was a less sort of complex, seedy kind of hero. I love the non-cynical, pure kind of approach of this film. It seems to me that the action/adventure genre is quickly slipping into – these are films you want to take your kids to and they’re all about gun dealers and drug smuggling. The bad guy is a crack snorting kind of lunatic with a Mohawk, and it’s always a bit depressing. I’m all for popcorn movies, but there has to be an innocence to them. I like the innocence of this film, and the kind of straightforward simplicity of Joe Sullivan. One of the other reporters was like, “You hint at this world of the Flying Legion and Joe’s allegiance to that, what he really wants-“ I was like, why complicate it? He’s just a guy who flies planes and saves the world!

I’ve heard two rumors about you. One is that you have a comic book tattoo. Is that true. Yeah… Rorschach? Yeah… And where do you have that? On my body. Somewhere. The second rumor is that you might be playing Ian Curtis? Yeah, I heard about that but I know nothing about it. I’m a big fan of the band, but I heard about that. a friend called me and asked me, I knew nothing about it. How did CLOSER turn out? Wonderful. The best kind of therapy is working with Mike Nichols. Why? He’s someone who seems to have lived the most extraordinary kind of life and come out of it absolutely uncynical. Is the British setting remaining for Closer? Yeah, we shot it all over London. Speaking of Rorschach, there was an interview with Empire Online where you said you were interested in appearing in the WATCHMEN film. Have you heard from Darren Aronofsky since then? Not yet. Have you tried calling him? No, but I’m actually trying to get a number. But I don’t know about playing Rorschach, I’m more for Adrian Veidt.
Source: JoBlo.com

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