I am actor / director John Malkovich - AMA!
probably a characterr called pale in a play called burn this written by lanford wilson. or in a play called true west by sam shepard.
oddly enough, i happened to see that very scene when i did a kind of q and a for the toronto film festival a couple of weeks ago. a fairly nightmarish experience. sort of my idea of hell.
fuck. putain or scheisse all work.
how is it being john malkovich? let's see how much you enjoy answering that question for 15 years. cheers and good luck.
i enjoy the brothers immensely.
that's a pretty big statement. all credit to charley kaufman and spike jonze. they're visionaries more or less in my humble oppinion.
yes. all of them. in that i only know what the director wanted to do with the film after i've seen it, and by then, sadly, it's too late.
it used to be fine, but it gets wearing at my age. too many cell phone cameras and doofuses who need a facebook photo with their thumb up. a few hundred a day over a 15 year period is, well, not that much fun. of course, most the people one actually gets to talk to are as interesting and fun as ever.
i didn't get to keep either sadly, though i was able to sneak the pig into this red 2. if they cut it i'll be so pissed.
i had one in my house once. i think i just opened all the windows and kind of gently broomed it out. just make sure it's in your apartment and not in your head.
i'm sorry, i've never heard of it. am i missing something?
what's the address?
i think, sadly, that privacy is finished. no such thing. if you're a known person, you learned to live without it long ago. that's very,very unfortunate, but such is life. i think there's no going back as that particular horse has left the barn. i have at times spoken with my peers and the head of the actors union about why we're not paid when we appear in say a tmz production, but there seems to be no real interest in combatting it. for the nsa, i've always assumed they listen to everything and read everything and see everything. france, where i've also lived for a number of years is exactly the same-possibly worse. i think it's too late.
i can't really give advice. people should make up their own minds and walk their own path.
strangely enough, i have anew production of les liaisons dangereuses which opened last night at the lincoln center festival. a beautiful young french cast, with quite hilarious costumes. i am often quite involved in the costume choices for period films. partially for it's impact on character, partially because i'm a fashion designer, and partially cause i'm so fucking vain. but my favorite film costumes are in a film i made a few years ago in london called color me kubrick. i had some lovely teal blue bras (quite pointy!), nice fishnets, and some lovely 1970's short shorts and a very fetching kimono. costumed by a wonderful english girl and lunatic called vicky russell.
dishgloves? was i catering there?
well, young man, that's a bummer. but it's ok. michael jordan made it stylish. don't worry, life goes on.
sometimes my best friend russ makes me smoke ganja, but i become a bit insane and normally eat a couple hundred dollars worth of say, ice cream sandwiches or dilly bars or what have you. even worse, i won't share any of it.
marie louise is my hero. sharp, sad, funny, extremely gifted and quick. i love to be around her and i adore working with her. we had a beautiful vomiting in tandem on the car windshield scene in red 2, ungratefully removed by the powers that be. for the pick up line, i'm not to sure. i would counsel the direct approach. i wouldn't use the schwarzenegger pick up line "baby your bangability is very high tonight." on 2nd thought, if you have a good styrian acccent, maybe it would be perfect.
doing it as we speak.please pm your email addresss.
no. i'm exceedingly loyal only to tim hortons.
brecht. he was a miserable human being, but quite smart about theatre.
stay safe. and take care of yourself, and try to imagine life when you're out.
no, i was doing an opera that was opening in toronto and we were in tech reharsal with the normal pursuant chaos. i did leave him a letter, though. i was happy he made it through, ok. he seemed such a dignified and preternaturally calm man.
every time i'm out here in los angeles, he's on a little hiatus, so i don't get to do it often. at one point he had asked me to become a semi-permanent character who lived in a fish tank. the script was very funny, too. alas.
unlike either of those gentlemen, i regret every stupid thing i've ever said. however, when you have a public life, you're going to say stupid things, just not as many as journalists or politicans.
i liked the scenes with brad pitt. i thought he was so funny in that film.
start a piece for nbc in the fall called crossbones. a ten part series. well written.
thank you. that's very kind.
yes, i do. i'm going to shoot a movie in lisbon in a few weeks and will be delighted to be back and to get to spend some time with my partners there.
no, i only met mr. madoff once, many years ago. he seemed very pleasant. but, you know, i don't think i'd have much to impart. for me, in all honesty, it was a good life lesson. and it also must be said that the vast majority of in the world live with nothing and with the hope of nothing their entire lives. i was lucky, as i've been my entire life. i could go back to work and make my way in the world.
sadly, even quite sadly, maybe tragically for me, i have no personal experience with which to reply in an expert manner. she looks pretty good to me though.
it's a very nice script. good producers and hopefully a good cast. plus, movies that are well written are hard to get made and hard to finance. plus, it will be the first time since 1990 that i will be in one place for at least five months.
i was given a script in france, by a seemingly rather disturbed young man. let's just say it was not good. also, one night, a woman came in to our yard in france around 2:00 am. i was outside on the phone talking to my producing partners in los angeles. she gave me a script called elle tue,(she kills!) which was about the lead character killing a movie star. it was written like it had been done with a butcher knife in red ink. also, it wasn't very good.
normally quite happy to have a conversation. or to be completely ignored.
i'm not someone who can really enjoy or even feel a sense of accomplishment about anything i've ever done. i'm just not the type. on to the next.
on the contrary, spike jonze wanted to cut it because we were late that night and he felt no one would be able to hit me on the head with a half full can of beer from a passing car, and about 70 or 80 sets of hands shot up on the crew saying they would like to try. eventually the task fell to johnny cusack's writing partner and he nailed it on the first try.
depends on my mood. i don't like anything too tight.
sorry, i would say at least you have to wait until 7:00 pm. i mean if i can do it, so can you. cowboy the fuck up!
i like so many kinds of music. so many artists. really too many to name.
i have a lot of friends in this business who are really fun and lovely people. somehow, the public doesn't get to see that.
matt would win. he always did between takes when we played. i love oreos, but i think it's some staggering amount of calories when you have ,like 4.
no. i haven't run into him since then. i very much enjoyed the dance remix of his remarks to the cinematographer, though. i wanted it to be the voice mail of our mr. mudd office, but my partners felt it wasn't very stylish.
matt is a great person. he always was.
i think our house in france. it's an old farm and very quiet. vienna also works.
where there's a will there's a way!
i don't really know how to measure best. one might do a bad film, or a not so good film with a wonderful director. one of my personal favorites was a chilean director i worked with several times called raul ruiz. he had such an odd and unique view of the world, and such a wonderful and strange and full culture. of course i loved spike jonze, frears, manuel de oliveira and many many others.
it's pretty ridiculous i would imagine.
i lost seventy pounds eating nothing but jello for 4 months. but of course there is great variety in the colors! i think, if i remember correctly it's 230 calories for a whole bowl. maybe 270? in the 5th month i added fruit.
only red wine.
yes, i suppose i would. but don't you have to go to the bathroom in your space suit and everything? i'm just not sure i could do that?
the sound and the fury. faulkner.
yes. i think. though i haven't checked today.
i don't eat a lot of ice cream. i like frozen yogurt more. i'm not sure i have a favorite.
i kind of am a fictional character....
i suppose i would pull his hair. no?
what was her name? doesn't that mean i could have married her too?
brussell sprouts. i know it's wrong.
steak and shake. in sight, it must be right.
but i only do it because my best friend makes me! it can't be my fault!
it depends on how late it is, how far to the toilet, and how much i've had to drink. let's just say i could be.
no, she's very kind and funny.
it was a pleasure. it would be nice to be a florist, i think. i would have liked to have been a baseball pitcher, also.
night train to munich?
bandol. domaine tempier.
do they have jalapeño poppers? or do i mispeak?
ok. thanks for that.
i won't be in cambridge this summer at all. where is the place?
actually i looked them up on the internet.
sorry, i'm already gone. thanks everyone! i have to go now.
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