I am Tilda Swinton, AMA.
Orlando is a very dear memory for me: it was the first time I had worked alongside a project for so long - it took us five years, from first deciding to try to make it, to finishing the film - and Sally is a great friend of mine: we thought at the time we would never get to the finish with it.. but once it was done, we realised we savoured every minute of the ride.. if you mean would I ever play another cross-dressing, gender transitioning, four hundred year old English aristocrat again, I feel like saying it's not likely, as those stories aren't told so often..but then again, Orlando never feels very far away from me, somehow..
SNOWPIERCER is something all of us who made it are so excited about everyone seeing.. Bong Joon Ho is a total master and it is such a privilege to be his colleague.. the more of you in the US who see it this weekend, the more theatres will play it over the next weeks, so GO HARD! My favourite part of filming was probably making Director Bong laugh.. he kind of sniggers like a kitten..
Making films is such a long drawn out business.. there is the preparation (after the pre-preparation.. which can be years) and then we shoot, cut and look for distribution. I made a film with Erick Zonca called JULIA of which I am extremely proud: in the United States it had a very small release by a great little and passionate distribution company called Magnolia.. but there was only so wide they could release it.. PLEASE look for that one.. it is something else.. and I LOVE it.
I first started making films with Derek Jarman in England in the 1980's.. we were very close friends and we made 7 films together over the nine years before he died in 1994. I learned very early on that filmmaking is amongst the most fun things that can be done in a group, in the cold and the rain in the middle of the night when the food has run out.. so ever since then, I have chosen the people first above every other element.. life is too short to be working alongside people you don't like A LOT for years on end..
I'm holding onto a large stash of Polaroids..
Working with both Jim Jarmusch and Wes Anderson is like the summer camp of dreams.. with significant themic differences.. Wes Camp means all staying in a big house together and eating round one big table every night, none of that trailer stuff that big movies do, which tends to divide people out and make for lonely days (so I hear).. Jim Camp is rock n' roll camp, nocturnal, super mellow, like the endless morning after a crash-out sleep-over when noone really wants to go home..
AMY SCHUMER!! BILL MURRAY MITCH HEDBERG WILL FERRELL BILL HADER CHRIS MORRIS GRAHAM LINEHAN JOHN FINNEMORE and many many many many many more
Comedy = lifeblood
Hahahahahahahaha I'm going to have to think about that one... let me see..
I do remember wanting my wig - which wasn't fixed down - to shift about a bit.. and even come off in the fight scene.. still.. my teeth made it..
I was a MASSIVE fan of Bong Joon Ho's before I met him: MEMORIES OF MURDER, THE HOST, MOTHER and even his first film BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE.. some of my favourite films of the last fifteen years.. and, Song Kang Ho is a great, proper film star in the best sense.. I would work with them on anything we could dream up together..
Hunger of the Pine by Alt-J
and hmmmm.. we once had a boating accident on the set of THE BEACH which all of us who were involved in it will find it hard to forget..
As for KEVIN.. of course, I reckon it's way more intense for you guys who saw the film straight up in the theater than for us group of chums who made it.. we got to do scarey moves and then break for lunch, play a game of cards and think of other things - all spread over several weeks..
I have always hoped that there would be the chance to make THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW.. the prequel to THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE - such a fantastic story.. the creation of Narnia and the Witch driving a coach and four horses around Victorian London at breakneck speed.. but no word as yet.. let's cross our fingers..
The whole business of dressing up and playing is the greatest of fun for me.. every time, it doesn't have to be something as extreme or pantomime ridiculous as Mason in SNOWPIERCER or intricate as the extraordinary prosthetics for GBH.. even when working out the look of someone pretty regular like the woman in I AM LOVE or KEVIN.. the look is, in a pretty big way, where I mainly do my work.. once we start shooting, then: I play..
This is not true, lukeyrads.. it never was.. someone once ran with a misunderstanding.. I suppose there may be people out there who believe it, though, so their perception would be skewed.. I'm sorry if this is a disappointment for anybody..
I truly LOVE Fincher. He is a pal and a great person to be on a set with, although I was only on his film THE CC OF BB for a very short time.. we had a very sweet time.. I wish there could have been more of the woman I play in the film..
Completely golden days.. bit cooler today, but yesterday was a stunner.. hold on.. it'll slip your way..
BONG JOON HO
The time when Fincher failed to notice that BP and I had arranged two potatoes and a carrot in a specific configuration on the kitchen table we were sitting at.. and had to have it pointed out to him at the END of a take..
AHHHHHHH love to the Borders from the Highlands.. I come as often as I possibly can..
Very good question. When and where? Ask and let's see if it's possible.. if I can, YOU'RE ON..
YES YES YES
OH but WAIT.. it's breaking wider next weekend, I promise you.. check the details at the bottom of my opening message and apparently it'll give you all you need to know.. GO IN A HUGE GROUP AT LEAST EVERY DAY THIS WEEK..
As for dinner, I need to pick a salad in the garden and a big vegetable stew for some of us.. the children are having an Indian carry-out as a treat for the start of their summer holidays.. this is my opportunity to sing the praises of THE MAGNIFICENT AL RAJ RESTAURANT IN NAIRN..
Today, I have to say Avocado and goat's cheese..
Make sure you know that you know best for yourself.. and that being happy and at ease is not too much to ask..
Frankly no, but since you mention it.. ~ xo
The laboratory gave me strict instructions to issue no comment
My friend Jerry Stafford - who is a brilliant creative director in Paris - and I work together on basic directions when looking at public and editorial appearances, but I am lucky to be able to work directly with designers and nobody but me lays out my stuff or decides what I will actually wear..
This has been such a nice way to spend an easy Sunday evening in my own armchair with a dog on my feet.. It is an overwhelmingly touching thing to see how enthusiastic so many people are for what we are doing.. on behalf of all my colleagues - on all our films and projects - THANK YOU for taking the ride with us.. have a beautiful Sunday and a kind and love-filled rest of the year,
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