Category: Transcripts Posted by: admin Interviewer: Whatís happening with ďBurnsĒ?
Red Eye Premiere Ė LA - August 4th 2005
Article Date: August 5, 2005 | Publication: About.Com | Author: Rebecca Murray
Gerry: Oh, GodÖ God knows. You know what? We are sitting with ďBurnsĒ, we have an incredible cast, we have the best script Iíve read in a long time, itís wonderful. It just takes a bit to get that together. Cuz itís essentially about an 18th Century Scottish boy, you know, a Scottish boy that we in Scotland think the whole world knows but they donít. And Ö.ermÖ but it really has that kind of ďShakespeare in LoveĒ feel about it as well, itís very funny and itís very moving and Ö.ermÖ. but itís just gonna, I think itís gonna happen next year. Thatís the plan, you know, thatís, itís just, you know, is one of these movies made up of a lot of different taxmen (?), itís very complicated, I donít even know how that goes but it should happen next year.
I: Now, thereís a rumour on the Internet that they were reworking the script, is that true?
G: No, no. Well, yeah, I mean yeah, but not in any major way, you know. They are always putting kind of little touches to it. It just got better and better. You know, the first script I read was like a 170 pages long, which if anybody knows is a bit long for a script, it was one of the best reads Iíve ever had in my life. It broke my heart to take things out of there, but now we have it refined and itís just, you know, all the best stuff is in there and itís really a beautiful story of an artist, an incredible artist and a passionate and sexy human being, GRRRRR!
I: Is it a little intimidating playing him though, cuz I mean, everyone in Scotland looks up to him?
G: Yeah, I mean yeah, but itís intimidating playing the Phantom of the Opera, itís intimidating playing Dracula, Attila and itís, itís a matter of degree. Itís intimidating taking on these roles but I love that, I love a challenge. You know, so, you kinda hope that at the end of the day people go ďoh, wow, you know, he did do itĒ and you also, you know, nobody never, you never have a movie that everybody loves or a character that you know, some peopleÖ. And I think, the more of an angle you take on it, the more intensely some people will love it and the more other people will dislike it. Rather than doing something watered-down that you are trying to please everybody with. You know, so we are definitely takingÖ
[Audience yells ďRachel!!!!!!!!!!!!!Ē] [G turns around to look at them]
G: an angle on ďBurnsĒ. My name is Rachel by the way, thatís me they are screaming at, yeah, yeah. [G turns around as if he was talking to the audience] Iíll be there in a minute!
I: Is it going to be totally filmed in Scotland?
G: Yes, yes. Absolutely. On my motherís back garden!
I: And what do you think about them casting Julia Stiles who isnít Scottish, in this role?
G: Fantastic! It was me. I was in Iceland, I was filming and so was she, and I suddenly thought sheís, and we had this talk about Burns and Iíd never even mentioned, Iíd never even thought of her until afterwards and then I went, she knew so much about Burns, she was so curious about him, sheís perfect for this role! I gave her the script, she called me up and she said ďthis is the best script Iíve read in such a long time, Iíll really...I'll do craft service on this movie." And sheís been incredibly patient with us because the movieís been pushed and pushed. Sheís an incredible, I love her, and sheís a wonderful human being and sheís such a talented actress so, to me thatís the best, sheís the best thing thatís happened to this movie.
I: With it being pushed and pushed, have you guys lost anyone that was signed on to it?
G: Well, we donít know yet because what happens is, once we finally you know say, right we are all going, then we find out who weíve got and who weíve not. But I often find that when you lose people, you so often end up, itís like me with movies, movies that I lose, that I get depressed about, and I end up getting one thatís even better. You know, there were movies that I lost before Phantom and if Iíve done them, I wouldnít have been able to do the Phantom, you know. And likewise, I just got a movie that I wouldnít have been able to do if I hadnít lost the one before.
I: What is it?
G: Iím not telling you! Cuz it hasnít been announced yet. But itís HUGE!
I: k, wait. Itís not ÖemÖ you are not gonna be playing James Bond?
I: Beowulf, whatís happening with that?
G: Itís just finished, Itís gonna be premiering at the Toronto Film Festival, and Ö.ermÖ I havenít seen it with the music but I canít wait to see it because againÖ. Itís great to pick very specific types of movies and types of characters, and this is such an unusual, and poetic, and beautiful and weird story, you know, thatís so not like anything Hollywood would throw up, you know. And we filmed in Iceland, the most impressive landscapes Iíve ever come across, you know, so you have all that in this movieÖ
I: Whoís the target audience for that?
G: God knows! You know. Quite an intelligent audience I think, cuz itís actually very deep and spiritual and reallyÖ. Itís really a metaphor for racism and human ignorance of other cultures, thatís the kind of angle weíve taken. And in the end itís very profound. And we find, weíve set up a website for it, and you know, if you look on that web site the people that go on that web site are all very literate and well read andÖ
I: and they are your fans!
G: No, a lot of them, no, no. Some of them hate me! hahaha
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