Interview: Steven Spielberg
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Steven Spielberg doesn’t need much of an introduction. His movies are literally woven into the fabric of our culture, they mean so much too so many people. So it makes sense that his latest project should take on a book of similar cultural significance, Roald Dahl’s classic children’s tale The BFG starring Mark Rylance and Ruby Barhill. It make not have been the top of his film-making wish-list but Spielberg explained how the story has been part of his life for many years. “I read it to my kids” he said, “I started to understand why it had become so popular…but I didn’t see it as a film back then, it was a way to popularise myself with my own family”. His love of film and storytelling evident throughout his work, and Spielberg outlined why he has such love for making movies. “I love that I am able to get into the habit of suspending my disbelief like every other audience member, and forgetting everything I know about how a film is made. Let a film that everyone else has made wash over me”. In discussing The BFG in particular, however, he explained why the acting aspect was particularly special. “It’s very hard to deconstruct that intuitive tickle that I get sometimes…but the moment that I felt he (Mark Rylance) would be right for The BFG quite surprised me - it happened on the first day of Bridge of Spies and I just had that intuition…that he could really pull it off”. Rylance has commented on how Spielberg’s fearless direction allows actors to produce their best work. There is an equal relationship between director and actor as they both have an equal part to play.
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