“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
~ James Gray
By David Poland email@example.com
Dujardin Kills On Leno
Jean Dujardin is a brilliant performer and a massive star. And he’s French. This has been the oddest curve of the awards season, as he has worked hard to learn English, so he could fully participate in the “fun.” It’s been hard. He’s a intuitive comedian, so he needs not just the language, but the instant access to it that allows him to, essentially, be himself.
Even in these segments with Leno, I can see him having moments of frustration, wanting to fly without quite having the words or being 100% of what Leno just said. But you can begin to see just how naturally rich this guy’s skills are.
The Best Actor race is one of the relatively open races this year… in great part because of the straightjacket of language Dujardin has been wearing. I only hope he’ll work through it and stick around Hollywood so English-language cinema can enjoy his gifts for decades to come.
And here is a look at some more of his musical work, from OSS 117: Nest of Spies. In this scene, he is meant to be invisibly undercover…