Posted by: 4pack | December 30, 2008

“Daniel Craig” Update: His Latest Movie “Defiance” Shows His Range As An Actor…But 007 Theme Song Isn’t Playing Inside His Head

“…The soundtrack isn’t going on in my head when I’m doing that….”

 

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We don’t know when we’re going to do the next Bond. Certainly no one is thinking about it just at the moment and we’re going to give it a rest for the moment. If we can squeeze something in, if I can do something next year, I will, but I haven’t found out what that’s going to be yet

 

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MOVIESONLINE: IS IT HARD NOT BEING JAMES BOND IN A JAMES BOND TYPE MOMENT LIKE WHEN YOU GO INTO THE HOUSE AND SHOOT THAT GUY?

CRAIG: No. I don’t have those connections in my head. The situation is that the guy can’t really use a gun that well and certainly he’s never shot anyone in cold blood before and so it’s a completely different sort of mindset. The soundtrack isn’t going on in my head when I’m doing that.

MOVIESONLINE: YOU’RE THE HERO THROUGHOUT THIS FILM, BUT YOU DO HAVE TO KILL A MEMBER OF YOUR OWN BAND AND DO SOME PRETTY HARD THINGS. HOW DID YOU APPROACH THAT DUALITY?

CRAIG: Well, that’s what fascinated me about this really. It’s obvious if anyone watches the film, if anyone reads the book, obvious if you sort of understand the storyline, these people did bad things. They did very, very bad things and you always have to look at the net result which is that 1200 people walked out of this situation and survived. But keeping that many people together and under control, there were power struggles and major sort of shifts in power. There was Zus Bielski who was trying to gain control. They took revenge on the local population. They fought very hard against the Germans at times. It’s that moral line that they’re walking, but for kind of a good reason that I found fascinating. The question is what would you do in a situation like this, how would you defend yourself? You’d like to think that you’d protect your family, that you’d protect the people around you, but what would you be prepared to do to actually make that succeed, to protect yourself and your family.

MOVIESONLINE: WAS SOME OF THAT BASED ON REAL THINGS THAT HAPPENED?

CRAIG: Most of what happens in the movie is absolutely reported and it happened over a three or four-year period. We sort of condensed a lot of that into one year, but the running away, going through the swamp, the fact that a whole infantry of Germans were sent in to get them, 20,000 men were sent in to actually root them out, them and other troops like them – it all happened. Obviously, this is a film and we’ve got to put it dramatically into a context.

MOVIESONLINE: DO YOU VIEW THIS AS SORT OF A COMPANION PIECE TO “MUNICH,” A SORT OF JEWISH VENGEANCE?

CRAIG: I don’t think that. If you’d like to do that, you’re more than welcome to that, but I don’t put my work into a sort of DVD collection, my blue period here or something or my Jewish period here. I mean, genuinely, and I know this might sound kind of naïve, but when I read this script, the last thing on my mind was “Munich.” I just read this. This deals with something that’s close to my heart because my grandparents went through the Second World War, but it has a direct sort of link to all of us which is the First World War was the war to end all wars and this war was the war that stopped and made us all human which was that we all signed treaties and said that we’d never do this again. We’ve been doing it ever since, year by year, worse and worse, and wiping our asses on these treaties. It’s an important piece of history.

This story in itself I found so inspiring because it was about the way that people survived this situation and when they stopped fighting. That was the other thing that came up for me. When do you stop fighting? When do you actually sort of find peace? When do you start living? That line in this movie is sort of drawn in the sand by Tuvia saying, “We stop this now and we start to live.”

 

MOVIESONLINE: DID SHOOTING ON LOCATION HELP INFORM YOUR CHARACTER?

CRAIG: Very much. A great deal. We always had to have in the back of our mind that reality. We were doing long days and 6-day weeks, but we had warm beds to go to and apparently, we were probably bitching about it, but we did have trailers somewhere. There were different sort of map references. They would give us a map in the morning and say, “If you can find it, you can have it.” So we’d stay on set, but we stayed on set literally constantly and we’d be under tents, tarps, sort of watching the scenes. That made it very immediate. It made us all feel involved with everything and it gave a community feeling to us which was kind of essential for the movie, giving it that life. Like I said though, it’s cold and wet and damp and uncomfortable, but you knew that you were going home that night so it was okay.

MOVIESONLINE: WHAT WAS ED ZWICK’S REHEARSAL STYLE LIKE? WAS THERE A LOT OF REHEARSING?

CRAIG: We had a lot of discussion before we started shooting. Sometimes you’d get to a scene on the shoot and it’d just click and you’d go, “Okay, we know what we want to do.” We’d set the camera up and we’d shoot it. Then other times there’s the very emotional stuff and you kind of give it more time and let there be more air around the scene. Then sometimes you’d just sort of hit a brick wall like you always do and everyone would come in and sit down and discuss it. We’d discuss the camera. The camera department would come in and say, “Maybe we can shoot it from up there. Maybe it’ll give it that feeling.” If the scene wasn’t working, we could rewrite. Clay [Frohman] was on set and would rewrite scenes as we were going along or we’d sort of improvise bits and pieces if we could.

MOVIESONLINE: WHAT ABOUT THE RUSSIAN? HOW HARD WAS THAT?

CRAIG: I mean, I left school at sixteen and I can’t conjugate a verb in any language, even English. Russian is in Cyrillic as well so you can’t read it on the page. So I just did it phonetically. Liev has an education and so he took pains to learn it a bit. It was tricky and difficult and especially because Ed suddenly heard, into his mind, that we were doing remarkably well from whoever was teaching us Russian and decided to make two or three other scenes in Russian as well. I’m glad that we did it. I’m glad that we made the distinction because obviously the conceit is that we’re all speaking Yiddish to each other and that Russian is spoken and German is spoken around us and we all have an accent because it grounds it and it makes it sound that we have a uniformity because obviously we’ve got English, Lithuanian, French – there’s a whole international group of actors in there that would have made it the Tower of Babel if we were speaking in our own accents.

MOVIESONLINE: “QUANTUM OF SOLACE” WAS A HUGE WORLDWIDE SUCCESS. FOR SOMEONE WHO PUT SO MUCH EFFORT AND ENERGY INTO IT, DO YOU PAY ATTENTION TO THAT SUCCESS AT THE BOX OFFICE?

CRAIG: I mean, of course I pay attention. It’s not like, “No. I’m not interested.” It’s great. We couldn’t have expected it to do as well as it has done. We put the work in. We put the energy in and we made the best movie that we could. You can only hope. If you knew that everything was a sure fire winner, everybody would be doing it. So there’s always a risk involved and it’s been a pleasure to see it do so well.

MOVIESONLINE: IS THERE GOING TO BE A TRILOGY?

CRAIG: No.

MOVIESONLINE: ABSOLUTELY NOT?

CRAIG: No. No fucking way [laughs]. I’m done with that fucking story. I want to lie on a beach for the first half hour of the next movie, drinking a cocktail. I don’t know what we’re going to do with the next one. I know that we’ve finished this story as far as I’m concerned and we’ve got a great set of bad guys. There’s an organization that we can use whenever we want to use it. The relationship between Bond and M is secure and Felix is secure. We can try to find out where Moneypenny came from and where Q comes from. Let’s do all that and have some fun with it.

MOVIESONLINE: WITH THE STUDIO DOING SO WELL WITH THESE MOVIES, I’M SURE THEY WANT TO GET STARTED AGAIN QUICKLY. ARE YOU MORE INTERESTED IN DOING ANOTHER PROJECT LIKE “DEFIANCE” BEFORE THE NEXT BOND FILM?

CRAIG: We don’t know when we’re going to do the next Bond. Certainly no one is thinking about it just at the moment and we’re going to give it a rest for the moment. If we can squeeze something in, if I can do something next year, I will, but I haven’t found out what that’s going to be yet, but not another “Defiance,” not in the cold. [laughs]

MOVIESONLINE: HAS ANYONE APPROACHED YOU ABOUT A BEACH

PICTURE AT ALL?

CRAIG: A beach picture? Well, I can’t surf. I can lie down, but I can’t surf. [laughs]

MOVIESONLINE: I SAW “FLASHBACKS OF A FOOL” A FEW MONTHS AGO. IT WAS A VERY NICE, INTIMATE STORY. WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO MORE OF THOSE?

CRAIG: I’d love to. That was really a kind of labor of love. That was a friend of mine who had written that about 7 or 8 years ago for me. We managed to get it made and I’m very keen to get stuff like that off the ground if I can, whether I’m producing or not or whether I’m in it or not. It’s nice to get that stuff and to encourage people I know with a lot of talent to just get on with it.

MOVIESONLINE: WITH YOU PLAYING JAMES BOND AND THE BOND FILMS BEING SO SUCCESSFUL, A SMALLER FILM LIKE “DEFIANCE” IS GOING TO BE SEEN BY MANY MORE PEOPLE THAN IT MIGHT BE OTHERWISE. ARE YOU AWARE THAT YOUR PRESENCE CAN HAVE THAT IMPACT?

CRAIG: Am I tracking it? No, I’m not. Of course, I know what you’re saying, but there’s no real comment on it. If it gets more people in to see the film, then that’s fantastic, but it’s sort of a given maybe.

MOVIESONLINE: DO YOU THINK ABOUT USING YOUR STATUS TO GET MORE PERSONAL, SMALLER PROJECTS MADE THAT YOU LIKE?

CRAIG: For sure. In a sense this movie was definitely very much like that. Ed’s been struggling with it for a long time. He went to Europe and basically raised the money in individual territories, to get the money for this, and I think that my saying yes to it and getting my name in it gave it that little extra push and thankfully Paramount Vantage came in and picked it up here. So it’s that process. It’s not a very clear cut process. As much I’d like to say that I’m definitely going to do that, it’s still a lot of work involved. But I’m going to definitely work that way and try to encourage things if I can.

MOVIESONLINE: IS THAT A RESPONSIBILITY THAT YOU FEEL?

CRAIG: I think so, a little bit, yes. I mean, there’s definitely a responsibility and you have to sort of pay it back a little bit into the business. It’s also because I love doing it. It’s a narcissism as well.

MOVIESONLINE: WOULD YOU EVER DO A STEVE MCQUEEN MOVIE BECAUSE AFTER “LAYER CAKE” EVERYONE CALLED YOU THE NEW STEVE MCQUEEN?

CRAIG: Well, he’s done them and I wouldn’t try to repeat that. Steve McQueen movies don’t need retouching.

MOVIESONLINE: YOU WOULDN’T REDO “BULLET”

CRAIG: No. I mean, the movie is too good. I just wouldn’t be interested.

MOVIESONLINE: YOU DID ACTION SEQUENCES IN THIS FILM AND THEN, OF COURSE, YOU DID SO MANY IN THE BOND FILMS, WHEN YOU CONSIDER FUTURE PROJECTS, ARE YOU LOOKING FOR…

CRAIG: Kitchen sink dramas? Honestly, I know what you’re trying to do, asking if I’m consciously trying to pick stuff. I’m not consciously trying to do that. If there was that much material around for me to pick and choose from, I would be doing that. But there is a finite number of good scripts. There are only so many good pieces of material, good books out there and you have to look for them. So, to say that I won’t do this is really kind of shutting the door on so much material. I keep my mind totally open and we’ll just see what comes along.

MOVIESONLINE: YOU HAVE THE CLOUT NOW THAT IF THERE’S A BOOK OR A PLAY THAT YOU REALLY WANTED TO DO…

CRAIG: Yeah, but I’ve got to read it [laughs].

MOVIESONLINE: YOU COULD START YOUR OWN PRODUCTION COMPANY AND START GETTING THOSE THINGS DEVELOPED.

CRAIG: Yeah, look, what you would normally do is if I was going to do a movie and it was going to go like that, I would start a production company. I don’t need to start a production company to do that. I can have a production company and office and sit in there on the phone and go [sighs]. But it doesn’t have to work that way. What you do is you find the material. You get the job and you make the job. Having a production company is a byproduct of making a film. It doesn’t make a movie.

MOVIESONLINE: SO THERE’S NOT SOMETHING YOU’RE DYING TO DEVELOP BECAUSE IT’S CLOSE TO YOU, A DREAM PROJECT YOU FEEL PASSIONATE ABOUT?

CRAIG: The first five books of the Bible. It’s a small thing I’ve been working on for years, but it’s just something that I really want to do [laughs].

MOVIESONLINE: WE TALKED TO LIEV EARLIER ABOUT THE FIGHT SEQUENCE. IT’S A VISCERAL THING TO SEE BROTHERS BEATING EACH OTHER UP LIKE THAT.

CRAIG: Well, having done a few now I know that the only way that you get them to look right is by rehearsing them. So that’s what we did. We did it for weeks before we started shooting. We went into the studio, put mats on the floor and sort of figured it out. What we wanted to do was try to make it as brotherly as possible which is why there’s a punch in the bullocks and aspects that would make you go, “Those are brothers fighting.” There’s obviously a Cain and Abel thing with the rock and that came about as just a piece of improvisation. There was a rock there and it was about how we were going to end this, how we were going to end this fight because actually the only way to end the fight is by the one wanting to kill the other one. So there’s a rock to hand. Also, he’s bigger than me and I had to hit him with something. [laughs]

MOVIESONLINE: HE SAID IT WAS YOUR IDEA TO PUNCH HIM IN THE BALLS. IS THAT TRUE?

CRAIG: [laughs] Yes.

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  1. The Defiance Website has loads of information about the new Defiance movie, including cast, crew and stories. It also has the official movie trailers & currently the first Shooting game for Defiance, where you can reach a high score to win a pair of tickets to the film premiere………:)


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