Quite the contrast between interviewing Danny
Boyle, promoting "127 Hours," and
the other big name British director I chatted with last month, Stephen Frears,
promoting "Tamara Drewe." One is
vibrant, engaged, enthusiastic, candid, friendly, informative, and
The other is Stephen Frears.
Also: sex. [Part 1 of this interview appears here.]
PK: It's sort of like a repository of the subconscious of
everybody who is using it.
The last time I interviewed somebody at the Liberty Hotel it
was known as the Charles Street Jail. That was about 25 years ago and the
subject of the interview was a white-bearded, sleight, elderly fellow known to
some as "The Globe Man" -- not for any journalistic reason, but because he used
to ride around Harvard Square in an old station wagon inscribed with countless
cryptic writings and surmounted by a huge, papier maché world globe, about eight
feet in diameter.
Having worked a few years as a security guard myself (and given the state of print journalism, might someday again; I can always put it on my resume), I can attest to the authenticity of Jody Hill's black comedy about the profession, "Observe and Report." So we already had a lot in common when we started our conversation (which was conducted before the Anna Faris date-rape scene became a media firestorm, although I did ask him about it).