I W ILL S U R V I V E
You’d never met Ridley before meeting about
How is he to work for?
It’s been a really, really smooth shoot. That’s why all of his departments keep coming back. He gives everyone ample room to do their work, and he’s really open to suggestions from the circle that he trusts, but he’s very decisive at the end of the day. You have a lot of monologues in it…
I learned all the monologues like a play, so I turned up ready to go. The first take, Ridley stormed into the set and said, “Cut,” and then said, “We should have shot two movies at once!” Has the shoot been physically taxing?
It would have been really draining with another director, but this is how I feel working with Soderbergh or with Clint – it’s over before it gets uncomfortable. The spacesuit I wore was like a wetsuit, and we had to shoot in Jordan, in the desert, and I had a beard and a helmet on… It was hot. With a less precise director I would have been sweating until I passed out, but with Ridley, you can handle discomfort because you can always see the light at the end of the tunnel.