La d y haw k e
“We never would have got Gregory Peck if we’d said, ‘ This is a horror film’”
Michelle Pfeiffer was in California, and I was in Italy, preparing sets. Her agent got her to do an introduction of herself on videotape and sent it over. At the end of it – this beautiful, beautiful woman – her hand comes in from out of frame and she has this little canary on her finger. She says, “I want you to meet Ladyhawke.” It was just charming, so well thought out. That really swung me. I wanted Rutger [ Hauer] to play the heavy. We met with him and he said, “It’s a wonderful role. But I don’t want to play any more heavies right now. I’d love to play [ hero] Navarre.” Then we had another actor. He came over to Italy, and we talked. We were ready, we were all set. He happened to be very much in love with somebody at the time and he didn’t want to be away from her, and he really wanted to get out of the picture. Lauren [ Schuler Donner] – who was not my wife at the time, who was my producer ( who I was in love with, though she didn’t know it) – said, “What about Rutger?” He came over and was wonderful in the role. It was kind of kismet.
“Ring a ring o’ roses…”
No Damien, arms out if you want to imitate one of those gravestone crosses.