BEST OF TIMES/WORST OF TIMES

THE DESERT DANCER STAR ON CORSETS, CASABLANCA AND HEAVY COLDS

Empire (UK) - - PREMIERE - CH

It would have to be Mum­bai, for Slum­dog Mil­lion­aire. You’re work­ing against the el­e­ments in ev­ery pos­si­ble way when you’ve been to Mum­bai. The city stands out. You can’t fight it. You just have to be in it.

I don’t know if I got it, but very re­cently I went for a role that is ten years younger than I am, and it was a real chal­lenge. I knew I man­aged to tap into the 21 year-old me and still bring strength and ma­tu­rity to the per­for­mance.

On You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, if I made a mis­take, I’d cor­rect my­self. And Woody Allen walked up to me and said, “Let the mis­takes hap­pen be­cause some­times the mis­takes are bet­ter than the best takes.” Now I’m not afraid of mak­ing mis­takes.

Prob­a­bly Casablanca, where we shot Desert Dancer. I loved film­ing in the desert, but Casablanca, I’m not sure. You have this idea of the film Casablanca and then you go there and the bub­ble’s burst!

You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger. I had swollen eyes and a bad cold, and I started im­pro­vis­ing be­cause I couldn’t re­mem­ber the lines. I started think­ing, “It’s Woody Allen and I to­tally fucked it up.” But I got the part!

Even the not so good notes can be en­light­en­ing. You know that’s some­thing you don’t want to hear again, and the next time you hear it, you just block it out!

DESERT DANCER IS OUT ON APRIL 22.

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