MY MOVIE MASTERMIND
1 Who composed the soundtrack to your 1966 hit Django? It’s Luis Bacalov. He’s a great composer. He’s from Argentina, but has been living in Rome for years. Correct. 2 In 1968 you were nominated for a Golden Globe for Camelot. In which category? At that time, it was called Newcomer Of The Year. But then also, in Camelot, the song that I was singing won the Golden Globe — If Ever
I Should Leave You. I was hoping they would be giving me the award, but it goes to the song. Correct. 3 On Camelot, you met your future wife, Vanessa Redgrave. What was the name of the next film you made with her? Okay, with her, I made many movies. After that, we made a movie with a great Italian director — Elio Petri. The movie was called A Quiet Place
In The Country [in 1968]. For me, Elio Petri is the best Italian director. I call him the Italian Kubrick. Correct. 4 In 1970 you worked with the legendary Luis Buñuel, on Tristana. Do you remember where it was filmed? Oh, the movie was shot in Toledo. It was great working with him. Buñuel was a genius. You know, he never called me Franco, because he was against General Franco, the dictator of Spain. So he called me “Nero!” Always — “Nero! Nero!” Correct. 5 In 1978, you appeared in Force 10 From Navarone. Who played the part of Colonel Mike Barnsby? It was Harrison Ford. You know, if you read the original book, the leading man was Greek, and I was supposed to play the leading man. But then they changed it, because Harrison Ford made, a year before, Star Wars, and it was an incredible success all over the world. And so they said, “Franco, let’s change your part.” But I accepted that — because they gave me more money. Correct. 6 In 1982 you worked with the notorious Rainer Werner Fassbinder on Querelle. Who wrote the novel that it was based on? Jean Genet. You know, Fassbinder was very shy. One day, I went to his house, and there were all my movies. He had VHS cassettes of all my movies. But it was a nice set. Andy Warhol came many times [to his house]. Correct. 7 You played Esperanza in Die Hard 2. What happens to him? One second, I’m thinking. Esperanza… Well, I was on the plane, and the plane got, how you say, exploded. So I died. What I remember about that movie is that we flew all over the States, because that year, there was no snow. And they couldn’t find the snow. So finally, they found some snow in Denver, Colorado. And then, most of the snow was in the studio. Fake snow! Correct. 8 In the dubbed Italian version of Cars 2 you voiced a character called Topolino. What kind of car is Topolino based on? Well, Topolino is a typical Italian car. Very popular at that time. And my wife Vanessa, she played Topolina. His wife. It was very funny. Incorrect. The precise answer is Fiat 500. 9 You returned as Django for a cameo in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. Jamie Foxx’s Django spells out his name for you. What do you reply? “I know.” Quentin insisted that I had to play this cameo, and he kept me in New Orleans almost a month. Originally, my cameo was much, much longer. But then he cut it, because the movie was very long anyway. It was five hours long. Correct. 10 This year you were seen in John Wick: Chapter 2. You play a character called Julius. What is his job? He’s the director of the hotel in Rome. The Continental. That was another cameo. You do a cameo, which means a few scenes, and then they cut a little bit. But it’s alright. I love Keanu. Correct.