MY MOVIE MASTER­MIND

JOHN MAD­DEN

Empire (UK) - - RE.VIEW - WORDS IAN FREER

Can the Miss Sloane di­rec­tor go it alone? 1 In Miss Sloane, when Schmidt (Mark Strong) says, “Dil­dos are il­le­gal in Texas but Joe Pub­lic can walk into a sports store and walk out with a shot­gun”, how does Sloane (Jes­sica Chas­tain) re­spond?

She says, “That would ex­plain the low rate of dildo-re­lated mur­ders in Texas.” Cor­rect.

2 In Shake­speare In Love, what are the three things Henslowe (Ge­of­frey Rush) says au­di­ences want?

“Com­edy, love and a bit with a dog.” That was a chal­leng­ing film to make. Peo­ple stand­ing on the side­lines said it could never work. For the We­in­steins, it was about how to get an au­di­ence to see a film that had “Shake­speare” in the ti­tle. They put the ti­tle out to some creative think­ing out­fits and they came back with some lu­di­crous ones. ‘Romeo, Juliet, Vi­ola And Will’ was one of them. They were just stupid. Cor­rect.

3 By what method did Anthony Hop­kins be­lieve that aliens were send­ing him mes­sages in Proof ?

I don’t re­mem­ber that one. [Hears the an­swer] That’s an ab­struse math­e­mat­ics ques­tion! The cor­rect an­swer is in Dewey Dec­i­mal codes.

4 At the end of The Best Ex­otic Marigold Ho­tel, Judi Dench’s Eve­lyn says, “Some­one once said, ‘Ev­ery­thing will be al­right in the end. And if it’s not al­right, then trust me, it’s not yet the end.’” Who is that some­one?

Sunny. [Hears the an­swer] You’ve re­ally done some re­search. Tech­ni­cally, I was right within the frame­work of the movie. I wasn’t even aware it came from a Shah Rukh Khan film. Half a point. The cor­rect an­swer is Shah Rukh Khan in Om Shanti Om.

5 In Kill­shot, what was the name of the cor­rupt cop played by Johnny Knoxville who got cut out of the movie?

You’ve stumped me there. El­more Leonard’s long-time re­searcher told me, “There is an ele­phant trap in ev­ery Leonard story and you’ll dis­cover where this one is.” We had to re­con­fig­ure it quite sub­stan­tially. The cor­rect an­swer is Fer­ris Brit­ton.

6 You di­rected ra­dio ver­sions of the Star Wars Tril­ogy for NPR. Who played Yoda in The Em­pire Strikes Back?

John Lith­gow, a brilliant ac­tor. We did Star Wars when Re­turn Of The Jedi was still called Re­venge

Of The Jedi. We were right in the midst of it. It was the first time I’d made a ra­dio play when the au­di­ence al­ready had the im­ages in their head. Cor­rect.

7 In Cap­tain Corelli’s Man­dolin, how does Cap­tain Corelli (Ni­co­las Cage) re­spond when Cap­tain We­ber says, “Heil Hitler”?

“Heil Puc­cini!” I wasn’t ready for the mael­strom of crit­i­cism when the film came out. I think the au­di­ence stubbed their toe on the idea of Nic Cage’s cast­ing but I’m still very proud of the film. Cor­rect.

8 What is the name of the fic­ti­tious town in Ethan Frome?

The lo­ca­tion is pop­ping into my mind. Oh, God… The cor­rect an­swer is Stark­field.

9 Who played Archie Brown in Mrs Brown?

Billy Con­nolly. No, no, no! The brother — Ger­ard But­ler. It was vir­tu­ally his first film. Cor­rect.

10 You have di­rected three ac­tors to Acad­emy Award nom­i­na­tions. Can you name them?

Judi Dench for Mrs Brown, and Gwyneth Pal­trow and Ge­of­frey Rush for Shake­speare In Love. When Spiel­berg won Best Di­rec­tor, there was an as­sump­tion Sav­ing Pri­vate Ryan would win. It was in­cred­i­ble when that didn’t hap­pen. There was an enor­mously long pause be­fore Har­ri­son Ford read out what was on the card. When I saw it again, it was not as long as I thought. Cor­rect.

JOHN MAD­DEN SCORES 6.5

“Six-and-a-half points out of ten? Gawd blimey, that quiz was re­ally tough.”

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