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How did you feel when you were

ap­proached to take on Papillon?

I’m not a huge fan of re­makes; the idea of re-telling the story of Papillon – it’s such a clas­sic – was a lit­tle bit ter­ri­fy­ing. But the more Michael [Noer] and I dis­cussed it, the more I felt con­fi­dent that there was real va­lid­ity in what we were do­ing, be­cause we were go­ing back and do­ing an­other adap­ta­tion of a ter­rific and ex­cit­ing story, as many sto­ries are told in dif­fer­ent in­car­na­tions. We cer­tainly didn’t study the film or go back and work from that screen­play or any­thing. We went back to the source ma­te­rial. What at­tracted you to work­ing with Michael Noer? He did a cou­ple of great films, R and

North­west. He came into the fea­ture world from doc­u­men­tary film­mak­ing. And so his sen­si­bil­ity is very raw and nat­u­ral­is­tic in his ap­proach to sto­ry­telling and film­mak­ing. You spent time in iso­la­tion to pre­pare. Do you like go­ing this far for a role? The times I’ve had the best re­sults in my ca­reer were where I was able to iden­tify a way of prepa­ra­tion that was a lit­tle bit more ex­treme and able to go and com­mit whole­heart­edly! JM

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