Episode 1 Film 2013


Episode 1

Films reviewed include the hugely anticipated big-screen adaptation of Les Miserables, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in Gangster Squad and Irish drama What Richard Did.


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Hello. Welcome to film 2013 with me Claudia Winkleman. And Medan

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anyLeigh. We are live. If -- And me, Danny Leigh. We are live. If you

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want to get in touch, you can do so. Coming up: Les Miserables.

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Ryan Gosling and Sean Penn go head- to-head in Gangster Squad.

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You can't shoot me, you are a cop. Quentin Tarantino is unchained.

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hope people say it is the best western of the 2 1st Century.

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we have the very first look at Danny Boyle's new film.

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First, Les Miserables. Today, it was announced it's been nominated

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for nine BAFTAs. It follows an ex-convict and in his

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quest for redemption, there's a constant power struggle between him

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and the inspector as he runs away from the law.

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# Stole a loaf of bread. # It surrounds three themes of hope,

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love and redemption. Characters come in-and-out of that. My

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character falls in love with the young student boy who is in love

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with Cosette. I don't know what to say. It's a bit of a sort of

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everything - somehow this film covers everything. There is an

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action element. A romance element. And it is all within this form of a

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musical. # On my own

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I said to myself, "Don't get caught making the film if you can't find

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the people to do it." Particularly tricky with Jean Valjean.

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# Gave me hope when hope was gone # He gave me strength to turn it on.

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What is key is that Tom took the bold decision to sing everything

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live and every take is live. That had never been done before. It was

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considered impossible technically and for singers. With play-back you

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have to countdown, three, two, one and I have to sing. An actor can

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sit and sit and when they are ready they can start. It is true there is

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a child and the child is my daughter. The father abandoned us

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leaving us flat. She lives with an innkeeper man and his wife.

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I don't want to think about the alternative. I think it probably

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would have been a bit dull. # At the end of the day

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# She will probably be nothing but trouble. #

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I think getting to sing it live allowed us to internalise it. I

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think it added an element of danger to the film and made us all huddle

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together and really become a committed cast.

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# I had a dream my life would be # So different from this hell I'm

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Even listening to that, I wanted to cry! Shall I start? Please. Other

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films pull you away by your ankles. We know what film Les Miserables is.

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It is a West End show executed on the scale of World War Two. Tom

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Hooper is here. He is determined to do everything you could never do on

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the stage. He is pulling you in until you are three feet away from

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the actors. I think it's lavish and I think it is efficient. I imagine

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you hated every second? It is so moving. I have to explain - I was

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watching in a row of girls - we were holding - I could cry now! We

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will all do this together. We were holding on for dear life. We were

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sobbing. Anne Hathaway is so phenomenal. All of them - I love

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Eddie Redmayne. I think it is - I cannot recommend it enough! I

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thought it was brilliant. It will take you along. It is a

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masterstroke having the actors sing live. Not sure it is the first film

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to do that. It does mean everything is much more alive. Anne Hathaway,

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this is the big - this is the Oscar moment when she turns up caked in

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tears and snot and does I dreamed A Dream. Hugh Jackman was having the

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time of his life. Russell Crowe was a bit clogged up. No! I liked him.

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He is clogged. He is clogged! He is. The real star is Tom Hooper. It is

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like he is always there just off camera, like a mad conductor.

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all I would say is it is a train that you either decide to get on

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and you have to decide fast. You can go, "This is a bit loud." Or,

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like me and the girls, who gave it a standing ovation, we were alone.

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There was nobody there. We weren't drunk. It was the morning! I need

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to say that. I think - I was swept away. I thought the cast was

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brilliant. I don't mind that it is loud. What I have - I don't have a

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problem with it. People should be aware it is not just loud, it is

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loud all the time. Is it an impressive achievement?

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# He stole a loaf of bread! # Thanks for that(!) Are people going

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to get what they want from it? Yes. I felt a little like I had been

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rolled over by a tank. I love the idea of being rolled over by a

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singing tank! You must go and see it. Gangster Squad, the story of

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the LAPD's fight to keep the Mafia out of LA. It stars Josh Brolin,

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Ryan Gosling and Sean Penn. I'm so sorry. It won't ever happen again.

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You are talking to God! You might as well swear to me! It is Mickey

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Cohen's town! It is about Los Angeles in 1949. A gangster had

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taken over the illegal activity in the city and then the police chief

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Bill Parker assembled a select group of cops which he called the

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Gangster Squad. I have only one rule - leave these at home. We are

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not solving a case here. We are going to war. It is a based on a

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true story about this group of men who were able to overthrow Mickey

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Cohen. Who is he? Ten bucks says this guy ain't even heeled. Come

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over here and find out. Come on! There are a band of guys who are

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willing to work outside the box and take them down in any way possible.

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Please help me. Welcome to Los Angeles. I like anything that goes

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back into a different era. It makes it more fun to explore. I like

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doing a lot of research. The idea of doing a gangster movie was right

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up my alley. You can't shoot me, you're a cop. Not any more! When I

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was a kid, I was obsessed with Dick Tracy. I was a big fan of the genre.

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We want to talk to her. We have a message. The lady doesn't want to

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talk to you. I have seen all of the great gangster films - White Heat.

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That was my window into it. There was a similarity in spirit.

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will find out tomorrow! You will be begging for a bullet

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before it's over! Begging for a bullet before it's

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over. Thank you, Sean. What Gangster Squad wants to do, he

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wants to do for '40s LA what Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes did for

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London. I think you have a lot of neon and blood and camera high

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jinks. It adds up to the perfect camera movie for a 13-year-old. It

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is a 15 certificate. They will have to sneak in. That will add to the

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excitement. For anyone over 13, what it will feel like is that you

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have bought a ticket for LA Confidential. You might prefer to

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watch Bugsey Malone. I feel bad slagging it off. I really like the

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cast. I like the story, MS Stone, Sean Penn - dreamy. For whatever

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reason, I think the slow-motion, there is so much slow-motion, there

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is slow-motion where I thought I should go and see a projectionist!

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Why doesn't it click? Part of the problem is it is a cartoon. It is

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meant to be a cartoon. The thing is, if you expect LA Confidential and

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you get this, you will be disappointed. It's what it is to

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its very core. Right down to MS Stone. -- Emma Stone. I don't have

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a problem with her at all. I don't have a problem with Sean Penn.

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Panto season doesn't have to end at Christmas! I don't have a problem

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with that. I do have a problem with Ryan Gosling. We are all Ryan

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Gosling fans. He needs to find another character to play. He can't

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be this Indie Ken Doll for the rest of his life! LAUGHTER There is

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nothing. They used to get captive pandas and fly them around the

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world in the hope they would breed - that is what the film feels like.

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It sends the whole thing off balance. I don't think it is unfun.

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If you want an authentic portrayal of '40s LA, get a six-year-old to

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draw you a picture of a man in a fedora. Your main advice is if you

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are under age, sneak in, you will love it? Do it illegally! I'm all

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right with that. Now time for this Welcome. We have to halt film

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proceedings and say you have got engaged! I did. That's all I want

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to talk about but we are not allowed! Let's talk about - this is

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my favourite topic ever. You can talk about it for ages Scene

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Stealers. Why have you chosen it? Anne Hathaway will win an Oscar for

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doing so. This is one of cinema's great pleasures. It happens rarely.

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When it does, it is incredible. Judi Dench, she was on air for

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three minutes and walked away with the Oscar. What is five? It is a

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classic example of a soon-to-be icon and stealing it. This is

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Marilyn Monroe. Have a look. remember crossing you off my guest

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list. What are you doing here? remember her? I do not. We have

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never met. She is an actress. Eve. Good evening. I have no idea you

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two knew each other. This must be our formal introduction. Until now,

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we have only met in passing. She is such a breath of fresh air.

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You see her and there she is. She is not in training. She is fully

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formed. That whole persona is set. There she is. Extraordinary. Can

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you imagine at the time to see that would have been amazing. How many

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takes would it have took her? 43, I would imagine! What is four? Four,

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well, there was a particular school of actor who particularly in the

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1990s came in and they were very serious and many started out on the

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stage and exploded into Hollywood. Yeah. Can you remember when they

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did - who are these guys? I think the best of the lot is Philip

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Seymour Hoffman. Here he plays this rather menacing character who is

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only in a couple of scenes and walks away with the film. Here he

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is. Oh, here he is. Ciao. Hey, finally. Think what her husband is

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saying! This is the actor who raises the

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standard of the movie to such a degree that you think it is one of

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the best films ever made. I love it because of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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Thank you. You are both right! Sorry. Let's go to three. Three -

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this is a movie close to my heart and a performance close to my heart.

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I can remember being stunned by it when I saw it. This is the greatest

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gangster movie of all time. This is Jodie Foster in Bugsy Malone. I

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remember thinking she's not a kid, you are not a kid, and she is not a

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kid. She is 14 and not much older than any of the children in the

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cast. Let's have a look. I have always found you special. Careful.

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You are racing my motor! Give a girl a break. Are you sure you got

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the right fella? You are not like all those other saps. You have

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lovely brown eyes. They will be black eyes if they catch us!

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about smearing my lipstick? Come any closer, I will have to call my

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lawyer! She is so sexy. What is next? There is also a category of

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movie that is set up to be stolen by one performance. Think of

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Apocalypse Now. And a couple of years ago there was the movie about

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the financial crisis and Jeremy Irons plays the head of the bank

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who has to work out how to save the bank from complete collapse and it

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is the most complex, strange performance - is he a corrupted

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man? We are never sure. He is so good. Have a look. Do you care to

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know why I'm in this with you all? Why I earn the Big Buck's? I'm here

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for one reason alone. I'm here to guess what the music might do a

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year from now. That's it. Nothing more. I'm standing here tonight.

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I'm afraid I don't hear a thing. good. He steals everything! He

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steals the Lion King. Pink Panther 2. Quite! He does it with such ease.

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Let's talk about the number one. This was a seismic moment in cinema.

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You cannot take away Brad Pitt's appearance in Thelma and Louise. If

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you have a look at him, his whole body, that is - this is the moment

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that cinema changed. Everything - he did change things. Here he is.

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OK. Ladies, gentlemen, let's see who wins - Simon says everybody

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down on the floor. Nobody lose their head and nobody loses their

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head. You, Sir, yeah, you do the honours. Take that cash and put it

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in that bag right there. You have an amazing story to tell your

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friends. Simple as that. Then I just slip on out. And yeah...

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love how she is sitting there with her mouth open! Now he sells

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perfume! Who was going to be in yours? To be honest, Christopher

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Walken and no Dennis Hopper. He is such a show-off. Thank you very

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much. My scene stealer Jabba The Hut. Danny went to meet Quentin

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Tarantino ahead of Django Unchained's release.

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It's been 21 years since Reservoir Dogs. What are your memories of

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making that movie? I was nervous about every step of the process.

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But then every step - then I went forward and everything worked out

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OK. No, I was good at this. No, I was right all these years. So by

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the time that I came to shoot, I # I got the feeling something ain't

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right # I'm so scared in case I fall off

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my chair... # I was calm. I wasn't worried about

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being fired. That was always the thing in my head. Guys like me make

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a movie - I will get there and they - I will work for a week and they

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will fire me. That wasn't the case. I also remember showing up on the

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first day, the thing that let me know that I was making a real movie

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- and that is a home-made thing like I tried to do before - when I

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got there that day and saw the trucks lined up on the road on the

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set, I was thinking, "Wow, here it is. This is a real Hollywood movie.

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There's the trucks." You want to shoot me? Go ahead. Take a shot.

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didn't create the situation. I'm dealing with it. I'm acting like a

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professional! People would talk about other

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people's movies being Tarantino- esque. How weird was that for you?

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A whole lot of movies came out that you could put in that box. I had

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taken one of the oldest genres and that inspired people. They wanted

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to go down that same road. Some were good. Some were not so good. I

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took it as a big compliment. Pulp Fiction was very ambitious. You

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talked about Reservoir Dogs. Were there any moments on Pulp Fiction

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where you thought you had bitten off more than you can chew? If it

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works on the page, I know I can make it work on the movie screen.

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So that is why I sweated so much over getting the script right.

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know what they call a quarter pounder with cheese? They don't

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call it a quarter pounder with cheese? What do they call it?

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Royale with cheese. One of the things you have been associated

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with is taking actors who have fallen out of the spotlight and

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putting them back in it. Which of the casting calls are you most

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proud of? John Travolta in Pulp Fiction. I was the only one that

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was on board for that. Nobody else was down with that idea.

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# It was a teenage wedding # And the old folks wished them

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well. # I think he was not only an

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important part of the movie working, he was an important commercial

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component to the movie working because there was something

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glorious about that comeback. It reminded people how much they liked

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him a long time ago and so there was a joy to that comeback that was

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special. I think it helped push the movie over into being a bigger

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success. However, the casting choice that I have done that I'm

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easily the most proudest of, though, is Christoph Waltz in Inglourious

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Basterds. There was a serious danger that maybe I wrote a

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character that was unplayable and when Christoph Waltz walked in and

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just did the reading, I knew I had found him. If one were to determine

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what attributes the German people share with the beast... That would

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be the cunning and predatory instinct of the hawk. If one were

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to determine the attributes what the Jews share with the beast...

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Some directors come to each film individually. You have talked about

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having a body of work. That is very important to you. Do you still feel

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that now? Has that changed? most paramount importance is my

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body of work. And to be judged by that body of work. One real bad

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movie lessens the light of three good ones. It is keeping that

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standard up and keeping my name, a name you can count on. You can rely

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on my movies to be good. You don't have to cherry-pick them. If you

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have trusted me so far, you can Touch your guns, you die. How are

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you hoping Django Unchained is scene within your body of work?

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hope it is right there towards the top. Frankly, 20 years from now, I

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hope people say it is the best western of the 21st Century. We

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will see. What is your name? Django. The real test is not the Friday it

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opens, the real test is down the line, how is the film thought of

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ten years from now? How is it thought of after I'm dead. What is

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next? You have spoken about retiring at 60. How are you feeling

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now? Well, 60 is still ten years away! It is the idea that I'm the

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kind of artist, showman that likes the idea of leaving you wanting a

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bit more. OK, enough of this dude! Brilliant. We will be reviewing

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Django Unchained next week. You can see more of that interview on the

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film 2013 website. Next What Richard Did.

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The guards were here. What did they say? Were you there? Are you

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telling me nobody remembers Movies tend to rely on heroes and

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villain. What Richard Did turns all that on its head. Richard is a

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natural hero. He's a young man with a glorious future. Then a mistake

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is made. This is a film about mistakes and about guilt. I think

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what is so fantastic about it is it lets you draw your own conclusions.

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It is smart and subtle. It doesn't do your thinking for you. That is a

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breath of fresh air. I don't know whether you know this. I like films

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that do my thinking for me! LAUGHTER I like a big sign that

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says "sob" or "laugh". I'm very obedient.

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# I stole a loaf of bread. # That is my bag. However, this is a

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Claudia and Danny return after the Christmas break. Films up for review include the hugely anticipated big-screen adaptation of Les Miserables, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in Gangster Squad, and Irish drama What Richard Did. Danny also talks to Quentin Tarantino.


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