It's like going back to school. You know, autumn Time for Harry Potter.
What you do is get the right director and the right screenwriter and the right cast. It's a fantastic job.
It's a very bad time for genuinely creative people to do television or anything now. There isn't a huge audience anymore to get the big budget which you need to make good drama unless you get sponsorship or unless you get teen stars to be in them. That sort of ties in with marketing and Coca-Cola and all that stuff.
We cut a few lines that we were doing that seemed to repeat themselves. But the writer is around a lot, and he's not possessive about his lines. And so the important thing obviously is to tell the story as it was. Because the children will soon let you know if you messed that thing up.
My kids love it. I thought I was the coolest dad in the world when I got to be in a Bond film, but Harry Potter, too Well, I think I qualify for a medal for exceptional parenting or something, don't you
The person who comes up to you and makes the most noise and is the most intrusive is invariably the person in the room who has no respect for you at all, and it's really all about them.
I've got two young kids. I don't know what the future holds.
I had a very bad time with acid. I did that classic thing of looking in the mirror by mistake and seeing the devil. But I took it several times, because you always think that next time you might have the wonderful time that everyone else is having.
That's the trouble with anything which essentially has a lot of bits that are physically impossible: You're left, stuck, in the studio. And that's a shame. You're making a movie. You don't want it to stay put, you want it to be a movie - to move.
I just get the same stuff as I did before, but the price tag is much higher.
I sometimes worry that all the beautiful things have been made.
You can tell when people worry about things that don't really matter. For example, you should never worry about the level of performance you has given in that particular scene because there's going to be 10 takes, which is wildly over the top, it would end up on the cutting room floor.
Why is it trivia? People call it trivia because they know nothing and they are embarrassed about it.
And I think he's been very keen to do that.
I've written a script. I'm trying to flog... I want to direct, myself. Which is always difficult. It's a thriller. Set in the west of Scotland. All sorts of weird and wonderful things. Corrupt oil companies, genetically-modified food, the love, romance and death. And it'll go straight to video.
Well, I quite like animals, but they're unpredictable. I mean, look at old what's-his-name in Vegas. Tiger dragged him off the stage, you know The guy brought up tigers. They're quite unpredictable.
I love films where the world seems to be going a bit faster and everything's a bit brighter and more in focus.
It was quite instant that he wanted Harry's approval. Did you notice that? And the children sort of rescued him this time. It's a great turnabout. That's what happens as your children get older. They do things for you, and it's quite shocking when they do.
I mean, I'm obviously not one of those people who's so beautiful women take their clothes off when I walk into the room. I didn't become a star overnight.
Is it just me, or is the world full of beautiful women?
When you are new to the business, you think if you give a really bad performance, that's one they will print. You will be judged. You just have to be brave.
See, what you're meant to do when you have a mid-life crisis is buy a fast car, aren't you? Well, I've always had fast cars. It's not that. It's the fear that you're past your best. It's the fear that the stuff you've done in the past is your best work.
I've already felt that I want to direct. Being an executive producer is like the best job in the world because you make all these executive decisions and then you leave the money to other people. You don't have to be on set and counting beans.
Ninety percent of people's nightmares is standing in front of 1,000 people. Did you know that? And having to speak. You would have thought it would have been a madman tying you up and taking your eyes out.
I knew it was going to be enormous because of the number of people who bought the books, but, to be honest, I never thought it would be bigger than Bond. Never in a million years.
I think the shocking thing to discover is the owls are not stupid and very feral, very hard to train.
I had no chance of being mysterious at all. I used to put on accents. I pretended to be American because I thought they'd be impressed.
The backgrounds in Lord of the Rings are all explained.
It's was very hot, too. It was 100 degrees when we were filming in the park in London where we did some of the outdoor stuff. It was a nightmare.
I've signed on for four movies, and I'll do four. That's easy. No complications there.
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