We had a very tempestuous time. We were ready to kill each other. It was really great for me personally to realize that it could change from that.
I'd made this naive little documentary about the real Burt Munro, very early in my film-making career, and this character always stuck with me. I thought, 'God, what a great subject for a feature film' And it's a project that I've been keeping on the back burner ever since.
The optimism in the film is really based on my own experience of coming to America,
Sir Anthony Hopkins has been earmarked to play Nobel prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway in a new film, Papa. To be directed by New Zealander Roger Donaldson, the project has yet to secure funding although the script is based on Hemingway's encounter with Denne Bart Petitclerc, America's youngest war correspondent in Korea, who was inspired by how Hemingway reported the Spanish civil war. Hemingway was a great writer and a great character, ... If anybody can play Hemingway, Tony Hopkins can.
Hemingway invited him to Havana for some weekends and the movie is really about what happens when he goes there. It's a thriller, it's a love story, it's Hemingway as he falls apart and is suicidal. This guy was a witness to it all.
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