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Breaking & Entering - Jude Law interview

Jude Law in Breaking & Entering

Interview by Rob Carnevale

JUDE Law talks about reuniting with director Anthony Minghella for Breaking & Entering as well as celebrity, fame and what he loathes and loves about London…

Q. This is your third film with Anthony Minghella [after The Talented Mr Ripley and Cold Mountain]. Does it become tougher or have you developed a shorthand?
A. It certainly hasn’t got tougher. I think what’s evolved is a friendship first and foremost and therefore a sense of trust and an understanding of each other. So, if there’s a shorthand then it’s simply because, as one does with friends, one knows when someone gets it. Something doesn’t necessarily have to be reiterated.

Having said that, I think we remembered afterwards that we’d actually never sat down and discussed my character, Will. We talked about the situations and the architectural practice he works for an awful lot, but we never actually discussed him. I think that was because once Anthony had decided that I would play him, and once I was asked to play him, it just didn’t need to be discussed. So our shorthand is silence.

Q. What attracted you to this film?
A: Its themes are very interesting and very pertinent and relevant to everyone’s lives. Certainly to people living in and around London. So there was an awful lot to talk about just because it’s very interesting, meaty stuff.

Q. Have you been burgled yourself?
A: Funnily enough, the mother of my kids was burgled yesterday evening [Thursday, October 26] while they were in the house.

Q. With that in mind, do you still share your character, Will’s views of the world? Or are you much less inclined to forgive such thieves?
A: Mmmm. I think one of the themes of this film that’s most challenging but also most heartening is the idea of forgiveness. I would like to think that I’m big enough to forgive and be a part of a positive programme to help somebody who’s obviously in a situation where they find they have to steal to provide for something – whether it’s an addiction or just money.

However I also know that I’m a bit of a reactionary. Each situation is different. I was particularly worried about Sadie’s break in because the kids were in the house. I think that’s a different type of burglar to one who breaks into an empty office at night and takes computers.

Q. Has the media interest in your life ever affected your work?
A: Luckily, just about the only thing it doesn’t affect is my professional life. So very often work is a safe haven and a place where there’s no affect. To be honest, if it did have an affect [pauses] I’d probably go and live in the Isle of Wight.

Q. Breaking & Entering is very much a love letter to London. But is there anything that really pisses you off about living in the capital – and be honest!
A. There’s not an awful lot that really pisses me off. My own criticism is a very personal criticism and not one that a lot of you, fortunately, have to share. It’s the fact that strange men are allowed to lurk outside my house with large cameras and aren’t moved along by the police, and somehow never get parking tickets. That really pisses me off. Otherwise I love London.

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