Compiled by: Jack Foley
Q. For you, Beeban, was it especially comforting to come
onto such a high-profile project knowing that your three principal
actors were coming back, and knowing that they had such a strong
investment in the quality of the project?
Kidron: Oh completely. I think the thing is if the three
principal actors hadn't been there, there would have been no Edge
of Reason - that's the first point to make. There was a new book,
so it wasn't just three characters looking for a story, you know.
And I think that the acknowledged nervousness of all involved
was a completely healthy thing. You know, why wouldn't we be nervous.
It wasn't so much the huge success at the box office. This was
a phenomenally loved character, you know Bridget Jones, and I
think Renee in particular felt that she had to hold in her hands
the hearts of all those people who fell in love with her in that
role the first time around.
Q. Did you get permission
from Mrs Ritchie [Madonna] to use her song in that one scene?
Has she seen the film and have you had any feedback yet?
Kidron: She hasn't seen the film yet. I sent her a note
today, actually, and said that I hoped she would come to the premiere
here in London. But I think that she's very involved in where
her music is used, and obviously we had permission to use it.
I think she is someone with a great sense of humour about her
own self and would love to see her work used in this way. We'll
see. I'm sure she won't be silent if she doesn't like it!
Q. Were you quite involved in the writing process then?
Renee: To some degree it's always a co-operative effort,
to some degree because you want it to feel natural coming out
of your mouth; you want it to feel like this is familiar to Bridget
Jones. I recognise that this would be right and, always, as you
go along, it always evolves. You know, when you get on the set,
and Hugh would say, 'well, what about this?' That's part of what's
exciting about the challenge, really. The writing came down to...
you leave that to the professionals, but it does evolve.
Kidron: Actually, in the process of making the
film, I had a lot of discussion with Renee about thematic things,
down to the words and the situations Bridget found herself in.
She may not have put pen to paper but she was a huge instrument
for the creative journey of the movie.