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Hope Springs - Mark Herman Q&A



Compiled by: Katherine Kaminsky

Q. Does the hotel from the film actually exist?
A.
Yes and it's run by some very strange people. Sylvester Stallone stayed there while he was shooting 'Rambo'.

Q. Minnie Driver's character is constantly looking for somewhere to have a cigarette, is this in the book?
A.
It is in the book, but I embellished it as I was trying to stop smoking at the time, so I added the idea to a few more scenes.

Q. Have you given up?
A.
Err, No.

Q. It seemed to rain a lot in the film?
A.
Yes, we were faced with an abnormally wet autumn in British Columbia. On one of the few days we did have sun, we had to recreate rain, so it matched up with a scene we'd already shot.

Q. Heather Graham's character strips in one scene, which was tactfully shot so nothing was shown, was this a conscious decision to get a 12 certificate?
A.
No, Heather has been in a couple of films where she's taken off her clothes, and she didn't want to in this. She even had plasters covering her nipples, so Colin put some on his!
Colin Firth: I've been on set when an actress has been talked into taking off her clothes, and, years later, it's still mentioned... like Glenda Jackson.

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