Compiled by: Jack Foley
Q: Ross, on the idea of showing it for the first time, perhaps
can you tell us what it was like for you to sit with a paying
audience for the first time?
A: Im interested in the whole process and Im not
interested in making a film that will, quote test well,
because the audiences are culled and theyre looking for
a certain thing, and the analysis is mathematical, and its
difficult to go through and tick off these boxes.
So for us to get feedback, we had friends and people were
close to view the film. And we went on opening night, in New York,
and stood at the back of the theatre for the audience reaction,
and it was awesome.
Q: Most of us take our knowledge of Japanese from Shogun.
How about you?
A: Im fluent in Japanese
no, I can get in and out
of a taxi and have certain phrases and words, but thats
about it. But it was an amazing experience for me, I loved Japan
Its complicated, its overwhelming, its like
this big congregation - beautiful and spiritual - and
also there's this big pop culture explosion. Its a really
interesting place and to truly be a minority in every way, to
not speak the language and all of that, was amazing.
Q: Where do you think Scarlett will be in five or ten years
A: When we started this film, she had a great career already.
I had been a huge fan of this film that she had done when she
was 10-years-old, and shes made a lot of movies since then,
with people like Robert Redford.
Now, of course, Im happy were seeing her at this press
conference because it going to be difficult to get to see her
because shes working so much.
Sofia Coppola: I second that. I took notice from when she
was a little kid and shes always made lots of interesting
choices so far, and Im sure shell continue doing interesting
movies, with good taste, that are unique.
RK: I think that there are a lot of scripts for young actors,
and I see a lot of them go where the big ones are, and do these
huge studio movies, but Scarletts pretty discerning in terms
of her taste, and takes risky, or interesting, or challenging
material, and I think that says a lot, and will pay off.
Scarlett Johansson: Thanks Ross!