Compiled by: Jack Foley
Q. Since you and Ridley are old friends, did it kind of follow
on that you would work together on this project?
A. Well, everything is more complex. My dream as a producer
was always to work with Sir Ridley. I mean, we're friends and
we were colleagues and I was his agent, but that's no guarantee
that our paths would ultimately cross in this new incliation of
mine. So when I heard that he was interested and excited about
the material, it was a dream come true for me and for the studio,
so when we came on board, Ridley and I have this sort of shorthand
with one another. It was just a really good thing for me and I
felt it was equally as good for Ridley.
Q. Why are we, the audience, so fascinated by the world of
the con artist?
A. We live in a world of illusion to begin with and what's
so interesting about the con movie is that.... in cinema, particularly,
the illusion is that, half the time, you're watching a movie in
the dark and you don't even realise that you're in the dark! And
today, with the state of special effects, half the time you're
looking at images that you perceive to be real, that are not real.
So in a con movie, you're basically dealing with an illusion that's
only about character and stories. And that illusion sucks you
in, in the same way that the visual illusion sucks you in. And
I think that an audience is very, very happy to go along for the
ride and be tricked, and we're doing it with good humour, and
for the right reasons, and where the illusionist is behind the
stage, giving you the magic. Audiences love the magic.