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National Treasure - Diane Kruger Q&A



Compiled by: Jack Foley

Q. This is your biggest action role to date, were you prepared for it?
A:
I thought I was pretty fit coming into this, but I realised I should have gone to the gym more often. It was fun, I’ve never done anything this action packed before. It was interesting to hang off a truck for a week. It’s really challenging, I have a whole new level of respect for stuntmen because it is really hard work.

Q. Is it true that you intimidated Nicolas Cage during the screen test?
A:
I really don’t know where that’s come from. When I first met Nic I was incredibly starstruck, and I was terrified of not getting the job, and that he would think I was a terrible actor.
I pretty much avoided all eye contact with him. I think he maybe thought I was a little odd. But otherwise I don’t know where that has come from.
Cage: It comes from Jon Turteltaub putting it in the production notes. I wish I had read them before they went out. I’ve been asked this question a million times. I really wanted her to be in the movie, when we all did the screen test she was clearly the one who challenged – not intimidated – me. We riffed together, like music.
Besides that, she was doing Peter O’Toole impressions while relaxing between scenes, so I thought that this was finally somebody I could relate to. I wouldn’t say I was intimidated, I was more enthralled at the prospect of working with Diane.

Q. Jon made it up then?
Nicolas Cage:
I remember saying she was very challenging, and he changed that into ‘intimidating’. I wasn’t the one screen testing.

Q. What was the appeal of this film for Diane?
A:
It was lovely, I was sent the script when I was in Mexico making Troy, and I spent six months being really depressed and emotional in every single scene. This was the perfect movie to come along, something light and contemporary. And I loved that my character was so strong, witty, charming and smart at the same time. I’d never played that.
Nic was a huge lure, and the idea of being in a Jerry Bruckheimer was too. And Jon was just so funny when I met him on my audition, so enthusiastic, I felt this couldn’t have been more perfect really.

Q. I imagine your head must be spinning after the two years you've enjoyed? How does that feel?
A:
I’ve only been acting for three years now, and it’s been an incredible last couple of years. And it really happened very naturally, I didn’t go out to America to try to get work, it it’s just sort of happened. I feel incredibly blessed, and lucky, but I’m very aware of being the flavour of the month right now. My ambition is to be recognised as a good actor.
I will hopefully get the opportunity to show more range, I’m hoping to do more European films, more challenging parts in future. I want to do it all, and I really admire what Nic was saying about his eclectic choice in movies.
I share that and I really admire his body of work over the years. I really hope I get the opportunity to do the same, so I have been making conscious choices about doing those smaller independent films. I cannot thank people enough for giving me the opportunities I’ve had.

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