Compiled by: Jack Foley
Q. With this film and the forthcoming In
America, we're seeing you now now playing actors who are contemporary.
Previously you've been playing characters from centuries ago (in
Amistad and Gladiator). Was that one of many appeals this role
had for you, to play a person of today, who also possesses great
dignity and strength?
A. The one thing that attracted me to it in the first place
was that this was a successful franchise. And also the fact that
I wanted to work with a great lady, who I had met on numerous
occasions at awards ceremonies in Hollywood....
The one thing that is important to me is to work with talented
people, who can bring the best out of you. That was one of the
reasons why I was excited about this, generally.
Q. It's not that long since you were sat here doing the press
conference for Amistad. You've come a very long way in a very
short time, so how do you feel about how you are progressing?
Are you feeling much more confident?
A. Um, no. But Tomb Raider was certainly a lighter film to
go into, and a fun film to do.
Q. Was In America a challenge for you?
A. Well, every film you make is a challenge, to some extent,
and that was an experience, yeah.