In concieving the film, I realize how arrogant I as Director can get. It’s all about my shots, my conception, my vision. And then the actor steps on to the set and completely changes everything …
.. what he does with his face, his voice, his walk, his attitude is so fascinating that all I want to do is shoot him. I am talking about Jordi Molla, a leading Spanish Actor ( 40 films as an actor, and a director of 4), who plays King Phillip 11 , who was at that time the most powerful man in the world.
Phillip was a devout Catholic, who had taken it upon himself to change the whole known world to his own ascetic and fairly brutal form of religious fundamentalism.
Jordi is playing the part not as the obvious fundamentalist. He is exploring the character as a human being, and dare I say it, frail. Something we these days are so afraid of doing to modern day terrorists. Which makes the character even more scary. For there are so many aspects of the character’s frailty you recognize in yourself. Yet this is the man that caused so much suffering during the Spanish Inquisition.
And back to the point of my arrogance. In a film of this scale, and with a schedule this tight, a director must atleast seem to be planned and prepared with his shots. And in that planning there is a major part of my being that wants to express my being, flex my muscles.
What am I going to do when Cate Blanchette, for example, begins to shoot ? Will I completely alter my conceptualizations ? Will I want to linger on her close up’s all the time ? What happens then to the ‘style’ of the film ?
Who knows ..