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Neon Magazine Interview

As I understand it, this interview comes from NEON Magazine. (never heard of it) It was transcribed to me via e-mail. So here it is, and if anyone has any more info regarding the Mag or how I can get a copy of said interview, DO let me know

Neon(N): How did the part of Dark City happen?

ROB: Well, Alex said he'd written it with me in mind, and I believe he'd told several people the same thing before i turned up. I thought, OOh, that's rather nice.

N: What do you think of the film?

ROB: Still haven't seen it. My feeling at the time was that everyone was very pleased with their work. Even William Hurt seemed fairly pleased. The atmosphere on the set was very professional. Parties? Well, you don't spend time with Kiefer and Rufus without there being a few parties. I've worked with actors who...well, let's just say they might say hello to you in the morning and then again they might not. I always think, Fuck 'em life's too short. But there was none of that on this one.

N: Altough it's a major role, you only have about two lines...

ROB: I loved the fact that i could just swan in, do my bit and go home. I don't think movies should have too much dialogue anyway. Kurosawa didn't need much dialogue. Or David Lean. I'll always remember on Revolution the original screenplay had less than 1,000 words in it, and it was wonderful. But by the time Al Pacino and Nastassja Kinski had been cast, there were reams of dialogue which didn't need to be there.

N: You don't say much in Spiceworld: The Movie either.

ROB: From a producer's point of view, and the Spice Girls' point of view. Spiceworld was a wonderful notion

N: And from your point of view?

ROB: It was work. One thinks it's going to be fun, but after six hours waiting to do your five minutes it gets rather boring--that's the nature of the beast. Those of us who've seen A Hard Day's Night may not be moved by it, but then we're not eight-year-olds.

N: What's worse: Spiceworld or Jubilee?

ROB: I have to say I never quite understood Jubilee. I bumped into Derek Jarman after we'd finished shooting and told him as much. He said, "We're having a screening--come along, all will become clear." So I went and, of course, it still didn't make any sense. I keep running into Toyah. Adam [Ant] I haven't seen for years. I was always surprised he chose to become a pop star. In Jubilee he did very little and was rather fucking wonderful. Watch it again--there's something of the Brando about him.

N: You've just finished Cinderella, haven't you?

ROB: Mmm, yes.

N: How was that?

ROB: Working with Drew Barrymore was lovely--she's really very nice. But American production companies lack charm. It's called star-fucking. You don't get any respect from them. They think the size of your wage reflects the size of your talent. Which is bullshit. Though I do think the movie's going to end up being rather lovely.

N: Do you ever stick on the Rocky Horror soundtrack and reminisce?

ROB: Strangely, I don't.

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