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Thursday, August 22, 2013
Denver Westword's Amy Nicholson interviewed Brian De Palma for an article that was posted yesterday. In discussing the competitive nature of the women in his new film, Passion, De Palma tells Nicholson, "Men get very like two rams banging their horns together; women are wilier. They do things like, 'What did you do to your hair?' My first wife, her mother would look at her daughter and go, 'Did you cut your hair?' My wife would go, 'Oh, God — what did I do wrong?'" Later, De Palma continues, "Women can play a subservient role very easily — and know how to maneuver through subservience. I don't think you'd see a man do that. That's putting his ego on the line."

The conversation later turns to Mission: Impossible, and De Palma's decision not to accept Tom Cruise's offer to direct the sequel. "When they asked me to do another one, I said, 'Why would you do that?'" De Palma tells Nicholson. "Making multiple movies like Jurassic Park 1, 2 — I think Steven's going to make Jurassic Park 5! — that never made any sense to me."

In discussing his belief that most directors do their best work before the age of 60, De Palma tells Nicholson, "Even Hitchcock — he made eighty movies, and personally, I think his films started to deteriorate after The Birds." The article closes with a De Palma quote about the Oscars: "I'm telling you, these award things where people stand up and tell you how great you are, I avoid them. Fortunately, I've never had to deal with it."

Nick De Semlyen has a great little sidebar interview with De Palma in the September 2013 issue of EMPIRE magazine. De Semlyen asks De Palma what we would find in his browser history cache. "They're doing live trials online now," De Palma replies, "so I've been watching the Zimmerman trial. I'm not really a YouTube guy, though I did see somebody re-edited Raising Cain into the original order in which I cut it. I looked at it and said, 'I should have left it that way.'"

Asked if he watches any TV shows, De Palma replies, "I watched Dexter in the beginning and was fascinated by it. But when they extend these shows for six or seven years, they sort of run out of ideas, so I didn't watch the whole John Lithgow series. Even Mad Men is getting a little tired now. These things are ten times longer than War And Peace.

De Semlyen then asks De Palma if he saw Hitchcock. "Yes," De Palma replies. "I bought the book to see if it was actually real, what happened. I don't remember Hitchcock having problems with his marriage during the making of Psycho. So I thought it was interesting, but is it true?"

When asked about Ridley Scott's Prometheus, De Palma tells De Semlyen, "I didn't think it was as good as the original. It's not like Godfather I and II. There's a science fiction story that I've always felt would make a terrific movie: an Alfred Bester book called The Demolished Man. It's about a society of Espers, who can read people's minds. And then a great economic titan figures out how to kill his wife and not get caught. The rights are all tied up at Paramount."

De Semlyen concludes by aksing De Palma if he's a fan of Jason Statham, who he was going to direct in the remake of Heat. "Oh yes," replies De Palma. "I've always wanted to make a film with him. I've seen both Cranks and loved them. In fact, I don't think there's a Jason Statham film I haven't seen. He's been doing too much action stuff, driving cars and beating up people. He needs a more Steve McQueen-type part. But it didn't work out."

The same issue also includes a positive review of Passion by Ian Nathan, who says that during its second half, "Passion is transformed into a butterfly of hyperactive noir."

Posted by Geoff at 11:22 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, August 22, 2013 11:37 PM CDT
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Friday, August 23, 2013 - 9:51 AM CDT

Name: "Movie Geeks United"
Home Page: http://www.moviegeeksunited.net

I've been loving all of the De Palma interviews and press coverage lately, but discouraged that it seems like everyone has been able to speak with him except for Movie Geeks United.  I was looking forward to delving into his thrillers with him, which was something we weren't able to do the first time around.

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