– In the beginning as an actor, were you confident enough to imagine ‘Someday I’m going to win the Oscar’? –

“I had no idea that I could be good (as an actor) when I decided to do it, because I had never done it before. When I first directed movies, I hadn’t made a short film before, or a music video, anything like that. I just thought I wanted to tell a story. I was convinced for many, many years that I could not write anything. I’m sure a lot of people keep saying “I can’t do that, you can’t do something you never tried before.” And for many years, I also said that I could not do something that I had never tried before, until I had a story that I wanted to direct. I always jumped to do things, just because ”.

-And did you find the recognition of the medium as time went by? –

“Yes, as time went by there were people who told me ‘You could be good at something like that.’

-Was one of them Francis Ford Coppola when you hired him to play Count Dracula? –

“Well, I turned it down at first because Dracula wasn’t on my target list. But he was one of the best film directors in America. For me, Coppola is like a movie superhero. If it had been any other director, I would not have accepted, but because of him I thought it could be something interesting. I even traveled to Napa, to take an audition test and when I got the character I even worked with an opera singer. “

-Did work and popularity, if any, affect your private life at some point, at the level that the pandemic affects the cinema today? –

“When I got divorced and became a single parent, I had to make the decision to stay home with my children instead of traveling the world. It was the time when there was a huge change in the industry and everything was filmed in Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria and all those places. Fewer productions were filming in Los Angeles and I had to travel a lot. When the Batman thing happened, in the first ‘Batman Begins’, Chris Nolan helped a lot in that regard. He is also a father and he understood my situation. And during the first shoot I traveled 27 times back and forth between Los Angeles and London, because we shot most of it in England and some places in Chicago. And I would fly even for one day, I would return for another three days, I would fly for two days and I would return on the weekend, to return for another week to work. I remember that once I took the flight, I got out of the car, I entered a building and that was it. ‘Cut, thank you very much.’ The next morning he was back on another plane to Los Angeles. Today, it would be impossible to do so ”.


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