I had the privilege of interviewing Alan Rickman,
a charming, thoughtful man.
Visited the set of Gone Girl, for the latest of my interviews with David Fincher (more below).
Had a frank, fascinating chat with Jack Reacher writer/director Christopher McQuarrie.
Spoke with the family and friends of J.J. Abrams, to discover what makes him tick, for this Empire piece.
Visited the set of House Of Cards, to talk with David Fincher, Beau Willimon et al about their groundbreaking Netflix series.
Interviewed Oliver Stone, to discuss his career, Savages and the perils of longevity: “although you have more experience you also have more doubt.”
One of my favourite interviews of the last few years was with Antonio Banderas, who was extremely honest and engaging.
Perhaps the most out-of-the-ordinary was a sit-down with the real gangster behind GoodFellas, Henry Hill.
You can download other interviews below by clicking on images or links. They vary in size – some may take a little while to open.
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Over the past 15 years I’ve interviewed many actors
and filmmakers, including Ben Affleck, Woody Allen, Christian Bale, Brad Bird, Jeff Bridges, Sir Michael Caine, Daniel Craig, Tom Cruise, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Douglas, Idris Elba, Michael Fassbender, Tony Gilroy, Paul Greengrass, Anthony Hopkins, Peter Jackson, Angelina Jolie, Duncan Jones, Charlie Kaufman, Graham King, Keira Knightley, Ken Loach, James McAvoy, Ewan McGregor, Steve McQueen, Helen Mirren, Jack Nicholson, Christopher Nolan, Edward Norton, Timothy Olyphant, Alexander Payne, Brad Pitt, Jeremy Renner, Mark Romanek, Steven Soderbergh, Meryl Streep, Rachel Weisz and Bruce Willis.
In April 2009, I produced Empire’s 20th Birthday Portfolio, staging photo-shoots with some of the most acclaimed actors in the world (click and drag to turn the pages).
Perhaps the most consistently interesting part of my job has been interviewing David Fincher, on various productions.
In 2005 I wrote the definitive article on the making
of Fight Club. I was the only journalist to visit the set of Zodiac and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button. I wrote a piece on the making of that picture for Total Film, before moving to Empire, where I visited Fincher in post-production. I also conducted a career-spanning Q&A with the acclaimed director.
I visited the set of The Social Network and wrote about it for The Sunday Times (behind the paywall on their site) and Empire (click on Geek Tragedy, above) and spent time with Fincher in London and Stockholm to witness the production of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, before watching him at work with Ben Affleck on Gone Girl and writing about it for Empire and The Guardian.
In December 2009 I spoke to Mel Gibson about his return to acting with Edge Of Darkness and the highlights of 30 years on film sets, having previously interviewed him for Empire’s Birthday Portfolio and Apocalypto.
Edward Norton only gave two print interviews worldwide regarding The Incredible Hulk. I spoke with him in January and April, 2008, having previously conducted a career-spanning interview with him in New York.