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Holy Crap!!! Quint interviews the SKY CAPTAIN himself, Jude Law!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with an interview I did with mega-super-huge star Jude Law at the San Diego Comic-Con. While it is a short interview, it's also a one-on-one, so that resulted in me asking the real hard questions... like "What's your favorite dirty joke?" I never squander an opportunity, believe you me!

Law is one of my favorite young actors in the business today. He totally won me over in ENEMY AT THE GATES, one of my favorite under-appreciated films of the last 5 years or so, and he continues to prove his range in pictures like A.I. (he was asked many times to do the Gigolo Joe dance during the SKY CAPTAIN panel), ROAD TO PERDITION and eXistenZ. Throw into the mix how damn prolific he is and you got yourself a super-star... I mean, it feels like Jude Law day over at I HEART HUCKABEES and ALFIE trailers both hit yesterday.

Anyway, without any further ado, here is my brief chat with Jude Law!

QUINT: Thanks for your time and thanks for supporting a film like this.

JUDE LAW: It's funny, but it's kinda rare nowadays to see stuff that's clearly the vision of someone who has pushed boundaries. He's really trying to go somewhere... it's not so much that you go somewhere that other people haven't been. It's more, I think, kind of tipping hat in the right places, you know what I mean? With respect to past movies. It's funny, a lot of people asked me "Was it a big leap of faith because this guy really hasn't done anything?" But it was clear to me that we were in really good hands. This guy knew exactly what he wanted to do and what he wanted to get.

QUINT: I know you were shown a clip of what the film was that Kerry Conran had worked on for many years... Did you see that first or were you given the script first?

JUDE LAW: It was pretty close. It was one after the other. I think Jon (Avnet) did it very cleverly. He just said, "Look, come and see this. I think you'll be interested." And he was right. I was just taken with this guy's clear kind of taste, composition... everything! I also didn't quite understand how he'd done it. I thought "Well, this is great! This is exactly the kind of film that I've been looking to make." Exactly the kind of character... I mean, he kind of fit it into the boots of BUCK ROGERS and FLASH GORDON and BIGGLES and ROCKETEER and these characters. It's that kind of hero if I ever played one I wanted to play, rather than the slightly more demented or twisted kind of hero, instead of like the old fashioned quality simplicity to it.

Then I was like, "Well, what's the script like? Is there one?" Again, I was blown away a second time because this guy's writing is beautiful and at the heart of it there's a relationship that you can transplant from any genre and it would work. I always like to say it's almost like AFRICAN QUEEN meets BUCK ROGERS. At its heart it's a very simple, strong funny relationship that we all recognize whether it's a mother-son relationship, boyfriend-girlfriend, mother-father, you know. They came in close succession.

QUINT: So, you knew right away that you were going to do this movie.

JUDE LAW: Absolutely. And I was also keen to get them to include me as a producer because I've been developing stuff on my own for a while and I just felt with this it was something I really understood. It was a world that I really wanted to add to and help out and empower Kerry to see his dream through.

QUINT: Is this the same production company you started up with Ewan McGregor?

JUDE LAW: No, 'cause what happened there in the end was... We were all kind of so busy at the time when the projects we were developing were burgeoning our acting careers were taking off and we'd end up just putting these things on hold for months. We realized in the end that it was kind of detrimental to each other to stop work... that we were sort of relying on each others' thumbs up to greenlight anything or get anything going, so we decided to part ways and do our own thing. So, this is the first for me under my own banner.

QUINT: Now, I know most people really started recognizing you for TALENTED MR. RIPLEY, which I totally missed on the first go around. I probably didn't see it until about a year after its release, but the movie that you starred in that really blew me away was ENEMY AT THE GATES...

JUDE LAW: Oh, really? That's a good movie, man.

QUINT: I really don't understand why it didn't get more recognition when it was released.

JUDE LAW: It's just a weird world. These movies... you just never know. What I love about film, man, is that shelf-life is everything. It's always interesting the kind of recognition a project gets a couple years later. The number of people that enjoyed that film and have come up and say so is more important to me than the fact that when it came out it had this written or that written about it or it didn't make enough money. Because in the end it's all about its shelf-life, its longevity. If people are still renting it or buying it on DVD and still watching it, then for me that's a job well done.

QUINT: Back to SKY CAPTAIN... did you know what the process was going to be when you signed on? The way Kerry Conran was going to shoot it?

JUDE LAW: Not completely. I don't think any of us did, to be honest. Maybe I'm sticking my neck out here, but I don't think Kerry did completely because Kerry was very clear about what he needed to do and what he needed to get from us in production to take back and finish the piece. What he didn't necessarily know was what we could do, whether it was Gwyneth or I or Jon (Avnet, producer) and I, but our experiences as filmmakers and how we could improve it, how we could embellish it, how we can give him more than he needed.

So, it was a median of two worlds, really, and we would all be looking to him saying, "Could we really get away with doing this? Can I do that?" He'd be like, "Totally. Do that." And then we'd say, "Wait a minute... don't just leave it at this... let us improvise a bit or let us do this." So it was really a healthy collaborative process where we were being led by someone who had a very clear vision, but we were equally able to say, "We can help you. We can give you more."

I think with any movie maker, if they're open to collaboration, if they're open to saying, "I don't know about this. What do you think?" You know you're in good hands as long as they know what they want to see through. And boy, did he know. And his references made it so easy for us to embellish and to make those leaps of faith.

QUINT: So, were you disappointed that you weren't able to play with any real robots?

JUDE LAW: (dramatic pause) A little. To be honest.

QUINT: Did you see those giant inflatable suckers they have out in front of the convention center?

JUDE LAW: Yeah, man. I want one!

QUINT: Did you see that the eye-visor things light up at night?

JUDE LAW: No! You're joking!

QUINT: I'm serious! It's very cool looking.

JUDE LAW: Awww! We gotta go and look! The only downside was that the gadgets in that world are so cool... Part of me was like... "Goddamn, I want that plane!" We had more of the plane than anything else. We had a wing and a cockpit, so I got to muck about with my gadgets in the plane. That's about it.

QUINT: I hear you're playing Robin Hood for Martin Scorsese...

[Law's eyes open a bit wider and he makes an inquisitive face... much like this one:]

JUDE LAW: Really?

QUINT: Well, you're playing Errol Flynn in AVIATOR, right?

JUDE LAW: (laughs) Oh! I see... I was going to say!!! Is he making ROBIN HOOD? I'm there! No... yeah, that's right. It's a blink and you'll miss it part. I'd met Marty a couple times and obviously was a huge fan and a great admirer. Not just of his films, but also of his commitment to preservation of films and his understanding and knowledge of old films. It was a really great piece. I haven't seen it yet, but I understand it's just looking wonderful. I had a ball. And what a joy, you know? For 5 days be Errol Flynn with Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett at the same table. It's like... Goddamn! Fun to do! And a good excuse to read a great autobiography. WICKED WICKED WAYS is an awesome read.

QUINT: What's your favorite dirty joke?

JUDE LAW: Oh, geez... What's my favorite dirty joke? Um... It's a long one...

QUINT: That's fine with me if you want to tell it.

JUDE LAW: A guy (laughs)... A guy has a boil on his ass. He goes to his GP, his doctor, and the doctor says, "There's nothing I can do. I'm gonna refer you to a private doctor. It looks to me like you should go, because this thing could get infected." So, he goes to this private doctor and the private doctor looks and says, "Gee, there's nothing that I can do. This thing is out of control, but I know this specialist you should go to." He refers him to this specialist. The specialist has a look.The specialist is appalled. He says, "OK. There's nothing I can do, but I can refer you to this one guy who I think might be able to help you" and he writes the name down.

The guy follows this address. It takes him down to these docks. He's wandering around these docks and he finds this old wooden door with a name. It says on the front "Peter Puss-sucker." He opens it up and there's this guy in there who has one tooth. He says, "Let me have a look." The guy pulls down his pants and there's this huge boil on his ass. He says, "That's fine. Bend over. What I'm going to do is bite into this boil and I'm gonna suck out the poison... It's the only thing we can do."

So, he bends over and the guy bites into it and is sucking the poison out. The guy can't help it, he farts in his face. Pete stands up and says, "Jesus, man! Blokes like you make this job disgusting!!!"

There you have it, squirts! Leave it to a disgraceful sack like me to bring you fart jokes straight from the lips of Jude Law. I have one more interview, a two-on-one with the director Kerry Conran and producer Jon Avnet, to go, so look for that one in the next day or so! 'Til then, this is the crusty seaman bidding you all a fond farewell and adieu.


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  • Aug. 19, 2004, 12:28 p.m. CST

    First-rate actor...

    by MCVamp

    Third grade joke. Gotta love it. Sky Captain, good or bad, has the right guy heading the cast.

  • Aug. 19, 2004, 12:34 p.m. CST

    yea ok, but this guy's got nuthin' on megastars

    by JAGUART

    Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Now those are real movies stars with charisma. Jude Law is just some guy you went to high school with that acted in plays and maybe did some commercials.

  • Aug. 19, 2004, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Jude law was excellent in Talented Mr Ripley

    by JAGUART

    When his Dickie Greenleaf left the film, you could really feel the loss of his prescence. Law really brought that joi de vie to the character that money brings.

  • Aug. 19, 2004, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Great interview Quint!!

    by Kraken

    The stuff with the Robin Hood question had me laughing my ass off. And that is not a dirty joke... that is a fucking filthy joke! Great read.

  • Aug. 19, 2004, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Quint!

    by Fawst

    Good interview, Jude Law is the fuckin man. A.I. was shit, other than Joe. And Teddy. It's great to know that he's really into this type of thing and not just a guy looking for a paycheck. Law is probably my favorite actor out there right now, I hope for many many more geektastic films out of him in the future. Maybe I'll write him one :P

  • Aug. 19, 2004, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Pure class

    by Dragonfire

    is what he is

  • Aug. 19, 2004, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Great Interview...But...

    by Sabowan

    Jude Law - the man rocks! What else can I say? Great interview, Quint. I especially enjoyed the dirty joke; hadn't heard that one before. At any rate, I'm really looking forward to Sky Captain, but I can't help but wonder one thing. WHEN IS THE AICN JEDI COUNCIL ABOUT THE DVDS GOING TO BE POSTED? These leaks have been running rampant for a month without so much as a peep out of you guys? Inquiring minds want to know.

  • Aug. 19, 2004, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Fart Jokes

    by Judge Doom

    A-hehehe, got to love these...

  • Aug. 19, 2004, 2:41 p.m. CST

    R.C.'s opinion: I hope Jaguart is being sarcastic

    by R.C. the "Wise"

    Matt and Ben are true superstars, but Jude Law has the makings of being a quintessential superstar. Moreover, if you attended the Sky Captain showcase at the San Diego Comic Con you'd know that the guy has an abundance of charisma, not to mention an unprecedented pressence (Especially considering he was in a hall full of 7,000 nerds, fanboys, and slightly cool people like myself) I mean, I'm no "MO" but that guy drew everyone's and attention to him every time he did or said anything.

  • Aug. 19, 2004, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Yes, I was being sarcastic

    by JAGUART

    because frat boys Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are what Hollywood is selling. Jude Law is what I prefer to buy.

  • Do I detect GAYNESS?

  • Aug. 19, 2004, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Favorite part of ENEMY AT THE GATES...

    by FrankDrebin

    They're looking at a map of the town, and referring to the "shopping district" and the "industrial district" like these places still existed, when actually there was nothing left of anything but rubble. I always wondered if the critics were afraid to praise the film because the "goods guys" were Soviets. I think they had gotten slightly burned for recommending DAS BOOT.

  • Aug. 19, 2004, 3:41 p.m. CST


    by Dannychico

    Got me some Springsteen tickets!!!!

  • Aug. 19, 2004, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Jude Law for Tintin.

    by Christopher3

    Both Jude Law and Kerry Conran for "Flash Gordon." Assuming SCATWOT doesn't, like, totally die at the box office despite the valiant efforts of AICN to turn it into the next "Pitch Black"-ish minor cult hit.

  • Aug. 19, 2004, 5:43 p.m. CST


    by Christopher3

    Where's Gwyneth and Jolie?

  • Aug. 19, 2004, 8:29 p.m. CST

    King of Kings?

    by Zephyr1988

    Quint, great interview. Yet I can't believe you didn't ask him about anything regarding his recent interest in the Watchmen film. Did he really talk to Arfonsky? Did he get the part? Does he really have a tattooed Rorsharch on his body?

  • Aug. 19, 2004, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Much gratitude to Quint

    by 221BBakerStreet

    and Jude never has a bad looks day, does he?

  • Aug. 19, 2004, 10:43 p.m. CST

    WATCHMEN and Jude Law

    by human2

    WHY DID HE NOT ASK HIM ABOUT WATCHMEN????? We heard the tantalizing report that he's a huge fan of the comics and wanted to participate in the project. Well, so maybe that was after this interview. But, dammit, I want to know. Maybe he could play Veidt?

  • Aug. 19, 2004, 10:55 p.m. CST

    The Law won

    by nova90210

    Interviews and trailers like these, practically guarantee that Jude Law will have a tremendous end to 2004 and completely nail Alfie...I am pumped to see all 3 of these movies.

  • Aug. 19, 2004, 11:40 p.m. CST

    damn straight.

    by joe brady

    This guy is the real thing. I know that this will never happen, and should never happen, but what about Jude as 007 in a remake of Dr. No? Or Thunderball? Or any of those early Bond films? Fuck, I feel like an ass for even suggesting it. Incidentally, it's spelled "presence".

  • Aug. 20, 2004, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Jude's the man! I like his response to Quint asking him about th

    by IAmJacksUserID

    "Really?" Hahaha, that was classic. I also think Enemy at the Gates is really underrated. The more I watch it, the more I like it although it has some inaccuracies. But Law has alot of presence and acting ability, as well as the look even though I am not gay. It's like that comedian that said he was straight, but he'd fuck Alec Baldwin. I'm not like that, but I can appreciate a handsome man. And Law is handsome as well as gifted. Hope to see him do more good things in the future.

  • Aug. 20, 2004, 12:36 a.m. CST

    wow, a staff member gushes over the celebrity they're phsyically

    by MiltonWaddams

    if you were trying to blow my mind, mission accomplished.

  • Aug. 20, 2004, 12:48 a.m. CST

    I Heart Huckabees

    by Gristle

    I watched the trailer for "I Heart Huckabees" three times. It looks fantastic! Maybe Jason Schwartzman will finally make good on all of "Rushmore"'s promise. And Naomi Watts's line delivery is hilarious. Boy, I love a good trailer!

  • Aug. 20, 2004, 12:59 a.m. CST


    by amadan

    I'd prefer not to see him as Bond, cos of whats happened to all the other Bonds-I'd only like it if they completely reinvented the genre-I just thinks its hard to look at all the others and see them as anything other than 007. I think the worst thing about EnemyATG was the fact that the main Russian characters had English accents, but the peripheral ones didn't, like Hoskins' Kruschev, and the Germans were the typical coldhearted demons-don't get me wrong, Nazis=Bad, but there was also the Wehrmacht, and they were just normal guys, in fact at that point in time alot of them would have been 16 y.o boys and old men-The best part? Ron Perlman :D

  • Aug. 20, 2004, 3:22 a.m. CST

    ENEMY AT THE GATES is HUGELY under-rated.

    by Cash Bailey

    The sniper stuff with him and Ed Harris is fucking phenomenal, you get to see Rachel Weisz' ass and Ron Perlman's in it! In the movie, I mean. Filthy minded perverts...

  • Aug. 20, 2004, 4:35 a.m. CST


    by scrumdiddly

    they made a biggles movie years was awful... but maybe they should - hold on, I changed my mind...hahaha

  • Aug. 20, 2004, 7:45 a.m. CST

    the reason Quint didnt ask about Watchmen...

    by Big_Bubbaloola

    was because Mr.Law only found out about the Aronofsky project last week from during an interview. This interview took place a few weeks back. Oh, jude also said he's got a tattoo of Rawshac (sp?), now how more fanboy do wanna get!!!

  • Aug. 20, 2004, 8:22 a.m. CST

    rawshac? Yeah, sp is right!

    by BarrelRider

    For future reference: Rorscharch

  • Aug. 20, 2004, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Enemy at the Gates rules and Jude Law would be better for 007 th

    by super Cucaracha

    although both are great actors, Jude Law has the smooth - I'll fuck your bitch in the ass twice - pimp player - looks. Know what I mean?

  • Aug. 20, 2004, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Jude Law is an amazing actor

    by Sod Off Baldric

    The first thing I ever saw him in was Gattaca, though it didn't really register on me until later. From that point on, I kept an eye out for him and have not been disappointed. His performances in A.I., Enemy at the Gates (awesome friggin' movie that's way too underrated), eXistenZ (also underrated; makes a great double bill with Avalon), and Road to Perdition are nothing short of brilliant. Can't wait for Sky Captain and Alfie.

  • Aug. 20, 2004, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Jude Law Can Do No Wrong

    by FrankCobretti

    That is all.

  • Aug. 20, 2004, 10:02 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    Actually, up until the siege of Stalingrad, things were going quite well for the Nazis and they had a surplus of manpower. They didn't start filling the ranks with kids and old men until a couple of years later when they were having their asses handed to them regularly. As for the Wehrmacht just being regular guys, yes, for the most part they were. However, large groups of them also partook in innumerable atrocities when the SS needed help with their slaughter.

  • Aug. 20, 2004, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Thanks, Quint! Great interview. Though "Enemy" was fatally flawe

    by Gul Shah

    It could've been a great flick--but the terrible (and I mean TERRIBLE) CGI left me with a really bad taste in my mouth. Some films overcome poor effects (King Kong, etc.), but this one didn't, in my opinion. Maybe I need to see it again.

  • Aug. 20, 2004, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Peter Puss-sucker

    by Banky the Hack

    I believe that joke also used to be the favorite joke of Trey Parker's and I heard he is telling that joke to Lisa in that scene in Orgazmo where T-rex attacks and he goes into the dream sequence with the "Oh my darling Clementine" music over the top of it. Anyone who digs that joke is okay in my books :)

  • Aug. 20, 2004, 11:22 a.m. CST

    *squeee*!! :)

    by viola123

    Thank you, Quint. Oh gosh, he's so amazing. Supremely talented and so very handsome, I kinda hate it that so many people have jumped on his bandwagon though. I was an admirer from when, but now it's all just part of this larger group of people, and it's kinda irritating. But whatever. Lovely interview, Quint. I love him and can't wait to see him in "Sky Captain," "Alfie," "Aviator," "I Heart Huckabees", everything! :)

  • Aug. 20, 2004, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Jude rumored to play Ian Curtis in upcoming Joy Division movie

    by The_Verve

    Says so here :

  • Aug. 20, 2004, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Jude Law To Star In Harry Knowles Production

    by Ra Ra Rasputin

    I bet you, go on harry deny it,All the dots seem to join up,Photos Interviews, who better to star in the Martian flicks than Mr Law.

  • Aug. 20, 2004, 12:40 p.m. CST

    no, the correct spelling is Horshack,

    by eraser_x

    Arnold Horshack. Long live the Sweathogs!! (I hope no one minds that I can't resist repeating my dumb joke from a previous talkback. ;-)

  • Aug. 20, 2004, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Jude Law as Dr Manhattan

    by shonin

    It makes sense, he even looks like him! He's got to be in it, even if he only has a cameo. I would dearly love to see him as John Osterman though, foockin awesome!

  • Aug. 20, 2004, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the link, Verve!

    by Thing-Fish

    Law as Curis should be fantastic! :)

  • Aug. 20, 2004, 1:27 p.m. CST


    by Thing-Fish

    Enemy at the Gates is one of my favorite war movies... I think the first time I noticed Law was in that movie Wilde. Have any of you people ever seen it? Stephen Fry (!!!) plays Oscar, and Law plays his boy toy, forge his name now. Pretty good movie (despite the fact I had to get used to seeing Fry in something serious).

  • Aug. 20, 2004, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Jude as Ian Curtis?

    by joe brady

    Never thought of that... perfect! It always bugged me that the guy in "24 Hour Party People" didn't look anything like him. I know they weren't really concerned with resemblances, but still.

  • Aug. 20, 2004, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Can't frickin' wait till Sky Captain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by coen_fan

    It takes major balls to make a movie that pays homage to "Metropolis", "His Girl Friday," and "Flash Gordon." Even if this movie sucks, which I highly doubt it will, I'll still like it and I'll probaly buy the DVD. Oh, and by the way, great interview. Jude Law is an extremely cool actor and, from the looks of it, not that bad of a guy. I never saw EATG, but eXistenZ is probaly Jude Law's (and David Cronenberg's) most underrated movie. It's freaky to be sure, but it's cool as heck.

  • Aug. 21, 2004, 1:04 a.m. CST

    SKY CAPTAIN promo cd-rom and poster included free with BIRDS OF

    by FrankDrebin

    On sale now. Different posters to follow in other DC comics.

  • Aug. 21, 2004, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Why Actor Interviews Blow

    by WoodyStiffer

    This is a case in point. Jude Law, one of the most talented actors around, does a part in a film, then has this to say "well, I haven't seen the footage yet"... WOW! Incredible stuff caught on tape! Like I've said before, actor interviews are crap. Give us interviews from creators, not hired guns...

  • Aug. 21, 2004, 9:55 a.m. CST


    by Evil Chicken

    Funny story. Wonderful interview. Great actor.

  • No Stargate music in the new trailer. No Stargate music in the film. 16 other movies' trailers used Stargate music, so why pick on Sky Captain for doing so?

  • Aug. 21, 2004, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Mr BD

    by ETI

    Understood. I just wish I had a dollor for every time I've read a complaint about the teaser music. Anyhoo, hear the real soundtrack here:

  • Aug. 21, 2004, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Forget Jude Law!!! You people should be discussing Laurence Oliv

    by Rogue_Leader

    Can you believe they ressurected his legendary dead ass for this movie? I mean that is friggin contemptable!! Let the man rest dammit. If this film turns out to be a P.O.S. I am gonna be even more furious they they associated him with such drek. Hopefully this film will be at least decent enough to not totally scar him. Personally I'll bet Laurence Olivier could give a better performance dead than Gwyneth Paltrowe could alive.

  • Aug. 22, 2004, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Larry Olivier

    by ETI

    Sweet merciful crap! First Stargate, now Olivier! Next it will be Crimson Skies! I'm sick of it! You guys haven't seen the film and have no reason to complain about it. There's a huge thread about Olivier on imdb.

  • Aug. 22, 2004, 7:53 p.m. CST

    DANG IT!!! Isn't this movie out yet??!! (heh,heh) Really, I w

    by JDanielP

  • Aug. 23, 2004, 12:02 a.m. CST

    5 days later, where's the other interviews?

    by ETI

    "I have one more interview, a two-on-one with the director Kerry Conran and producer Jon Avnet, to go, so look for that one in the next day or so!"

  • Aug. 23, 2004, 12:04 a.m. CST

    5 days later, where's the other interviews?

    by ETI

    "I have one more interview, a two-on-one with the director Kerry Conran and producer Jon Avnet, to go, so look for that one in the next day or so!"

  • 5 days later....