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Quint's quickie email interview with Guy Ritchie!!! We talk REVOLVER and ROCKNROLLA!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I have a really short quickie interview for you folks that I did via email with Guy Ritchie. We were supposed to arrange a phone interview (which would have been a bit less impersonal and tad longer), but because of a brainfart on my end the only place we could reschedule was to do a quick email interview. I'm running this just before I'm set to run out the door for BNAT. Hopefully I didn't fudge up the coding... Enjoy our short chat about his latest film, REVOLVER and a little bit at the end regarding his new one, ROCKNROLLA starring Gerard Butler!

Quint: I know the film was released in a different form overseas. Did it benefit you for the North American release to have a full run in other countries first?

Guy Ritchie: I was happy with the film before the cuts. However, I had time on my hands between the two releases so, we cut out a narrative, which was not imperative, in order to make the story easier to follow. I am happy with either cut, but, I think the second one is easier to follow.

Q: Has there been a vastly different reaction between the two cuts?

GR: It depends on who you talk to. The challenge is the concept, but, has the concept become more accessible? The answer would be yes, but, it doesn’t make it an easy concept for the mind to grasp no matter how easy you make it - it's never going to be vastly popular or accessible, unless you really pay attention. That’s simply the nature of the concept.

Q: Can you talk about working with Luc Besson. What was the process like?

GR: Luc was very helpful. He enjoyed it and he understood it, so, life was easy there.

Q: Revolver is by far your most complex film. Was scripting difficult or was the process exactly the same as the rest of your movies?

GR: I don’t think Revolver is complex, but, it is tricky. I know it is hard to appreciate, but it's simple in the fact that it's about a man recognizing that he is his own worst enemy and, that's really it. The rest of it is commentary, but the mind makes it complex, and, there is a reason the mind does this. The movie is about that reason. If you get the trick the mind is pulling, it becomes a rewarding experience.

Q: There's a definite film noir feel to your film. Do you have any specific influences?

GR: None that spring to mind. I think most of my influences are a sort of subconscious. I steal a bit here and I am inspired a bit there, but, if you asked me from where, I’d be stumped.

Q: You always seem to gather fantastic casts. Your next film, ROCKNROLLA, has, in my opinion, your best cast yet. I'm a huge fan of Tom Wilkinson and Jeremy Piven in particular. Can you give us a taste of what we're in for with ROCKNROLLA?

GR: RocknRolla is about modern London - how it has usurped New York as the new cultural and financial capital of the world. There has been a massive influx of very rich and poor people in the last decade and, this has had massive influence on the way just about everything is done. I am interested in the Russian billionaire thing and the crime that follows it.

Q: Do you have anything else in the pipe-line?

GR: After that, I want to do a war movie.

Q: That's about all I have at the moment. Thanks so much for taking the time to answer these questions.

GR: Thank you my good man. Guy.

-Quint quint@aintitcool.com


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  • Dec. 8, 2007, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Shit, if I knew this thread was going up, I would've

    by CreasyBear

    saved my breath in the last Ritchie thread.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Well, not THAT interesting...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...but I know worse interviews.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Alt title: THE AYATOLLAH OF ROCKNROLLA !

    by Pound Sand

    that way, he could get Madge in a burkah.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 10:40 a.m. CST

    When can we see a Rocknrolla trailer?

    by torontoxic

    Revolver was amazing.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 10:58 a.m. CST

    RockaRolla

    by Staldo

    I was excited for a second when I thought Ritchie was doing a Judas Priest biopic. That would be awesome. I know he's not British, but Edward Norton for young Rob Halford all the way.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 11:07 a.m. CST

    "Do you have any specific influences?"

    by wilsonfisk89

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 11:08 a.m. CST

    "None that Spring to Mind."

    by wilsonfisk89

    No, really? You mean your films are uninspired....Hmmm

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Amazing insight into the mind of Guy Ritchie!

    by Robusto

    Even Madonna knows living in London is so much more trendy than living in New York. Just fake an accent and you're in!

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 11:26 a.m. CST

    HACK

    by wilsonfisk89

    lets admit that people. Sure you thought smoking barrells was cool a few years ago, but hes a one trick pony. Jeremy Piven, London..Oooohh, like you cant picture that flick in your head already. Dude is a hack, an uninspired, talentless hack...

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Ebert:

    by wilsonfisk89

    By Roger Ebert Guy Ritchie's "Revolver" is a frothing mad film that thrashes against its very sprocket holes in an attempt to bash its brains out against the projector. It seems designed to punish the audience for buying tickets. It is a "thriller" without thrills, constructed in a meaningless jumble of flashbacks and flash-forwards and subtitles and mottos and messages and scenes that are deconstructed, reconstructed and self-destructed. I wanted to signal the projectionist to put a gun to it.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Guy Ritchie is hardly a hack.

    by rbatty024

    He's a talented director who makes decent movies. Nothing more, nothing less. He's hardly great, but he makes well crafted entertainment. Maybe if every other film Hollywood was turning out ended up being as good as Ritchie's first two then you can call him a hack, but unfortunately most movies that come out are limp and uninspired.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 1:35 p.m. CST

    designed to punish the audience for buying tickets

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Well put, he of the Ebert-sack-chins.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 2:44 p.m. CST

    I'm interested to see...

    by loafroaster

    ...how the US cut differs from the 2005 UK version. Because that was really, really awful.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 4:14 p.m. CST

    "He's a talented director who makes decent movies."

    by loafroaster

    Emmm...have you seen Swept Away? Of his four films, Lock Stock was pretty good, and Snatch, while enjoyable, was basically a carbon copy of Lock Stock with added Brad Pitt (doing the worst Irish accent since, well, Brad Pitt in The Devil's Own). So one good film, one decent film, and two absolute turkeys. Not a good track record.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 6 p.m. CST

    man...

    by Madrizzle

    My movies not incoherent shite....you just dont GET IT. fuck off richie you mug.

  • Dec. 9, 2007, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Ritchie is the f'n man

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    Because I was so entertained by his first two movies, Ritchie could join the church of scientology, smack my momma across the face, and make Madonna cocktease me until I almost splooge, and then come in and throw a bucket of ice all over my groinage, and I would still think he's the f'n man.

  • Dec. 9, 2007, 2:17 a.m. CST

    this interview really set my world on fire...

    by JimCurry

    that's okay, I didn't like my world anyway. My world sucked, it needeed THIS interview, which was really amazing, to destroy it. THANKS interview! (And thanks for not asking "What kind of war movie?" - that question would have been stupid.)

  • Dec. 9, 2007, 2:48 a.m. CST

    'Cholera's Ghost..

    by Fixthe Fernback

    Ever thought about writing for AICN? 'cause you got Harry's style down pat.

  • Dec. 9, 2007, 3 a.m. CST

    Leobloom ..

    by Fixthe Fernback

    I'm sure any modern-day couple in a healthy sexual relationship have experimented in the bedroom. Especially when one has a partner famous for her liberal sexual attitudes. Further, it is quite common for chocolate to be used in such circumstances, so one can assume that the chances are quite high that Madonnas pussy juices have at one time or another been "coated" or, at least, intermingled with some form of cocoa-based product.

  • Dec. 9, 2007, 4:49 a.m. CST

    Another crime movie...yawn

    by metaluna

    Does Guy Ritchie think this is somehow still interesting? Is he going to have all his characters doing a cor blimey mockney accent whilst in shots that slow down then speed up? When we realise that he has no influences, we realise that he's pretty much spent, creatively speaking. He's on some sort of bland auto pilot, churning out films for audiences with the attention span of a gnat. This new film wont be anything about how London is the new cultural centre and more about lunking Russian stereotypes blowing people away with a few mockney east enders running about inbetween. Just you watch.

  • Dec. 9, 2007, 6:28 a.m. CST

    by loafroaster

    "This new film wont be anything about how London is the new cultural centre and more about lunking Russian stereotypes blowing people away with a few mockney east enders running about inbetween." I'd rather Guy Ritchie do somthing like this again than try something 'different' like Revolver. Lock Stock and Snatch may have been full of stereotypes and dody accents, but at least they were entertaining.

  • Dec. 9, 2007, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Loafroaster

    by MC-909

    Pitt wasn't doing an irish accent. It was gypsy (I forgot the technical term for it).

  • Dec. 9, 2007, 12:56 p.m. CST

    I was very drunk and high last night, tehDude

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    That is the secret to success in writing to intemperate lengths of juvenile hyperbolic self-indulgence. You're welcome.

  • Dec. 9, 2007, 1 p.m. CST

    high...

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    on life, I mean...(?)

  • Dec. 9, 2007, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Nevertheless

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    I stand firmly by what I said.

  • Dec. 9, 2007, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Entertaining?

    by metaluna

    The same way that picking my nose is entertaining. It's disgusting, stupid and I stopped doing it when I was 15. I wish Guy Ritchie would stop making movies too, round about that age. One can but wish.

  • Dec. 9, 2007, 2:18 p.m. CST

    brad pitts accent on snatch was fecking class

    by bongo123

    if you ever talked to proper irish pikeys you'd be amazed at how brilliantly pitt pulled it off, the man fucking hilarious in snatch, its up there with his performance in fightclub... "do ye wanna buy a dag" "what the fook do i want caravan with no wheels fer" pure comedy gold

  • Dec. 9, 2007, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Indeed, tehdude, more likely than not "'coated'..."

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    "...or, at least, intermingled with some form of cocoa-based product," in one or more instances. Disgusting, I know, but that is the only reasonable scientific conclusion to the question.

  • Dec. 9, 2007, 11:27 p.m. CST

    What's is wrong with working

    by comedian_x

    within a genre if you do it well? That is like saying the Rolling Stones JUST do Rock'n'Roll; I wish they would do a rap album. Or William Gibson JUST writes Sci-Fi.

  • Dec. 10, 2007, 4:28 a.m. CST

    Ritchie's a talent, but so far a 'one trick pony'

    by KillaKane

    Revolver has been and gone in the UK, and widely recieved a critical mauling for it's pretensions and confused structure. Swept Away was a mistep that likely prompted Ritchie to return to a genre he know's and feels comfortable with, only in Revolver's case, imbued with the kind of psuedo-Goddard affectation that many attributed to Madges influence on him. I'd like to see him try something other than an East-end crime caper, maybe an adaptation of an acclaimed literary property. In any event he's going to burn out if he sticks to one genre.

  • Dec. 10, 2007, 7:27 a.m. CST

    London/New York

    by Elliot Cowan

    "RocknRolla is about modern London - how it has usurped New York as the new cultural and financial capital of the world." As someone who has lived in both places I can state without a doubt that this comment is complete and utter nonsense.

  • Dec. 10, 2007, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Mr. Madonna

    by FuckKnowles

    is still making movies? Who knew?

  • Dec. 10, 2007, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Layer Cake 2: Just Desserts

    by Spandau Belly

    Ritchie says "This is a film about how cultural changes and cuisine analogies have really impacted the urban sprall of London, making it a cultural mecca for double crosses and twist endings to rival Tokyo."

  • Dec. 10, 2007, 6:12 p.m. CST

    No, he's remaking Rockadoodle

    by Reel American Hero

  • Dec. 11, 2007, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Revolver

    by dab

    Was a good film the critics had just decided that it was time to knock Ritchie "down to size" hence the reviews. But what moron lets a critic decide what they can and cannot like you know what they say about opinions...