JEREMY IRONS | PROCESS | David Cronenberg: Virtual Exhibition

He did once say to me,
“I can’t wait…” – as far as being intellectual – “I can’t wait to see what
the critics say about this film…” “…so we can learn what it’s about.” So I think he knows that for all – You know, when you… When you talk about David talking
intellectually about his films, that’s when it’s finished,
when it’s come out. And we all make patterns. We can all sort of talk
about something that exists. But actually,
in the moment of creation, you don’t really know. You’re following your nose,
you’re following your instincts, if you’re working right. In a very relaxed state at its best. At a very relaxed state, you are just seeing
where a scene will take you. What images suggest themselves, you know, to Peter Sus, to David, to what the actor comes up with. You are… – you should be – working in a really sensitive,
delicate place. Now, then you cut that,
and it’s all set, and it’s fixed to length,
and there it is, and then you can sit,
and talk about it intellectually. And indeed that will fill
interviews and copy. I’m not sure how much
it has to do with… the actual experience
that an audience gets. I think that’s really hard
to pinpoint. You know when somebody says to you,
“Do you like that film?” You say, “Yes I did like it.”
“Why did you like it?” “Well…” And then your brain starts,
sort of, working out things… which could be reasons
why you like it. In fact why you like it is because… something hits your gut with it. It makes you laugh,
or makes you think, or… . And language doesn’t really… – even deeply intellectual gloss – doesn’t really hit it, I don’t think. It fills copy.

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