Film

BONS MOTS

B.D.J. June 7 2004
Film

BONS MOTS

B.D.J. June 7 2004

BONS MOTS

B.D.J.

Some festival chatter

WHILE PENCILLING a mass of cryptic doodles on a white linen tablecloth, Nick Nolte talks about playing Canadians in Clean and Hotel Rwanda: “Canada is certainly the best half of the North American continent.”

Shrek 2's Mike Myers on the Canuck menace: “We look a lot like Americans but we’re the enemy within! We’re the body snatchers!”

Maggie Cheung on being hounded by Hong Kong paparazzi after her divorce from Clean director Olivier Assayas: “I’m opening wine, and the caption would be, ‘She’s so depressed she has to drink herself to death.’ I’m with my mum, and it’s, ‘There’s only her family left.’ Immediately I looked for a flat in Paris.”

Gael Garcia Bernal, the red-hot Mexican star of Motorcycle Diaries and Bad Education, on being changed by fame: “I wake up with myself every morning so I don’t feel the difference.”

Michael Moore on his reversal of fortune: “I’ve gone from pariah to prophet. I couldn’t walk down the street after the Oscars without people shouting, ‘You should be exiled!’ Now they come up and shake my hand.”

Giving Moore the Palme d’Or, Quentin Tarantino whispered in his ear, “I want you to know it was not because of the politics.”

Charlize Theron on watching The Life and Death of Peter Sellers with his abused exwife Britt Ekland, her character in the film: “She got upset and one of her eyelashes came undone. She just ripped them off and put them in her bag.”