FILMCLUB Gets Made Up
Oscar winners reveals what it's like working with the stars...
Q. Out of all the movie stars you’ve worked with, who is your favourite and why?
Christine Blundell : “Robert Downey Jr – absolutely. The reason being that he’s been through it all, and I think that comes through in his acting. He’s very committed and very, very professional. He’s very versatile. I have worked with many brilliant actors, and I love watching actors work – there’s nothing that you can’t enjoy watching with a good actor like Imelda Staunton who I worked with in Mike Leigh’s - Vera Drake. Watching her do those scenes was brilliant. When we did Secrets and Lies, watching Brenda Blethyn and Marianne Jean-Baptiste was fantastic. But I would come back to Robert Downey as my all time favourite as he ticks a lot of boxes for me – he’s a bit bonkers; but he’s lived.”
Q. On Finding Neverland you worked with Johnny Depp – tell us all what that was like.
Christine Blundell : “It was very nice, very nice – Johnny is an absolutely charming man, he really is a ... lovely bloke. I’ve worked with him a few times – like in The Man Who Killed Don Quixote with Terry Gilliam. He’s great and of course very handsome, and very casual with it. It’s all about his family with Johnny, and he’s very choosy about what he does, he chooses things for the right reason – he enjoys playing oddball characters.”
Q. Who has been the most difficult person to work with?
Christine Blundell : “I’ll go back to Robert! (Downey Jr). He is absolutely the best, and the worst but I certainly don’t think in a ‘bad’ way….. he just expects you to be on it – on your game. Again, I put that down to what he has been through in his life, and he’s disciplined - he’s professional, and he will expect you to be as well. It’s the same with me, as I barely get to have a glass of wine when I’m doing a film – you’re up bright and early; smelling nice and ready to go.
Q. Where do you get your ideas from?
Christine Blundell: “Mike Leigh is a brilliant director, who’ve I’ve known for many years, in fact I did my first ever film with him. He taught me very early on something important - just to look at the character. I think that's what made us gel together so early on - he made me really look at people, as people. I’ve got a file of odd faces and shapes – I love people watching; I spend my whole life and work enjoying people’s faces….”
Q. What has been your greatest challenge in film?
Christine Blundell: “I did a film called The Constant Gardener, which was very special to me. We filmed this out in Kenya and a lot of filming in the slums of Nairobi. That was hard. I went with Lesa Warrener who has worked with me for twelve years now and whenever we go to locations like that we employ people local to the region as well. That was hard because we were filming out of tents in destitute places and it was very hard to be able to walk away more than anything else. You can carry a lot of guilt with you.”
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