von Donnersmarck has returned...
Apparently those creative differences weren’t so big after all (either that, or the chance to work with Johnny Depp carries a bit more weight than the chance to work with Sam Worthington), as von Donnersmarck returned to the project for a second time.
With rumours circulating that Alfonso Cuaron was set to fill the director’s chair, von Donnersmarck clearly realised he was passing up a golden opportunity, and has been quick to reassert his enthusiasm over the project, particularly his pair of A-list stars.
“I think what people forget often when they talk about such great stars as Angelina and Johnny, they forget that what they are, really, are actors,” he told MTV. “I think that these parts were just right for them as actors. They can really show what they can do. Angelina is so charming and delicate and feminine and strong and everything at the same time. I think when I talked to her about that part and when we worked on the screenplay together, she saw that she could really be able to do something with it.”
And as for Johnny? “He shows so much of his own complexity in this part,” continues the director. “He's so winning, so charming, so funny, like he is in real life. I think in many ways, this part is quite close to who he is in real life. He is the most funny and charming person you'll have ever met.”
However, if you thought von Donnersmarck would be pinching himself over being delivered such a top cast, you can think again. He’s more or less taking all the credit for bringing them together!
“Believe it or not, Angie and Johnny had never met,” he says. “Through all the years that they've been king and queen of Hollywood, they had never actually physically met, so I was the first person to ever bring them together. So if nothing else, that was a really historical moment.”
Not that he’s boasting or anything…