Tilda Swinton Talks Being David Bowie's Clone & Shows Off Her Sense of Humor in Reddit Q&A
Of course Tilda Swinton began her Reddit AMA by addressing the website's users as "Redditeers." The actress, known for her ethereal persona and unusual dramatic roles, turned to the site to promote her new movie Snowpiercer. Her answers were, as one might imagine, articulate, informative, and a little strange. Here are some of her most interesting answers.
One of her most under-appreciated movies: "I made a film with Erick Zonca called JULIA of which I am extremely proud: in the United States it had a very small release by a great little and passionate distribution company called Magnolia.. but there was only so wide they could release it.. PLEASE look for that one.. it is something else.. and I LOVE it."
A funny moment on the set of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: "The time when Fincher failed to notice that BP and I had arranged two potatoes and a carrot in a specific configuration on the kitchen table we were sitting at.. and had to have it pointed out to him at the END of a take.."
On working with Wes Anderson and Jim Jarmusch: "Working with both Jim Jarmusch and Wes Anderson is like the summer camp of dreams.. with significant themic [sic] differences.. Wes Camp means all staying in a big house together and eating round one big table every night, none of that trailer stuff that big movies do, which tends to divide people out and make for lonely days (so I hear).. Jim Camp is rock n' roll camp, nocturnal, super mellow, like the endless morning after a crash-out sleep-over when noone really wants to go home.."
How she chooses her projects: "I first started making films with Derek Jarman in England in the 1980's.. we were very close friends and we made 7 films together over the nine years before he died in 1994. I learned very early on that filmmaking is amongst the most fun things that can be done in a group, in the cold and the rain in the middle of the night when the food has run out.. so ever since then, I have chosen the people first above every other element.. life is too short to be working alongside people you don't like A LOT for years on end.."
On the possibility of Narnia sequels: "I have always hoped that there would be the chance to make THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW.. the prequel to THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE - such a fantastic story.. the creation of Narnia and the Witch driving a coach and four horses around Victorian London at breakneck speed.. but no word as yet.. let's cross our fingers.."
On Orlando: "Orlando is a very dear memory for me: it was the first time I had worked alongside a project for so long - it took us five years, from first deciding to try to make it, to finishing the film - and Sally is a great friend of mine: we thought at the time we would never get to the finish with it.. but once it was done, we realised we savoured every minute of the ride.. if you mean would I ever play another cross-dressing, gender transitioning, four hundred year old English aristocrat again, I feel like saying it's not likely, as those stories aren't told so often..but then again, Orlando never feels very far away from me, somehow.."
Her favorite comedians: "AMY SCHUMER!! BILL MURRAY MITCH HEDBERG WILL FERRELL BILL HADER CHRIS MORRIS GRAHAM LINEHAN JOHN FINNEMORE and many many many many many more"
On whether or not she's actually David Bowie's clone: "The laboratory gave me strict instructions to issue no comment"