Does acting still excite you? Is that what you want to continue doing or do you fantasize about starting a winery?
“It always excites me. However, now I want to recharge, not think so much about the future. I’m not in a passive state, so to speak, but I want to let things go a bit as they are. It is not apathy, but tranquillity. I can talk for hours about what I want to do, but it’s no longer filling my head 24/7 like it used to. It’s not the lost passion, it’s just a sense of satisfaction and pride for what I’ve done and for the experiences I’ve had. I welcome what the future offers me. It’s also nice to sit without urgency of any kind, without worrying about whether or not there will be new proposals. If you want, you can keep doing the same thing knowing it’s wrong, without having any intention of changing it.”
Is it a necessary condition to be successful?
«Entering this world is a lottery. The hopefuls are many, the odds few, so you have to be obsessive. Obsession always accompanies you, even when you’ve managed to achieve good results. That’s when it gets a bit problematic. That’s when you have to question yourself, because your dream is in danger of crumbling. This is where my work of simplification began, day after day».
Going back to epic-sized movies is going to be tough, though.
“Yes, I think it’s nice when you’re rested and prepared. But when you jump straight from one movie to the next, seamlessly, then it’s exhausting and you forget why you’re doing it. I am very happy to do things in a more limited way… Not limited… How do you say it?’
«Accurate. In a more accurate way. Before, when I said no to a film, I felt guilty. There was a part of me that said, “Who do you think you are? You never had this opportunity and now here it is! Do you want to let it slip?”. Now I don’t mind saying no, I’m comfortable and grateful to have this chance. I’m glad I won’t have to have this conversation 20 years from now, when my kids are all grown up and gone.”
Do you ever think, “I wish I had done things differently?”
“I’ve had older, more experienced directors tell me, ‘Don’t do what I did. They were referring to not seeing their kids grow up. What’s interesting is that while they regretted it, they were still there. on the set, which they had never left. I think involvement, responsibility, they are addictive, they produce that adrenaline that you risk missing”.
People end up doing what they want, even if it’s not what they really wanted.
“Yes, you can keep doing the same thing knowing it’s wrong and having no intention of changing it. It’s like saying: “I know it’s not right, but…”. I absolutely do not intend to retire, but as we said before, I want to have a more accurate approach to things ».