What was Dame Maggie like to work with?
Kevin Kline: Oh, she’s lovely. She’s magnificent.
Israel Horovitz: I knew I wanted to get great actors. I was too old to do a movie that might come and go without anybody seeing it. I wanted it to be really significant. So Kevin was my only choice, and Maggie was my only choice, and by God, they said yes.
Had you ever worked with her before?
Kevin Kline: No. No, no, no. She’s probably the first Dame [I’ve worked with]… no, I worked with Dame… actually Lady… Lady Olivier, Joan Plowright, who is maybe her best friend.
Israel Horovitz: Actually, Judi Dench is Maggie Smith’s best friend.
Kevin Kline: Ahh…
Israel Horovitz: They’re both 79, turning 80, and they’re both terrified to turn 80. They talk to each other on the phone every day of their lives.
Kevin Kline: She was great, when I stopped finally boring her, pleading for more theater stories. I wanted to hear about all of her experiences in the theater. She’s the ultimate, consummate professional. (to Horovitz) Remember the day when she faints in the movie? Even if a 30 year old faints…
Israel Horovitz: … there’s a mattress by you…
Kevin Kline: … you’ll fall out of frame onto a nice, soft mattress. We were like the first take and she just fell on the floor.
Israel Horovitz: She scared the hell out of us.
Kevin Kline: All of us.
Israel Horovitz: I did three takes and she would have gone on. I thought, I can’t be the man who killed Maggie Smith. And I said, “I’m very impressed that you can do that.” She looked at me with this kind of sexy voice and said, “You’d be amazed at what I can do.” (x)
1. This looks like the weirdest movie ever. [Edit: Someone told me it’s based on an awesome book by Stephen King’s son, also called Horns. Wow!! Now I totally want to read it.]
2. Daniel Radcliffe sounds like a COMPLETELY different person with an American accent. His voice literally sounds lower.
3. Oh look, a movie where Daniel Radcliffe makes friends with a snake!