Parlez wrote:stroch wrote:Didn't Johnny say something about not liking Corso at the beginning of the movie, and liking him less at the end?
Right ~ I remember being quite surprised to hear Johnny say that; that Corso was a guy the audience wouldn't like in the beginning and would like even less at the end. As an audience member, I didn't get that impression of Corso at all. I didn't understand him in the beginning, and understood him even less at the end, but I never disliked him. I guess that's true for me when it comes to Johnny...I can't seem to conjure up dislike for any of the characters he plays.
Doesn't that sound so like The Libertine as well.
Parlez, me too regarding not disliking his characters. It used to worry me because I thought maybe he couldn't do dislikeable characters, but now I see it as him always giving them a more realistic dimension, in that everyone (generalising here) has both good and bad facets.
Back to the question: I'm sure it was one of those fortuitous coincidences...the chance of working with RP, a gap in his schedule, the chance to work abroad, the content of the film, maybe having read the book first. Everyone has things like that in life. A combination of little choices which end up making a big difference.