Over the last 25+ years of media production, working with various production persons left permanent lifelong indelible imprints. These imprints spans the totality of production slots, from producers and directors, various crew persons, to actors.
Mention ‘directors’ and David Nutter immediately is at the top of my list. I worked with David on the television series ‘The Adventures of Superboy’; his creative eye for capturing the mood of a scene on film is phenomenal. After ‘Superboy’, he went on to ‘The X-Files’ with some of the most thrilling episodes featuring his work.
For actors, one of my memorable experiences is working on ‘To Die For’ (1995) starring Matt Dillon and, Nicole Kidman, stayed with me throughout the years, prompting a firm admirer of Nicole Kidman’s work. With a career spanning over 30 years, at the top of my list is ‘The Peacemaker’ (1997), ‘Cold Mountain’ (2003), ‘The Interpreter’ (2005), ‘The Invasion’ (2007), ‘Australia’ (2008), ‘The Paperboy’ (2012), and ‘Stoker (2013) with a truly disturbing character portrayal.
Coincidentally, while prepping for an interview with the director of ‘Stoker’ (2013), Chan-wook Park, ‘The Interpreter’ was airing on one of the cable channels. It prompted memories of working on ‘To Die For’, and the films of Nicole Kidman. Mentioning Nicole Kidman’s performance during my conversation with Chan-wook Park he shared this insight about Nicole Kidman’s performance in ‘Stoker’: “Nicole is an actor who, if she had chosen to do so, could have stayed on more stable choices with big films and made a lot of money. The fact that she has chosen to be adventurous about role choices makes her a very brave actor, and, she continues to make those courageous choices. Its very, very admirable and commendable.”
I’ve often commented that ‘There’s movie stars, and, there’s actors’; Nicole Kidman is ‘One heck of an actor!’
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