A producer, in many ways, is a filmmaker. I’ve been producing movies for about 10 years now, I’ve been writing books, I’ve done several television projects and I’ve had a few films on the road. I started out with small features I wrote as a hobby. But when that was all dry up I started to do television series.
I always say the “big leagues” are the things that make movies. They’re the ones that make the difference. So I’m a producer, but I’m also a writer – I write scripts. I like writing and directing. It’s really not that different.
How often have you seen yourself playing the father in your films?
I’ve only seen two instances of me being a father: one, in the “Lars Andersen” movie “Kontor”, in which I actually played the father, and then I played the mother in “The Long Voyage Home” and “The Longest Day”. But I’ve never really played the dad. It never occurred to me. I have a lot of respect for John Cleese, but he’s not somebody who has ever put the first act of his show on a father. I don’t think it would work in a film. We’d have to change the script. I never have tried playing the fathers.
Your film “Love & Friendship” has a father-son relationship. What did that mean for you to be able to go into that with someone who has already played that role?
It’s an odd role because it was probably one of the biggest roles I’ve done, it felt great. When I was doing the script I was trying to think of a little part and I was just not sure what it was going to be. Then one day there was a casting call for “Love & Friendship” and a girl called me and she said she had done the same role and got it but she wanted me to come out and audition at the very same room. I said sure, I’ll look forward to that. I arrived to a room filled with women and then I auditioned. It was such a strange experience.
What were your initial reactions?
Oh man, I was so nervous. There were about 75 people in that room at that point. I think about 10 or 15 were actresses that I hadn’t seen in any movies or TV before and they were sitting there and they were all talking to each other and saying “oh yeah, I’m
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