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INTERVIEWS/REVIEWS: Tommy Lee Jones HollywoodNewsWire.net  "No Country For Old Men"  photo
Interview by: Izumi Hasegawa
Feb 27, 2013
Tommy Lee Jones – Emperor
Four Seasons Hotel, Beverly Hills
Interviewed by Izumi Hasegawa

Q1: What did you discover about Japan in the process of making this film?

TLJ: Well, I did not discover Japan through playing this role, but in reading about MacArthur in preparation for this role I learned more than I knew before about the weeks and months immediately following the surrender, and the wisdom of MacArthur in bringing peace to Japan, as opposed to the vengeance that some elected officials in the United States were trying for. That tension was something I really wasn't adequately aware of until I began to read.

Q2: What did you pay attention to most in preparation for this film?

TLJ: What I paid attention to was the, his reasoning about so-called war criminals and war crime. I paid attention to was his growing awareness of the importance of the emperor, and the care that he took to keep Japanese society together and functioning so that we might develop...

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