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INTERVIEWS/REVIEWS: Kenneth Branagh HollywoodNewsWire.net  "Sleuth Press Conference"  photo
Interview by: Izumi Hasegawa
Oct 5, 2007
Kenneth Branagh – Sleuth

Q1: What is the difference between approaching a film like this and a Shakespeare adapatation?
KB: It's always down to the screenplay to begin with and what is starts to tell you about, what's important here, performance was clearly the center of it, so it was about preparing and rehearsals with Michael and Jude separately and then together to try and absolutely work from their instincts. What did Michael feel the books were like that his character writes? The covers, the titles, all of that, the outside of the house? I'm trying to get that from both guys, and then try to find a way to maximize what they were doing in rehearsals. How do you do that? Well, find an environment that sets it all off. In this case it doesn't necessarily mean, and I remember having a conversation with the producers four days in where they got terrified that they hadn't seen a close-up yet, saying no, no, no, you'll get to a close-up. It's about Michael Caine 12 minutes in s...

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