Mark Lawson is a British journalist, playwright, and host of arts and cinema programs for BBC radio and television. He's been in the profession for decades.
Recently I viewed the July 23rd, 2006 episode of the BBC Four series "Mark Lawson Talks To" in which he interviewed aging director Terry Gilliam. Of potential interest to Wellesnetters are the following two excerpts.
First, regarding the production problems and commercial failure of The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and subsequent lingering reputation Gilliam has as a [Lawson's words] "maniac who goes over budget":
TG: "It was my comeuppance. All film directors want to be Orson Welles. Well, I got my moment. You know, I did my Citizen Kane in Brazil, and then I did my Magnificent Ambersons with Munchausen."
Hats off to Terry Gilliam for divulging the secret motive of all film directors.
And second, regarding the abandoned production of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote and accompanying documentary:
TG: "I can't watch the documentary. I mean, I've watched it enough times, and I just can't do it. It's the moment when you know - somebody said there's a moment when I'm watching, there's a scene on the screen, and I'm just - my face is gone, and that's when I know it's really over. Because I will - I literally think I am berzerk on every level. I will go right 'til I die to make something, but at a certain point you realize it's just not gonna happen, and that's when it really hits, but there was a weird sense of relief as well."
ML: "And that's the difference. Whereas Orson Welles - Magnificent Ambersons, the studio interfered, and he walked away from it and went and made sherry commercials and virtually never made another film. You're the exact opposite. No matter what happens you keep going on to the next project."
Hats firmly back on for the destructiveness of Mark Lawson's absolute ignorance. He should certainly know better, seeing as knowledge of such matters is his livelihood.
Reputation, reputation, reputation. I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.
Sto Pro Veritate