Monday, January 10, 2011

One of our favorite interviewees wins a People's Choice Award. Plus, how we got the Tim Roth interview and other exciting stories.

Screen grab from our doc of Tim Roth, star of the TV series, Lie to Me.
On the set of Lie to Me - (l to r) PA Travis Rexroat, co-director Paul Mariano and DP James Laxton.
Even down to earth people like Tim Roth get fussed over in Hollywood.
PA Travis Rexroat stands inside the glass enclosed interrogation room on the set of Lie to Me. is the scoop on how we got our interview with Tim Roth, 1996 Oscar nominee, star of Fox TVs series Lie to Me and winner of the 2011 People's Choice Award as "Favorite TV Crime Fighter." We were interested in interviewing indie film fav Steve Buscemi, but we were told by his agent he was unfortunately unavailable due to HBO's Boardwalk Empire. This wonderful agent then said, "You know, Tim Roth is great and he is interested in film preservation." We said, "We know he's great, but is he into film preservation? Really!?" She's like, "Yes!" We're like, "Fantastic!" She's like "Yeah!" (the exchange went something like that). Our interview of Tim took place on the very cool set of his TV show at Fox Studios in Los Angeles. He was a lot of fun, very friendly, down to earth and shockingly photogenic. As you can tell we really like this guy. He told great stories and indeed has sincere interest in film preservation. He even twittered about the interview. One of the great stories he told was when he was a teenager in England he wrote Francis Ford Coppola to tell him that he was "available and interested in working with him." Francis, busy with Apocalypse Now or something, did not respond. Tim, being quite determined, also wrote George Lucas with the same offer. No reply. Fast forward years later to 2006 and Tim is a successful actor working with Mr. Coppola on the film, Youth Without Youth. He tells Francis about the letter. A short time later to Tim's shock the famed director produces the letter! Evidently, Mr. Coppla keeps everything. I can just imagine the scene: Francis Ford Coppola turns to Tim Roth and says, "To my archives!"

We now propose the temporary suspension of the game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" to be replaced by our game "Four Degrees of Tim Roth."
1. Tim was nominated and won the 2011 People's Choice Award "Favorite TV Crime Fighter."
2. Also nominated in that category was Emily Deschanel of the TV show, Bones.
3. Emily Deschanel is the sister of Zooey Deschanel, one of our interview subjects.
4. Their father and cinematographer Caleb Deschanel is also one of our interview subjects. (Caleb is a member of the National Film Preservation Board).
Let's see Kevin Bacon top that!

Tim Roth IMDB:
Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon:

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