1. If you were in charge of casting the movie of your life, who would play you?
I actually asked myself this question several years ago, and in all that time, I haven’t come up with an answer. (If someone else were doing the casting, they’d probably go with Peter Dinklage — if he’s not too rugged.)
2. If you could dine alone with any person from any period in movie history, who would you choose?
Hands down: Groucho Marx (although I’m not sure I could withstand his barbed wit directed at me). If I were in a more romantic mood? Joan Chen (although there’s the matter of the husband thing).
The Tahiti of The Bounty (1984).
5. If you could eliminate one movie from the face of the Earth, which movie would it be?
In the real world, I’m on the side of those who say that no movie should be eliminated from history. Free speech and all that. But this is a hypothetical world we’re talking about, and in that world, my answer is Philip Kaufman’s xenophobic, blood-libelous Rising Sun (1993).
6. If you had to switch places with a movie star and live his or her career, which star would you trade places with?
[The author of the post said that he would choose George Clooney, not only because of the actor’s “impeccable good looks,” but also because of his good selection of projects. I also picked Clooney for the same reasons.]
8. If you were the bad guy in a movie, which film villain would you become?
Scaramanga from the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). I don’t want to kill anyone. But the threads, the women, the private island, the Christopher Lee coolness? I’m there!
To rescue as many lost, decaying, or destroyed movies as I could — especially Juraj Jakubisko’s destroyed Czechoslovak film The Deserter and the Nomads (Zbehovia a pútnici, 1968). I guess I’d want to make up for question 5.
10. If you could add one question to the Movie IFs Game, what question would you submit?
If you could recast any movie from any time with any actors from any time, what would the movie be and who would the actors be? [My answer inspired my post on recasting the role of the Fool in La Strada with Roberto Benigni.]