I'm not sure where I saw it, but I remember a TV interview with Mr Hoskins where he talked about 24/7. He said that he usually had scripts sent to him to read through, and he would take them into the lavvy with him in the morning for a quick read. Most of the crap ones he could dismiss after a few pages, but he said that the 24/7 script kept him reading right to the end (being gripped by the story and the writing). This of course lead to a numb bum after sitting on the toilet that long, and for Mr Hoskins, that's the sign of a good script! After emerging from the lavatory, he said he read the script right through again.
I saw him talk to Chris Evans on TFI Friday, he said that thing about getting a cold arse sitting on the toilet. A few days later I went to see it. A few days after that I bought Smalltime (and where's the money ronnie) on vhs, for like nearly £20. The things we do for love eh?
We were very lucky to get Bob at the time. Back in 1997, it wasn't as cool and groovy to work with 1st time directors as it is now. The most amazing thing about working with Bob was how much he beleived in me as a director. He never once pulled rank or questioned my methods, which even extra's are capable of, never mind A-List Actors! It wasn't a 'Payday' for him, (quite the opposite in fact) it was a chance to really immerse himself in a character and to work with a group of really hungry young actors and a 'hungry in both ways' director. I watched the film back a few years ago and (even though I do say it myself) I really think it is one of Bobs best performances.
I just thought I'd chip in and say Bob is one of the finest English actors of all time and I love him for his passionate working class views. A friend of mine told me that his Richard III was one of the greatest stage performances he'd ever seen and that his loss to 'The Theatre' was definitely Cinemas gain. 'The Long Good Friday' remains one of the best Gangster genre flicks to this day chiefly down to Bob's amazing ability to relax in front of the camera.
As for De Niro... imho his last great 'performance' was in 'Midnight Run'. Really. That long ago. He's too busy to read scripts or take a shit nowadays. And Tribeca is too big a coffee shop for one Goodfella to run but it seems to have taken a lot of his energies. Would love to see a glimpse of the genius that brought Rupert Pupkin, Travis Bickle and Johnny Boy to life once again. He truly was a thing of beauty as anyone who has seen his Godfather screen test reel will attest. Lately he seems to have morphed into Spencer Tracy.
This is still my favourite film of Shane's. Maybe because it is the first film of Shane's that I saw, maybe because it's got one of the best soundtracks that I have ever heard or maybe because I'd just turned 30 when it came out and I connect it with a lot of changes that happened in my life at the time or maybe because it's just a bloody brilliant film. It made me fall in love with Gavin's voice and Shane's work.