Geoffrey Rush

  • Aired:  11/14/13
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Academy Award-winning actor Geoffrey Rush discusses the challenges of filming a Nazi movie in Germany. (6:27)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Jon: WELCOME BACK, MY

GUEST ACADEMY AWARD WINNER,HIS NEW FILM IS CALLED THE

BOOK THIEF.

>> ARE YOU SICK.

>> I'M FINE.

>> WHAT IS THE MATTER.

>> WHAT THE HELL IS THIS?

>> SORRY, PAPA.

ARE YOU GOING TO TELL MAMMA?

PAPA?

>> DID ANYONE SEE YOU?

LET'S MAKE THIS OUR SECRET.

>> Jon: A SPOILER ALERT,HITLER DIES IN THE END.

PLEASE WELCOME GEOFFREYRUSH.

SIR!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Jon: HOW ARE YOU. SIT.

IN OUR COUNTRY THE NORMALPROTOCOL WOULD BE THAT THE

GUEST WOULD SIT AND THEN IWOULD SIT, DOES IT WORK

SIMILARLY IN YOUR LAND.

>> IT'S THE SAME.

>> Jon: THE SAME.

>> YEAH, YEAH.

>> Jon: WE HAVE SO MUCH INCOMMON.

HOW ARE YOU DOING?

THIS IS A PHENOMENAL MOVIE.

WONDERFUL MOVIE.

AND YOUR PERFORMANCE IN ITAS ALWAYS, I DON'T-- IT'S

HARD TO ADD MORESUPERLATIVES WONDERFUL.

>> I'M DOING GOOD.

WE'VE BEEN TRAVELING WITHTHE FILM THROUGH SOME

FESTIVALS AND GUILD SCREENINGS.

AND WE WENT TO THE MUSEUM OFTOLERANCE IN L.A. AND HAD A

NICE SCREENING THERE.

>> Jon: I IMAGINE THEY DON'TCRITICIZE YOU AFTER A MOVIE

THERE AT THE MUSEUM OFTOLERANCE.

>> THEY WERE BEYONDTOLERANT.

IT WAS GREAT AT THEHOLOCAUST MUSEUM IN

WASHINGTON IT WAS A VERY,VERY SPECIAL NIGHT BECAUSE

THERE WERE QUITE A FEWSURVIVORS IN THE AUDIENCE.

AND I MET A GUY, COME UP TOME AND SAID I WAS 14 DURING

THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND IWAS HIDDEN BY A VERY KINDLY

AVERAGE FARMER JUST ON THEOUTSKIRTS OF PARIS FOR THREE

OR FOUR YEARS.

AND HE REMINDED ME, YOURCHARACTER IN THE FILM

REMINDED ME SO MUCH OF HIM.

AND THIS GUY IS NOW IN HISLATE 80s I WOULD IMAGINE.

AND I CAN'T IMAGINE WHATHE'S BEEN THROUGH.

>> Jon: THAT'S AMAZING.

THAT'S GOT TO MAKE YOU FEELIN SOME WAY LIKE JUST

INCREDIBLY MOVED TO EVENHAVE DONE IT, TO EVEN HAVE

PUT THE FILM OUT.

BECAUSE I IMAGINE THEIRRESPONSE TO IT IS ALMOST

MORE MEANINGFUL THANANYTHING ELSE.

>> YEAH, WELL, AT THATMUSEUM, I HAD A BIG EXHIBITION

ON AT THE TIME ABOUTCOMPLICITY AND THE KIND OF

PRESSURES THAT PEOPLE WEREUNDER, IN VERY REMOTE GERMAN

TOWNS AS THE NATIONALSOCIALISTS WERE, YOU KNOW,

REALLY PUTTING, REALLYEATING INTO THE PEOPLE'S

LIVES.

AND YOU KNOW, NEIGHBORS,SOMETIMES GOT TERRORIZED,

WERE FEARFUL, WENT FORSELF-PRESERVATION RATHER

THAN A MORE HUMANE ETHICALKIND OF RESPONSE.

>> Jon: THE MORAL RESPONSEYOU WOULD THINK, WHERE DID

YOU FILL TESTIMONY, DID YOUFILM IT HERE?

>> WE WERE, IT WAS GREAT FORME AS AN ACTOR.

WE WERE AT THE HISTORICSTUDIOS IN BERLIN WHICH IS

WHERE.

>> Jon: WOW.

>> IN THE OLD DAYS THE YOUNGBILLY WILDER, LUBICH.

>> Jon: RIGHT, RIGHT.

>> ALL THOSE LONG FORGOTTENGERMAN FILMMAKERS, TARANTINO

WORKED THERE WITH INGLORIOUSBASTARDS.

>> Jon: HOW DID THEYRESPOND.

WAS THAT ON A SOUNDSTAGE ORARE YOU ON A STREET AND THEY

DRESSED THE STREET AND DOLOCAL PEOPLE GO WHAT ARE YOU

UP TO.

>> KIND OF BECAUSE ALL THENAZI STUFF IS NOW BANNED,

SO IT'S PRETTY HARD TO GETSWASTIKAS OUT AND BE SINGING

THE ORIGINAL LYRICS TOUBERALIS.

AND.

>> Jon: I IMAGINE TOO THATTHEY MIGHT THINK THAT A

MOVIE IS NOT THE THING THATTHEY WANT TO BE-- TO BE

REMINDED.

>> BERLIN IS, I HAD AFANTASTIC TIME THERE BECAUSE

WE HAD A PREDOMINANTLYGERMAN CREW AND FANTASTIC

GERMAN ACTOR, SO IT WASLIKE A REALLY SERIOUS

IMMERSION INTO HOW THEY'VECOME OUT OF AND ARE WRESTLING

WITH PROBABLY THE WORSTCENTURY THAT A COUNTRY COULD

GO THROUGH.

>> Jon: RIGHT.

I ALWAYS WONDER ABOUT THAT.

HOW A COUNTRY, WHEN YOU HAVESOMETHING THAT IS, THAT YOUR

COUNTRY HAS DONE THAT ISWITHOUT QUESTION EVIL,

COUNTRYMEN THAT WERECOMPLICIT IN IT BUT MAYBE

YOU WERE NOT DIRECTLY ORYOUR FAMILY WASN'T, DO YOU

BEGIN TO GET RESENTFUL, IALWAYS WONDER THAT WITH THE

BACKLASH AGAINST, IN THISCOUNTRY, ABOUT LIKE SLAVERY

OR NATIVE AMERICAN, WHATWE'VE DONE, PEOPLE SAYING

WELL THAT WASN'T ME, IWASN'T THERE.

IS THERE BACKLASH?

>> WE'RE PROBABLY GETTINGFROM ALL ANGLES IN THE

RESPONSE TO THE FILM WHICHIS, IT SEEMED, I MEAN AS AN

ACTOR I USED TO BE A STAGEACTOR I LIKED GOING AND

SITTING IN WITH SOMEAUDIENCES, I'VE SAT IN WITH

SOME PUBLIC PERFORMANCES,I'VE SAT IN WITH FESTIVALS.

AND YOU CAN READ THE HOUSE.

IT IS A DEEPLY EMOTIONAL,IT'S A SLOW BUILD OF AN

EMOTIONAL RESPONSE TO A VERYDARK CHAPTER BUT THE GREAT

THING SEEMS TO BE THAT ITHAPPENS AT DIFFERENT POINTS

FOR DIFFERENT PEOPLE.

WE'VE TRIED NOT TO BESENTIMENTAL OR MELODRAMATIC

ABOUT IT.

MY AGENTDESCRIBED IT AS A

FIVE HANKER CHIEF MOVIE ANDTHAT WOULD BE PRETTY GOOD

FOR THE POSTER.

BECAUSE IT IS NOTPRESCRIBING HOW YOU SHOULD

HAVE A RESPONSE.

IT'S REALIZING, FROM THEORIGINAL BOOK, WHAT, THE

WHAT THE AUTHOR OF THEBOOK HAS GIVEN US IS A

GREAT GIFT TO HAVE EMPATHYFOR ORDINARY PEOPLE IN GERMANY

WHO WERE SWEPT UP IN THISTERRIBLE KIND OF, YOU KNOW,

INSIDIOUS POLITICAL MAELSTROM.

>> AND HUMANIZING THEIRPLIGHT BECAUSE THAT IS

DIFFICULT TO DO AS WELL.

WHAT A THOUGHTFUL MAN YOUARE, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR

COMING ON HERE.

I REALLY HOPE THAT YOU'RENOT LIKE THIS NORMALLY.

THAT NORMALLY YOU LIKE TOGET DRUNK ON A BEER KEG

STAND AND -->> I DO.

>> Jon: AN GET IN FISTFIGHTSIN THE STREET.

I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUCOMING BY AND TALKING ABOUT

IT.

GEOFFREY RUSH

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