HBO Premiere of ‘Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired’
The Paris Theater and Plaza Hotel. May 7, 2008. By Alisa Gould-Simon
You made this documentary. Did you have Roman Polanski's permission?
“No. Initially I sent him a fax and I didn't hear back. That was five years ago.”
—Marina Zenovich, director
What are you working on now?
“Dragon Ball, based on a manga comic. I got to dye my hair blue, ride a motorcycle and shoot lots of guns.”
What was the first Polanski movie you saw?
“Rosemary's Baby. I saw that when I was really little on an airplane flying to London. It kept me up for about three months or so.”
What's your next project?
“I'm writing a new fantasy film based on a book I read to my son, The Ranger's Apprentice. It talked about the terrors of growing up, so I'm looking forward to that.”
If you could remake a Polanski film, which one would it be?
“I would not remake any of his movies, especially the one I like best, The Tenant.”
—Naomi Wolf (GETTY IMAGES)
How'd you like the movie tonight?
“They did a good job, but after a while, I thought, ‘Let's get to the bottom of this story.’ It was a little long, I thought.”
Your new movie, Tenure, is about college professors. Did shooting it make you miss college?
“We were shooting at Bryn Mawr, and it's such a beautiful campus. I thought, ‘If I could go back to college, this is where I'd want to go.’”
Do you know Roman Polanski?
“The first film that Focus Features ever acquired and released was The Pianist. This was like watching the backstory to one of the greatest film experiences of my life.”