gold ugg boots A Second Interview with Alan Parker
Q: Alan, this is an historic spot [the Casa Rosada balcony] we’re standing on. Just how does it feel?
ALAN PARKER: It’s a nice feeling. It was June of last year when I first asked President Menem [of Argentina] if we could have the balcony to film on and he said, „No way,“ and he’s said „no way“ for the last nine months, so I never thought we would get it. Finally he did say yes, so it’s really kind of gratifying to be here. I mean, what would I have done? I could have built this in a studio but it would never have been the same. It wouldn’t have felt the same without all these people.
Q: What do you think about the Argentineans? I mean, here we are in the center of Buenos Aires and they’ve opened up their streets, they’ve closed off their squares for us. How do you feel about that?
ALAN PARKER: I think it’s pretty extraordinary. In this movie we’ve done some very difficult locations, but actually this square [the Plaza de Mayo] is like a back lot for me as a film director because the entire square is controlled by us. There are police on every single street. There are thousands of extras, and the whole thing is like a movie set, but we’re in the middle of the fifth biggest city in the whole world. So when you look around, it’s actually surreal. It’s like being in Trafalgar Square [in London] and owning the whole of Trafalgar Square to make a movie. So, the people of Argentina have been extraordinary. I don’t know of anywhere else in the world that would have allowed us to do this.
Q: Tonight’s the second night of filming. Last night was the first, and Madonna walked onto the balcony and got quite an emotional reaction from the extras.
ALAN PARKER: Well, I think you know that we had some trouble when we first arrived here. People were painting signs on the wall saying, „Go home, Madonna.“ So, it’s great for her to be allowed to come out here and do her thing, and for people to see how great she is and how well she sings that song [„Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina“] . I don’t think there’s anybody around, crew as well as extras, who can’t respond to the song emotionally. So, when I watched her come out I don’t know, I felt like I was having a dream or something. It didn’t seem real to me. I kept having to pinch myself that we should be so lucky to be able to do it.