My Terry Jones experience - Part 2 - 2nd third...
So the bar was packed and Mr. Jones wanted to take to us someplace quiet. “Oh dear, I think the best thing to do is to go backstage and find us some place quiet to talk”… Could it get any better, I ask?
On the way to backstage, Mr. Jones is singing the whole time. The door opens and aaagggghhhhh… As in amazement. It’ seemed like we entered Alice’s Wonderland. The actors were all tuning their voices, all of them greeted us extremely nicely. There were costumes everywhere, telephones, cars, remotes… An exiting frenzy! All that amazing and vibrant energy! We keep on walking further inside backstage. We finally find a wee room free where we can talk. The medic’s office.
Mr. Jones closes the door and sighs…”There we are, we got ourselves a nice little room.”
João takes the opportunity so straight that “terrible-terrific” issue up… To get it off his chest, as he put it.
I ask Terry how he had come up with the idea for the evil machines. We hear a loud voice “Atenção, 25 minutos para o início de peça, 25 minutos!” (Attention, 25 minutes everyone, 25 minutes) Terry looks at his watch (he wears it at his waist, not on the wrist) and says in Portuguese “25 minutos”.
TJ-“Well, actually I was driving in London. I was in the middle of the traffic when the titled just popped in my mind and I thought – now there’s an extremely good title. Initially it was meant to be a book of short stories, then a screen play, but then Luis Tinoco called me and asked if we could do something together, we had previously worked together, and I suggested the Evil machines.”
ME-I read that you were curious to see how they would solve the problem of putting machines singing opera and dancing on stage and said something like ‘It’s not my problem’, but then…
TJ- (laughing) Yes, they invited me to direct it. It was irresistible! I’d never done something like this before. I’ve directed movies, but never something like this.
ME-Were you pleased with the outcome of yesterday’s premier?
TJ- Well, yes. Actually it was the first time we did it altogether, with all the costumes exchanging and sets and all of that. It was a bit confusing at times. I think there’s room for improvement I’m mean, after all, it was the premier. We’ll get better as we go.
I guaranty you, I had my eyes wide opened and I did not detect one flaw. I’ll never get tired of repeating it: it was perfect.
I’m signing off for now. It’s 4.30am in Portugal and I have to get up at 7am. I’ll post part 3 tomorrow morning!! Promise! =D