I wanted to do something about the arbitrary nature of infidelity. There
were a lot of discussions with Fox about making it a marriage that wasnt
working, and I thought that was a mistake. I thought it was much more
interesting to have a marriage where they are really getting on well, and they
have every possible reason not to have an affair. So often people have affairs
when they dont need to.
I thought it was a very literate and smart script dealing with everyday
life. There are no easy answers in it, with a lot of gray areas; there are no
villains here. Its complex stuff, very contemporary and timeless. The
trick for us was to play this so that we were all identifiable.
Adrian always wants you to go beyond your comfort level I had been
warned. My objective is to please my directors, and to feel like Ive done
a good job to satisfy what their vision is. Adrian would say to me,
Im not convinced. Thats the scariest thing you can say
to an actor. But I was grateful that he pushed me out of my plateau.
This is sort of a departure for Richard Gere, and he blew me away.
Youd have expected him to play the lover. But I like the way he looks
now, a little frayed at the edges. He wears his own glasses in the movie, and
he said ironically that its the first time hes seen his co-stars in
(laughs) Its true, I havent seen my co-stars for fifteen
years. What I have had to do is imagine what the other person is doing, then
react to what Im imagining theyre doing sometimes I miss it
OLIVIER MARTINEZ on his sex scenes with Diane:
Im shy. Its very rare for a French actor, but I dont
like playing scenes naked. But we are professional actors, so its simple
stuff to do. When I punch a guy in a movie, its not for real. Its
the art of lying so Diane and I tried to lie well.
ADRIAN LYNE on directing the sex
Ive found with actors their main concern is worrying about whether
they look good. Its awful doing a love scene when theyre going at
it in total silence, so I try to be enthusiastic and say, Thats
good, do it again. Ive always been fairly vocal in my
You dont do a movie like this and go, Well, Ill just
show up and say my lines and walk away. Youve got to bring yourself
to it, and the commitment we all made was that we would work from the most
truthful and honest place we could. Truth and honesty about these kinds of
subjects is painful. The performance Diane gives is just astonishing.
DIANE LANE on working with Gere again
17 years after they appeared together in The Cotton Club:
Richard came in to this movie late and we had to film right away, we
didnt have rehearsals, so it helped to have that history together.
Ive been acting a long time. Im a 52 year old man who has had
an enormous amount of experience, so of course I bring that to my work.
Its a different type of emotion in this film. The tears mean something
different at 52 than they do at 20.