Tilda Swinton Dishes on Who She Thinks is a God

The Snowpiercer actress, who is featured in W’s February 2015 issue, talks about her cinematic crush on Roger Livesey, what happened she met Hayao Miyazaki, and why her favorite love story is the 1947 film I Know Where I’m Going! Tilda Swinton wears her own clothes.

Released on 1/12/2015

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Starring: Tilda Swinton

Transcript

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My cinematic crush, I can tell you right now.
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Roger Livesey, the great Roger Livesey,
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who I first saw in the films of Michael Powell
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and Emeric Pressburger.
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He played, of course, Colonel Blimp,
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and he played in A Matter of Life and Death,
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which I think in America is known as Stairway to Heaven.
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And he is preeminently
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my biggest crush in my favorite film of all time,
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which is I Know Where I'm Going,
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he plays a great Scottish laird.
00:33
What makes me cry?
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Oh, pretty much anything by Hayao Miyazaki.
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My Neighbor Totoro is, when I met,
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I'm so happy and proud to be able to say this sentence,
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when I met Hayao Miyazaki last night, I told him,
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with not a word of a lie, that he's a household god
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in my family, really.
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If someone's feeling low for any reason,
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I always say that, if ever I'm in a coma,
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just play the music of My Neighbor Totoro
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and I'll come round.
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Or rather, I'll slip away, one or the other, I don't care,
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(woman laughing)
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because that's where I wanna be, I wanna be on a
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Miyazaki hillside, with blue sky and those clouds going over
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and that music.
01:14
(moans)
01:15
Well, one of my favorite love stories in movies,
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it's a film I've mentioned before,
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which might have been cut out, that mention,
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but I'm going to mention it again,
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is Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's
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I Know Where I'm Going, because it's about someone
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who thinks they know what they want,
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and thinks they've got it all figured out,
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and they get blown off course.
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And they get blown off course by themself.
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And
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I just love it.
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I've seen that film hundreds of times.
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And I have never stopped watching it in the middle
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and gone, nah, I know what, nah.
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I have never been able to put it down,
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it's so beautifully crafted, and it's
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such a compelling love story.
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[Woman] Wow.
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It's divine.