Timothy Spall on the Love Story of All Love Stories

The Mr. Turner actor, who is featured in W’s February 2015 issue, confesses which movie always makes him cry from the beginning every time, and why Baz Luhrmann’s version of Romeo + Juliet is the best cinematic version of Shakespeare he’s ever seen.

Released on 1/11/2015

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Starring: Timothy Spall

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Well, I think the movie that makes me cry a lot,
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and it starts straight away,
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is a film called A Matter of Life and Death.
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Well, the opening sequence
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is one of the classic heartbreaking sequences.
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It's an RAF guy in a Spitfire,
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who's been shot at by the Luftwaffe and the plane's on fire,
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and it's about a five, six minute scene,
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where he's talking to this young woman
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who's a radio operator, and it's his dying speech
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that they have an instant love affair,
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but he dies, but shouldn't have died.
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So there's this massive fantasy sequence
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where he's in heaven, 'cause he's sent back to Earth.
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He should be dead, but he isn't.
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I'm making it sound more complicated than it is.
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It's a great, great movie.
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If you start crying as soon as a film starts,
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you know you're gonna be crying more later on.
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My favorite love story, what must that be?
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And it's the only time I've ever cried
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and felt the compromise of love,
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and that's Baz Luhrmann's version of Romeo and Juliet,
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'cause I'm a lover of Shakespeare
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and I've never seen it done better on screen than that.
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That scene, through the fish tank, where they fall in love
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is still one of the most romantic delightful scenes
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in any film about Shakespeare, ever.
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And if you're talkin' about love stories,
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that is the love story of all love stories, isn't it?