Christopher: There must be a way to do it. Maybe I’ll work on something.
Madonna: Okay. But I do love being on stage and I do love acting on stage. It’s definitely preferred to acting in a movie. It’s so fragmented and twisted doing a film, you know, you do the penultimate moment of a scene and you do the rest of the scene building up to it three weeks later. Or you do a whole scene but you never do the whole scene. You do this angle over here, and then you move over there. It’s a mind fuck. It really is a mind fuck.
Christopher: Yeah, I guess it must be.
Madonna: I find it very frustrating and the rehearsal process is so great. When I think of all the movies I’ve done – if I’d had a five week rehearsal period for all those movies there would have been so many other things I would have tried. The beauty of rehearsal – to do it over and over and over…
Christopher: The difference between rehearing for a tour and for a movie…
Madonna: And rehearsing for my play. We rehearsed for five weeks, and what I started off thinking I wanted to do for that character changed so immensely by the time we were ready to do it. I felt so liberated and freed by the fact that I really inhabited that character – I knew it inside and out. It was part of me, you know what I mean? And I was free to try things and really relax into it, versus, you know, a movie. When I did Swept Away, for instance, I started shooting the film ten days before my tour ended and I kept saying, “Guy can’t we rehearse or shouldn’t we…?” He said “Just don’t worry about it, just be yourself, whatever. Don’t worry about it.”
Christopher: [Laughs]. Don’t worry about it…
Madonna: But most movies I’ve had, tops, a week to rehearse. And then you’re just getting to know the actors and nobody knows each other and everything’s weird. The first few days of shooting on a movie are always a nightmare. Everyone feels a little self conscious. And the luxury of getting to know people, hanging out with them every day, trying stuff out, not being afraid to step on each other’s toes, you know? The exercise of it – it is brilliant. And if I were ever to direct a film I would insist that that’s what would happen. And I know it’s a luxury.
Christopher: And shooting from start to finish?
Madonna: No, not necessarily. I would try to shoot in sequence wherever possible. But the rehearsal process. Weeks and weeks and weeks of it. It changes everything.
Christopher: I can imagine that must get expensive.
Madonna: It depends, though. You get a shitty little rehearsal space. I mean, where we rehearsed for the play was a shithole, you know? You just break up the day with different actors, different scenes.
Christopher: Are you going to direct a movie?
Madonna: I might.
Christopher: I thought you had a few things on the burner.
Madonna: Well, I have a script that I’ve been writing, but it’s been interrupted by everything from children to plays to records to videos.
Christopher: Is it Going Down?
Madonna: No, that disappeared a long time ago. I decided that it was just a morally bankrupt film, or idea. And then I started writing my own thing, which I would like to direct – which is, I think, hysterically funny. It’s about a girl who’s incredibly famous – she lives in Hollywood. She’s incredibly famous but she’s not incredibly well respected, and it’s like, all the insanity of her life. Slightly autobiographical.
Christopher: Write about what we know.
Madonna: Absolutely. But it’s very funny. It’s absurd. It’s just about the absurdity of fame, the absurdity of people having preconceived notions of you, and it’s based on a lot of characters and people that I know, of course, loosely based. And uh…
Christopher: There are some funny people around you.
Madonna: No kidding. Anyway, so there’s that. I’m thinking that if I was to direct something I would like to do something small and close and personal.
Christopher: Are you close to being somewhere where you want to be with it?
Madonna: Not yet because I keep getting sidetracked by a thousand other things. That’s my next thing. I do the Bond video, finish the children’s books, finish my album, and then I’m gonna concentrate on finishing my script.
Christopher: Well good.
Madonna: Not too busy.
Christopher: Well, hey. What the hell.
Madonna: A girl’s gotta make a living.
Christopher: That’s true. Money doesn’t grow on trees.
Madonna: No sirree.
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