Speaking with Empire during the UK press junket in June, Rob mentioned a couple of his favorite scenes in Cosmopolis. Can you guess what they are?
Plus, more details about the film, fun comments about David and Emily Hampshire, wanting to get tased, the film coinciding with current events and more!
See stills from the scenes Rob mentioned as favorites and read excerpts of the dialogue after the cut!
ERIC: The way they build a stretch is this. They take a vehicle’s base unit and cut it in half with a huge throbbing buzz-saw device. Then they add a segment to lengthen the chassis by ten, eleven, twelve feet. Whatever desired dimension. Twenty-two feet if you like. While they were doing this to my car, I sent word that they had to proust it, cork-line it against street noise.
ELISE: That’s lovely actually. I love that.
ERIC: The vehicle I armored of course. This complicated the cork-lining. But they managed in the end. It’s a gesture. It’s a thing a man does.
ELISE: Did it work?
ERIC: How could it work? No. The city eats and sleeps noise. It makes noise out of every century. It makes the same noises it made in the seventeenth century along with all the other noises that have evolved since then. No. But I don’t mind the noise. The noise energizes me. The important thing is that it’s there.
ELISE: The cork.
ERIC: That’s right. The cork. This is what finally matters.
Another great scene in a film full of them. 🙂 The other part mentioned by Rob as a standout was heady and layered. “I love the scene with Samantha Morton…I love all her lines in it.”
VIJA: But you know how shameless I am in the presence of anything that calls itself an idea. The idea is time. Living in the future. Look at those numbers running. Money makes time. It used to be the other way around. Clock time accelerated the rise of capitalism. People stopped thinking about eternity. They began to concentrate on hours, measurable hours, man-hours, using labor more efficiently. It’s cyber-capital that creates the future. What is the measurement called a nanosecond?
VIJA: This is what.
ERIC: One billionth of a second.
VIJA: I understand none of this. But it tells me how rigorous we need to be in order to take adequate measure of the world around us.
ERIC: There are zeptoseconds.
VIJA: Good. I’m glad.
ERIC: Yoctoseconds. One septillionth of a second.
Eric….so proud to have answers for Vija. 😉