Ian Watson on Kubrick and A.I.
A great article on Ian Watson’s collaboration with Kubrick on A.I., which has many great bits, including this one:
One day Emilio (red: Kubrick’s chauffeur) was driving me down the M1 motorway in the charcoal-coloured Mercedes en route to the manor house. â€œIan,â€ he said, â€œStanley phoned me on Sunday afternoon, even though he promised I could have Sunday afternoon to myself. `I need some string, Emilio,â€™ he told me. Stanley likes to tie things up with string. Ah but Ian,â€ continued Emilio, â€œI know about these things by now. So I said, `Stanley, where are you?â€™ `Iâ€™m in the computer room.â€™ `All right, Stanley, do you see the wall with the shelves? On the middle shelf in the middle there is a ball of string.â€™ `I can see it!â€™ `Wait! Go directly to the shelf, and come back here with the string, and tell me you have it!â€™ `Ian,â€™ said Emilio triumphantly, `I have string in every room for situations like this. And I also have extra balls of string hidden in each room as well!â€ #
And of course this one, which goes out to Martin and Poulsen:
I had written a novel entitled Inquisitor set in the wacky far-future world of Games Workshopâ€™s Warhammer 40,000; he wanted a pre-publication printout right away. â€œWho knows, Ian?â€ he mused. â€œMaybe this is my next movie?â€ I arranged for Games Workshop to send him samples of their games and artwork and obtained for him from fantasy artist Ian Miller a portfolio of drawings of monsters. Anything could be grist to the mill, now or at some future date.
Incidentally, I like inquiring fresh minds what they thought of A.I… What did you think of A.I.?