(Benedict) Cumberbatch, who plays Guillam, the young officer who aids Smiley in tracking down the mole, describes his meeting with le Carré as ‘priceless. He has a very full vision of that world and the history of the character, so it’s all there on a plate for you after having a conversation with him.’ In preparation, Cumberbatch had taken himself off, alone, to the Moroccan seaside town of Essaouira. Le Carré makes mention in the book of Guillam having been stationed in Morocco, and Essaouira, with its maze of narrow streets, its long shadows, its window shutters banging in the wind blowing off the Atlantic, provided a perfect setting for the cultivation of feelings of unease. ‘It’s got a slightly nightmare quality,’ Cumberbatch says, ‘and I was wandering around the streets at night, thinking what it must be like to know that every turn could be my last. It was very helpful.’
Very well-researched and fascinating article that explores the many different facets of the making of the film, from the actors’ method process to the art direction. I was also very thrilled to read that the film was being compared to Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation, which is one of my all-time favorite films.