I don’t read stuff about me online, like specific tweets or anything, but when I hear about myself through word of mouth it’s really cool. I love hearing people’s response to my character, or appearances on things like The Graham Norton Show. Doing the press for The Force Awakens was so much fun.
Do you ever wonder whether people would like you more or less if they could see inside you? …I always wonder about that. If people could see me the way I see myself—if they could live in my memories—would anyone love me?
The 1994 masterpiece Baby’s Day Out is basically Home Alone if Macaulay Culkin couldn’t walk or speak and kept catastrophically injuring the Wet Bandits completely by accident: A wealthy New York family’s baby gets kidnapped, he escapes, and (spoiler alert) shenanigans ensue. Also like Home Alone, it was written by John Hughes, who clearly had some scary gambling debts to pay off.
It’s dumb and forgettable – unless you happen to be one of its many, many Indian fans. According to Roger Ebert, while visiting a movie theater in Calcutta he asked if Star Wars had been their most successful American film, and was told, “Nay. That honor belongs to Baby’s Day Out.” The theater Ebert visited had been playing it for more than a year, because something about the constant imperilment of an infant really speaks to the working class of India.
Its inexplicable success earned it not one but two Indian remakes. The first, Sisindri, is a staggering two hours and 11 minutes long, because the antics of a baby going places a baby normally should not go simply cannot be done justice by a mere 90-minute narrative.
It was then remade again under the name of, uh, James Bond, because India is where copyright law goes when it wants to just get away for the weekend. And before you ask, yes, it absolutely has several musical numbers.