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Josef Fares, ‘Zozo’

What would you do if Hollywood gave you $75 million to make your dream project?

“I am very interested in action movies — but action movies that are character-based. It is an underestimated genre that I would love to do something with. I have a few ideas, but it would be important to me that the action had a very real element to it — I don’t want it to be exaggerated. It would be about real people — strong on characters — but still have the craziness of the action. Imagine trying to find the middle ground between John Woo and Ken Loach.

My dream team? Well, for the actors, people like Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro and Denzel Washington. On a technical level, I would definitely use my own editor Michal Leszczylowski and my choice of cinematographer would be Darius Khondji. The music would be by Eric Serra — I love the score he did for ‘Leon.’

If I have every confidence in the script, then a $75 million budget would not pose a problem for me, but without that confidence, it would make me very nervous. I feel like I’m a little too young to handle those kinds of budgets, and the pressure that arises from working for studios that offer those levels of budgets would be enormous. But that’s something I could get used to: If you want to work for a big studio and make a big action movie, then that’s what you have to handle.

I come from a background where I can make movies for nothing — and with $75 million I could make a million movies! But if I want to do the big movies, you have to go all the way.”

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