While Emmanuelle Seigner was at Mr. Chow’s in N.Y. tonight, husband Roman Polanski and their nine year-old son, Elvis, were at a Chinese restaurant in Paris, he laughingly told me on the phone. Emmanuelle was with the principals of Miramax’s “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” following the preem screening at the Ziegfeld. I had called Roman earlier to give him a report on last week’s L.A. preem, which Seigner had also attended, along with director Julian Schnabel, screenwriter Ronald Harwood, producers Kathy Kennedy and Jon Kilik and cast members Max von Sydow, Mathieu Amalri and Marie-Josee Cruze. I reported to Roman the enthusiastic reception by the premiere industry audience to the unique film. Roman admitted to me, “It was suggested to me by Ronnie Harwood — with whom I made two films — but I wouldn’t have attempted to do it.”
In addition to telling him of wife Emmanuelle’s touching portrayal, I reported we loved his son Elvis’ vignette in a “Singing in the Rain”-like dance tribute. Roman was pleased to hear we recognized his son’s scene steal. “He also plays the piano,” he said.
He also reported that daughter Morgan, 15, is also headed to a theatrical future. Roman proudly reminded me of Emmanuelle’s performance in “La Vie En Rose” and that she truly has a second career in music. Log on to “Ultra Orange and Emmanuelle Seigner,” he advised. I did and watched along with Roman and listened to one of her songs.
Roman and I talked about his next film, “The Ghost,” and he revealed that novelist Robert Harris had sent it to him before its publication. It will be filmed in many cold, northern climates. I asked why he had departed plans to shoot the $100 million international epic “Pompeii”. He said it was the threat of strikes (not the WGA) to come during production.