Is It True You Are In A Legal Battle Over The Rights To Use The Name “Bardot”?

Yes. The fashion-beauty-blogger and actress, Clara Calamai, originally filed a lawsuit against me and my business partner, Stephen Baldwin, in March 2016, in New York State court. In her complaint, Clara alleges that we have used her stage name, “Bardot,” in concert with one another, in commerce, and without her authorization. She is demanding that we cease and desist from using her name, and requesting damages for trademark infringement and violation of her right to privacy. Because this is a civil lawsuit and we are not willing to give up the right to use the name “Bardot”, which has been associated with Clara since 2010, we have taken the unusual step of answering a few of her frequently asked questions in this article. Full details in the link above.

What Is The Most Significant Difference Between Your Cinema And Other Genres?

Well, I think that my cinema generally focuses on the kind of themes and subjects that other genres don’t. For example, romantic comedies usually don’t have that many monsters in them! Also, I like to explore the darker aspects of human nature in my movies – things that we normally try to avoid facing. My last movie, Good Time, is a really good example of this. It’s very funny, but it also deals with issues such as addiction and betrayal, which are issues that society normally tries to sweep under the carpet. So I guess that my cinema is sort of “chilling cinema.”

Is There A Difference In The Way You Treat Females And Males In Your Cinema?

Yes, there is a difference, but not in the way that you might think. In general, I prefer to cast opposite-sex groups of friends and acquaintances in my movies. When I use famous names, it’s almost always for a specific reason: to draw attention to a character or story point. In other words, I never really use famous people in my films to simply “show” that they can act. I like to use established names to enhance the narrative. For example, in Don’t Worry, We’ve Got PlENTY Of Candy!, I used the name, “Colleen Donaghay,” as a satirical jab at the way that women are often typecast in horror movies, especially with regards to their roles as victims.

Also, something to note about my female characters: they are very often the ones who have to go to the trouble of hiding their true identities from the public. Society doesn’t look kindly upon women who defy the norms by living their lives openly, so it’s usually up to my characters to keep their identities secret. Sometimes it takes a while for them to figure out who they are, and by the time that they do, it’s already too late. The damage has already been done. Society has already judged them and found them wanting. For these reasons, I like to focus on the “hidden figures” among us: the ones who live in the shadows and go unnoticed by the public, but whom others look up to, admire, and respect. In my next movie, Sex, Power & Politics, set to premiere in April 2018, it is the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, and the female lead, Mwanajuma, is a powerful and respected parliamentarian in her country. In real life, she is a brave and dedicated activist who has dedicated her life to public service. She faces a lot of prejudice and hostility from within her society because she is a woman who dares to stand up for what she believes in. In the movie, her secret identity is only revealed to the audience at the very end of the film. I feel that this is a powerful and haunting metaphor for the way that women are often forced to operate in the shadows, and the way that so many people are often unaware of their true identities and the important roles that they play behind the scenes.

How Do You Feel About Romantic Comedy?

I think that romantic comedy, when done well, is one of the most enjoyable genres out there. It can be very liberating to laugh at romantic situations, and sometimes it’s just nice to escape from the realities of everyday life for a bit. Romantic comedies are often very funny, but they can also veer into darker territory, when required. For example, one of the most successful romantic comedy films of all time is probably Meet The Parents, one of the best satirical comedies ever made. It stars John Cleese and Debra Winger, and is based on a novel by Darryl Revik, about a couple who are trying to have a baby, but who are actually father and daughter. It’s a very interesting and complex film, and it definitely requires a rewatch if you don’t already know what is happening. It’s a very funny film, but it is also very, very poignant. It’s a must-see for anyone who enjoys clever and thoughtful humor.

But, you know, sometimes, I just want to have some fun. I don’t want to think about my work or my life, or the state of the world. Sometimes, I just want to have a good time. So, when I make a romantic comedy, I always make sure that there is something deeper, more thought-provoking, and more interesting going on behind the scenes. If it’s not funny, I don’t want to watch it. But sometimes, it takes a bit of poetic license, and I don’t always get the results that I’m looking for. That’s why I have to be so careful, and make sure that every detail is exactly how I want it, and that nothing is left to chance. Otherwise, the whole thing can come crashing down in a heap of frustrating, unfulfilled chaos. So sometimes, I just have to sit back, relax, and let it go. And then, maybe, somewhere down the line, I’ll get a laugh out of it. But that’s not always the case.

Why Do You Choose To Work With Models?

Well, first off, models are usually cheaper than full-time actors. So, that’s always a plus. And, you know, they usually look a lot better, too. Models can definitely look like celebrities, and for some reason, people seem to think that this gives their work more credibility. But, you know, I’ve worked with a lot of full-time actors and very, very few models, and it’s usually the other way around. People don’t seem to think that models are quite as intelligent, or creative as actors. Maybe it’s because models don’t talk back. They don’t argue with the director, they don’t ask questions, they don’t even seem to breathe when they’re on-screen. So, in a lot of ways, models are easier to work with. Especially when compared to some of the bigger names in Hollywood, who can be difficult to work with because they want total control over every aspect of the film. In general, this is pretty much impossible to satisfy, in terms of both the director and the actor’s visions coming together, especially when you’re making a movie on such a tight schedule. So, in the end, you’re kind of forced into a deal where everyone involved complies, because there’s no other way of making the whole thing work. But it’s not a bad thing. It means that every little thing is taken care of, and nothing is left to chance. And I think that this sort of detail-oriented approach is what ultimately gives the movie its charm. You can’t help but feel that everything is done with a ton of love and attention to detail. It makes things that little bit more special!

What Is Your Opinion On CGI And How Does It Affect Live-Action Movies?

You know, I love CGI. It’s really great for certain things, and it definitely has its place. For example, in the upcoming movie, Sex, Power & Politics, set to premiere on April 4th, 2018, one of the things that I love about it is the way that it looks. It’s a mix of CGI and practical effects, and it really works for the characterizations and the action scenes. I mean, it’s not that I mind practical effects, by themselves, but when you’re using them alongside CGI, it makes for a really beautiful and unique-feeling movie. I also think that when you’re using CGI in film, you really need to make sure that everything is right, and nothing is left to chance. Otherwise, the whole thing can look a little bit cheesy, or even worse, a little bit like a video game. So, in general, I think that CGI is fantastic, and I think that it’s here to stay. If I had my way, I’d use it in every movie that I make. It would really enhance the whole unique-feeling, hand-made quality that I try to bring to everything that I do. But, you know, that’s just me.