Roland Emmerich, Director of Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012, is known for blowing stuff up. But does he want to always be known for this? Well it seems not. In his own words "I'm a film-maker, not a terrorist!"
Emmerich's latest film, Anonymous, explores the theory that William Shakespeare was not actually the man behind the plays, merely the face in front of them.
Roland Emmerich was asked at a Q&A at Empire Big Screen why the shift from disaster movies to something altogether more character-focused. He responded that the subject matter fascinated him – he believes the theory that Shakespeare never wrote a word – and he is “more sensitive than people think”. Emmerich also explained that he fought for a British cast and used the argument “well it worked for Harry Potter!”
So here are two clips of two of these great British actresses he speaks of doing what they do best. Mother and daughter combo Joely Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave playing Queen Elizabeth in her younger and older years...