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Tuesday 31 March 2015

Hallstrom teams up with Spielberg

Lasse Hallstrom directed Helen Mirren in The Hundred-Foot Journey
Lasse Hallstrom directed Helen Mirren in The Hundred-Foot Journey

Lasse Hallstrom has said he experienced "traumatic suffering" when he had to turn down the chance to work with Steven Spielberg 12 years ago.

The Swedish filmmaker had to decline the opportunity to direct 2002's Catch Me If You Can, which Steven went on to direct himself.

But he revealed his trauma has finally been resolved a dozen years later, now that the pair have joined forces on The Hundred-Foot Journey starring Helen Mirren, which Lasse directed and Steven produced, along with Oprah Winfrey and Ted Talks curator Juliet Blake.

"I've been admiring him for a very long time," Lasse, 68, said of Steven.

"To work with him as a producer, that was heavenly," he went on. "To have him in the editing room for a couple days giving his ideas on it, and to have his comments on the dailies, (was) really helpful. And good ideas for the script, too.

"So it was like we made it together, me and Steven Spielberg."

The Hundred-Foot Journey stars Helen as the prickly owner of a Michelin-rated French restaurant who bristles when an Indian family opens their own eatery across the street.

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