Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Hooper happier behind the scenes

Tom Hooper won an Oscar for directing The King's Speech

Tom Hooper has said he prefers to be behind the camera, and not in the spotlight.

The Oscar-winning director of The King's Speech and Les Miserables is happy not being recognised in the street as the maker of such successful films.

Tom said: "The joy about being a director is that when your film comes out you possibly get stopped a little bit, but within three months you can go back to being completely anonymous. And then you wait for the next one to come out and you'll have a brief moment where people will recognise you. So it's kind of great because if you're a famous actor that process never stops."

He added: "I think I chose to be behind the camera because I didn't want that. I always wanted to be the person behind the scenes."

Les Miserables has racked up a Screen Actors Guild Award, three Golden Globe wins, nine Bafta nominations and eight Oscar nods. But Tom insists he isn't bothered about not receiving a Best Director Oscar nomination for the film.

He said: "I think it's important in awards season to just be incredibly grateful for any recognition that you've already got and to not expect anything beyond it. I was very fortunate two years ago with The King's Speech and this year it's a year of extraordinarily wonderful and beautiful films. So it's a very special year. So I'm just pleased to be part of it."

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