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Saturday 23 August 2014

Curtis: It's directing vs life

Richard Curtis said his time-travelling wishlist would include music legends

Richard Curtis has said he wants to give up directing - so he can spend more time with his family.

The About Time filmmaker, who said that directing is "10,000 days of worry", is planning more family time.

"Well, I've only directed three films, so I don't think anyone's going to miss me hugely. This might be my directing swansong, but I'll continue writing," he said.

"At the moment, I'm feeling it would be nice not to launch into that process again, and just try and appreciate all the things to do with friends and family that sometimes, when you're making movies, you ignore. I like giving my kids breakfast - I'm very good at pancakes - and walking them to school."

Richard directed Love Actually and The Boat That Rocked and wrote Four Weddings And A Funeral, Notting Hill and the Bridget Jones films. His third film, "anti time-travelling romance" About Time, stars his long-time collaborator and friend Bill Nighy and Domhnall Gleeson as a father and son who can transport themselves through time.

"I had a conversation with a friend about how we would spend our last day, and we both agreed that we wouldn't want to win a prize or go out on a date with a supermodel," the 56-year-old explained.

"We'd like to spend our time doing the things we do and relishing them, rather than letting worries get the better of us."

Richard revealed he would gladly transport himself back to the Sixties, so he can catch his favourite bands.

"I never saw the Beatles and I never saw the Rolling Stones when Brian Jones was in the band, so the sad answer would have to do with pop music," he said.

:: About Time is in cinemas now.

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