years later, here's my translation for the final part of the interview (from Sakis'
magazine collection). Better late than never, eh?
- What do you think about the episodes written by Frank Darabont?
Well, they’re the best! All of the best episodes are written by him. Even before looking at who wrote it, I knew when the episode was written by Frank Darabont.
- Why don’t we ever see your character in the episodes that take place in the United States?
Effectively, one day I asked this question to George and, in fact, it’s explained in an episode which was part of the “movies of the week” but which, alas, will never be filmed. In this episode, Indy and Remy meet a Hindu soldier who gets killed and on whom they find a treasure map. Remy keeps the map with him. After the war, Indy is going to see Miss Seymour who has died; he then tries to find his first love who has left to the United States. Remy returns to his home where Indy joins him. Remy shows him the map. They leave together in search of this treasure that proves impossible to find. Indy returns to the United States but Remy, he is completely obsessed by this quest and continues to search alone. This is how the series ends, by the separation of these two friends. In a future story that has been written but not rmade, Indy, taken by remorse ends up rejoining Remy and they go together in search of the treasure until the moment where Remy, exhausted, dies in the Indian desert. Indy then returns to the US, which gives us the episodes we saw with jazz and all the rest.
- What is the second “movie of the week” which you filmed?
The episode with the Red Baron directed by Ben Burtt, who was the great “sound designer” that we know from Star Wars and Indiana Jones and who, on Young Indy, was often second unit director. He was hired because he is a big airplane expert.
- Was the last episode not too hard to shoot?
No, it was very enjoyable. That last shoot was a real pleasure, we had made it all such a habit, everything was so ground-in. For me, it’s a beautiful series and it was a marvelous adventure.
- Tell us about Rick McCallum.
He lives for nothing but his job, he is a very nice guy. He has a high level of standards and wants his passion to be a driving force for the whole crew. What is incredible is that he knows how to do everything. He won’t hesitate to carry the spotlights, to pull cables, he really puts his hand into the dough. He sometimes happened to make plans for the second unit when they were needed and even plans for the 3rd unit when we were late. He even happened to take a camera, leave with 3 technicians and go film what was missing. He is, like George Lucas, someone of great simplicity.
- What are your plans?
I filmed a “Maigret” for France 2 with Bruno Cremer which will air in the fall season and I also filmed “Les Chagrins des Belges”. And I’m preparing a TV movie as writer and director but I don’t want to tell you more about it as there’s nothing certain.
Interviewed by Partrice Girod
Translated by Stoo