1 In your new film The Walk you play Philippe Petit, the French performance artist who walked on a high-wire between New York’s Twin Towers in 1974. What attracted you to the role?
The director, Bob Zemeckis. I just love his movies. Probably everyone does… Back to the Future is basically perfect.
2 What was it like playing a Frenchman?
Great. I’m a Francophile. I studied French. I love French movies. I always wanted to speak French in a movie.
3 Are you courageous?
It takes courage to do anything. So while I don’t think the more courageous things I’ve done are physically dangerous, I would still, with a healthy amount of self-deprecation, allow myself to take credit for doing some courageous things.
4 Do you have a fear of heights?
I have more of a fear of heights than Philippe Petit!
5 You’re a director now, too. What tips did you get from Zemeckis?
The way he uses the camera. The choreography between the movement, the storytelling and the performance is just so grand and so majestic.