Filed Under:

The Movie Simon West Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Play associated audio

The weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen A Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

For director Simon West, whose credits include Con Air, The Mechanic and The Expendables 2, which opened in theaters this weekend, the movie he could watch a million times is the cult British film, Withnail and I. "I instantly fell in love with it," West says.


Interview Highlights

On his favorite scene in Withnail and I

"I think my favorite scene is quite near the beginning, where they're drunk and hallucinating from lack of food. They have to go into the kitchen because they're trying to make a cup of tea, and the sink is full of dirty dishes. Paul McGann is convinced there's something alive living in the kitchen sink. And so Richard E. Grant puts on these big rubber gloves, and he's going in to attack whatever is living in the sink. It's like something out of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." [Editor's note: It's actually Paul McGann who dons a big pink rubber glove in this scene.]

On why he loves the film

"It's just very funny and very well-written, and I don't know anyone that's watched it that hasn't fallen in love with it."

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

For Penn & Teller's Magical Partnership, The Trick Is Telling The Truth

The duo Penn Jillette and Raymond Teller are back on Broadway. They both talk — yes, even Teller — with NPR's Scott Simon about magic, danger and the remarkable endurance of their 40-year partnership.
NPR

At The Purple Pie Place, Where The Crusts Are Just Sweet Enough

Bobkat's Purple Pie Place is a fixture in Custer, S.D. From chicken pot pie to strawberry rhubarb, Trevor Yehlie and his family have been baking and serving pies at the local favorite since 2009.
NPR

Empire Strikes PAC And Other Punny SuperPAC Names

My Cat Xavier For a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow superPAC backed Hank the Cat in the 2012 Virginia Senate election. Xavier also cared about naps, treats, and prison reform.
NPR

Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top Gear'

The trio that made Top Gear the world's biggest car show will return to the small screen in a new show for Amazon Prime. The BBC canned one of its hosts last year after a fight with a producer.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.