With so many movies coming out, do you feel in competition with yourself for Oscar attention?
(Laughs) Gosh, to be really honest, I don't think like that. I think that jinxes any sense of progress or success of a film anyway.
Has this been your busiest time ever?
I made these (movies) over a period of nearly two years. In London we have this thing where we say, "You wait for a bus for an hour and then four come at once." And that seems to be my luck with the release of these.
Why did you choose to make Sky Captain?
It came in the style of an action-adventure that I used to love when I was a kid, and there was a sort of non-cynical side to it. ... That was mainly what I loved about it. Also, what I loved about the character – he was a kind of square. Joe, straight-up flying ace.
What about the romance?
I loved the relationship (with costar Gwyneth Paltrow). It reminded me of His Girl Friday, Bringing Up Baby, kind of Hepburn, Bogart, Tracy, that kind of vibe. I just thought it was very Cary Grant.
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It was only weird because the tabloids are weird. I mean, we were just doing our job.
So you've remained friends?
Oh, yeah. You just deal with it.