This tweet means so much more when you hear why Tom chose those words.
One of the unpleasant things about film work is that even the best friendships that form on a set often end, for all practical purposes, when the movie’s over. I formed a number of friendships on this one that I would hate to think are over. It’s not that they aren’t REAL friendships, it’s that our business spreads us all over the globe, and while I’ve worked with some actors and crew repeatedly, there’s no guarantee that we’ll ever cross paths again, and it’s hard to sustain the emotional pitch of a set friendship when you’re no longer on set together, no longer even living in the same city. I always hate to lose that intensity, and because I take these friendships seriously, I feel their diminishment with great sorrow.
No friendship I made on this film has resonated with me more than the friendship that grew from the very beginning with Tom. It’s always hard to know what to make of a working relationship with someone who is, or is on the verge of being, a huge star. It’s hard to press for that relationship to become more, because such folk are under constant onslaught from people who want something from them, often with who the star really is as a human being an irrelevance to those who want from him. Suffice it to say that I enjoyed working with, and becoming friends with Tom to a truly extraordinary level. He was endlessly encouraging to me, in the sense that he actively encouraged me to “imitate the action of the tiger” and make specific hopes and dreams come true, and by being very convincing in his expressions of faith in me. He said the most wonderful thing to me the first day we acted together. He told me he’d read my book and that as a result he felt that he truly knew who I was, and that he wished there were some way for me to know him just as well. We had enough conversation over the next few weeks that I felt well on my way toward achieving that. I barely knew who Tom was when we started this movie. I’d been living in a cave, I suppose, because I knew nothing of his career or the fact that he has a gargantuan world-wide following. He was just this handsome bloke I’d met at Guillermo’s dinner, who seemed stunningly authentic and generous, and who made me think working with him was going to be a blast. Well, it was.
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