In honor of their ShoWest award for the “Freedom of Expression,” longtime collaborators Ang Lee and James Schamus discuss a variety of hot topics with Nicole Sperling for Entertainment Weekly. They chat about releasing their most recent film, Lust, Caution, with an “NC-17” rating as well as the upcoming Incredible Hulk remake following in the footsteps of their ill-fated 2003 adaptation:
EW: What are your thoughts on this year’s Hulk remake, The Incredible Hulk?
LEE: I haven’t seen any of it. I with them the best of luck.
SCHAMUS: Louis Letterier [the director of The Incredible Hulk] is a friend. I worked with him on Unleashed and he’s a gem. He was really nervous, kept asking if it’s okay. And I said to him, and this sounds absurdly pretentious, but I really think that these Marvel Stan Lee characters are like great theater, like Shakespeare — Olivier can do Hamlet, so can Kenneth Branagh. They are open to many interpretations. There is room for many Hulks.
Did you expect a less-than-classy response from Schamus? The man wears a bow tie every single day!