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Why Nicolas Winding Refn Says He Turned Down ‘Spectre’

And why his new spy thriller may be like a Bond movie anyway.

Nicolas Winding Refn on the set of "The Neon Demon"

Nicolas Winding Refn on the set of “The Neon Demon”

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The filmmaking world has become Nicolas Winding Refn’s oyster in the wake of “Drive,” which won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival and became a minor pop-culture sensation. Considering the kind of projects he’s said to have been offered — “Wonder Woman,” “Barbarella,” even “Spectre” — the Danish auteur’s follow-ups “Only God Forgives” and “The Neon Demon” might seem especially strange. Refn tells the Telegraph‘s Robbie Collin that his brief meetings with Eon Productions convinced him that “Bond” wasn’t quite his cup of tea, however, and he’d rather keep doing his own thing: “I just know this way I can do whatever I want, and that outweighs any money anyone can give me.”

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Not that his new project is entirely divorced from the world of 007. Refn is now at work on a spy thriller called “The Avenging Silence,” which is set in Tokyo and was co-written with “Bond” scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. In the interview, Refn explains that his recent move into directing commercials for the likes of Gucci and H&M has afforded him much of the freedom that allows him to forge ahead on his own path rather than get fully caught up in the Hollywood machine.

READ MORE: Nicolas Winding Refn Wants to Make a Batgirl Movie and Truly Be ‘Reborn as a 16-Year-Old Girl’

Other revelations from Collin’s piece: Refn respects Lars von Trier more than their supposed feud would have you believe and a certain necrophilia scene was only meant to consist of a kiss until Refn asked the actress in question,  “Can you spit in her mouth?” Read the full piece at the Telegraph.

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