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The Tiger and the Snow (La Tigre e la Neve)--Thoughts on the Production

I spent a week in Rome with Roberto Benigni working on the script before hooking up with the XO for the trip to Tunisia. It was an interesting time to be in a Muslim country as the real fighting in Iraq was at a fever pitch and we got some very angry looks from radical Islamic students in Tunis and elsewhere as we staged roadblocks, checkpoints and combat assaults on various fortified positions. The greatest pleasure was working with a talented man like Roberto who understood perfectly that the best comedy begins with a departure from reality. He wanted us to get it right and make it feel real, so we had a free hand in a very free-flowing creative environment on his sets. He was always willing to take our advice in staging and performances.