And today, Miller was called to testify about the complicated romance in London.“The thing that’s been slightly misconstrued about this voicemail message is the fact that I said ’I love you’ and that this was some incredibly important declaration of love.” She explained, “That’s how I would have ended my phonecalls to [Craig].So I spent four or five nights underwater, which was an extraordinary experience. Did that closeness and intimacy affect your relationships with the other actors? If I’m honest, watching him fall in love with the process helped me fall in love with it again. The great thing about being an actor is I get to work with all sorts of directors. He cast well, he was able to draw on people’s skills. Not necessarily a huge help for the film, I mean I perhaps picked up little details here or there, but I don’t think I could spend months and months, no. There’s one scene where Alfie meets an old flame on the waterside and the terrible truth of what he has become flickers across his face.
Your character in “Black Sea” is a submarine captain, and he mentions staying out at sea for three-month stretches, which ruins his marriage. His production always have an incredibly cinematic quality. Do you think you’d be able to stay trapped in a submarine for that long? And it’s interesting how, when you’re in a film with a group, and you spend all day, every day in a small space together, you become a kind of team. Also, because of the confined space, there was a lot of humor. Beautiful productions, and the pace of the storytelling, the focus of the storytelling, was incredibly evident and bold. He had great empathy for the process that actors go through. It’s an incredibly precise approach, but he does it with style and grace. In “Black Sea,” there’s this line you say: “This time the shit’s fighting back.” And—no offense—it’s such a horrible, horrible line. Well, I was fortunate enough to be invited by the Royal Navy on a submarine exercise. There’s a great one called “Run Silent Run Deep,” which I loved. I would also have to say there’s one I quite liked called, “Gray Lady Down,” a sort of late Charlton Heston movie. The film has an impressive, eclectic cast of character actors, and you were all working in tight, confined spaces on the submarine. I was so excited to see how he’d embrace the filmmaking process. It was also exciting to see someone so talented discover film for the first time. Unless they make a conscious effort to go watch other productions, or if they themselves go act in someone else’s movie. We get to try it out with all these different directors’ processes. To say, “He’s a great actor’s director” doesn’t necessarily mean that other directors are bad actor’s directors. He had great faith in your range and he knew what he was looking for. I went out of my way to flatter him, and ask to get involved with one of his films. From watching his films, I guess you kinda know what you’re getting yourself in for. But you deliver it with such sincerity and conviction! But what I then saw was a role that demanded of me to open up and play up sides of myself that I hadn’t played up before as an actor.And then I realised that the fear was the best part of it and that that was thechallenge.I guess the fact that I got married when I was 22 and had 3 kids by the age of 30 says a lot about my opinion on the Alfie lifestyle, says Law, who points out that Alfie actually does have a pivotal moment of self doubt after causing chaos in the lives of some of Manhattan’s most beautiful women.