I think romance basically starts with respect. And new romance always starts with respect. I think I have some romantic friendships. Like the song Love the One Youre With; there is something to that. Its not just make love to whomever youre with, its just love whomever youre with. And love can be seeing that here we are and theres this world here. If I go to my room and I watch TV, I didnt really live. If I stay in my hotel room and watch TV, I didnt live today.
How did you relate to the films portrayal of celebrity?
Its not just being awake in the middle of the night and being anonymous. Its being awake in the middle of the night with yourself. Without your support, without your buffers, as we call them. Your comfort things, youre laying down. He didnt even have his TV stations. He was trapped. He didnt have his stuff, he didnt have his bedroom, he didnt have his booze, he didnt have his stuff, [and] he didnt have his world. Its just a shock of consciousness where all of a sudden youre stuck with yourself. Youre stuck with yourself. Thats sort of what Scarlett had, too. Im stuck with myself. I dont have my husband. Hes off shooting this thing. I have my friends, Im calling somebody on the phone here and they dont get it. Im stuck with myself. And theres nobody here that knows me. Theres nobody here that cares about me. So who am I when I dont have all my posse, my stuff with me? Thats what it is. When you go to a foreign country, truly foreign, there is a major shock of consciousness that comes on you when you see that, Oh God, its just me here. Theres nobody, no neighbors, no friends, no phone calls - just room service.
Did you improvise with the Japanese comedians?
They found some real oddballs over there. There are really strange people over there and they managed to get em. There are certain rhythms that are the same, no matter whether you know what the words are or not. The inflections and the intention and tone are the same really. Even if you dont know the words a person is using, its objective rhythms so if you know your rhythms, you can jump in and out. I got some great guys over there. That one guy in the hospital, wow. I should have his home phone number. It was really something else.
Did you have any Lost in Translation moments in Japan?
Id been to Fukuoka. I spent 10 days in Fukuoka with a friend of mine going to a golf tournament down there. We just had fun down there. They make fun of [people from Tokyo] down in Fukuoka. Its like being in the South. They make fun of Tokyo people like Americans make fun of New Yorkers. Theyre all so uptight. It was always fun down there. I liked being in a place where no one could understand me, the words. It was also nice to be in a place where people dont recognize you, so you have total freedom to behave and [act out] foul impulses that you cant [control]. I don't know if thats lost in translation or not.
Your character whispers something to Scarletts character in a crucial scene. Can we know what you said?
You never will.