"The crow in the film,
the bird in the film; you could really look at as a guide...Almost
a piece of his own personality that guides him back into his
life and reminds him of who he was, what happened to him.
This is a person who has been
pushed right to the limits of his ability to cope what is going
on. And in a sense is quite mad sometimes. In a sense completely
insane, almost in a sense that you might think of an insane person
having voices. More rational voices that try to guide him. More
irrational voices that come from a more emotional. More deep-seated
place. I think that the crow his that rational voice, the crow
is his guide.
The crow helps Eric to do
what he has to do in a very practical sense; it leads him to
places where he has to be, it helps him find people he has to
It's a story about justice
His mission is to find the
people who killed himself and his fiancée, and kill them.
Its a wonderful role, it really
is a role that you can take risks with, and gives you a wonderful
opportunity to take those risks & stretch, because after
all can you tell me how someone who has come back from the dead
will behave. That is one of the wonderful things about playing
this character, its a real. You can really take the gloves off
in playing this part because there are no rules on how a person
who has come back from the dead is going to behave. There is
a part of him that is filled with rage towards what was done
to him. And another of the things that I like about this movie
is that all the parts of the character are given balance on the
screen. He is torn up really badly, both physically and psychically.
I think the appeal of Eric's
mission is that it is a very pure one. He has come back to seek
I have done other films that
have had violence in them, but I have never done anything where
I felt that the violence was as justified as this. There is very
little need to worry about compassion for his victims.
This is justice, and I truly
feel that it is, and I truly feel if I was in the same situation
I would do the same thing: It is something that he has to do,
and he is forced to put aside his own pain long enough to do
what he has to. This film deals with the concept of a solution
being struck between good and evil.
Because we do not know when
we are going to die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible
well and yet everything happens only a certain number of times,
and a very small number really. How many times will you remember
a certain afternoon of your childhood? An afternoon that is so
deeply a part of your being that you cannot conceive of your
life without it? Perhaps 4 or 5 times more. Perhaps not even
that. How many times will you watch the full moon rise ......
Perhaps twenty and yet it all seems limitless.
This is the point of view
this character is coming from in the whole film, because it has
brought sharply into focus how precious each moment of his life
This is the best role I have
had the opportunity to get my hands on."