THEORY: Sydney Pollack should have gone in a different direction
At the risk of posting the straw that broke the meta’s back, I can’t wait to watch a documentary where Richard Branson talks about all the people he’s met who deserve their own documentary, and why. Branson on Gorbachev and his translator:
It is interesting having a conversation with President Gorbachev. He doesn’t speak a word of English, but he has had the same delightful man with him for 30 years who acts as his translator. The translator … does it so beautifully you forget you are not actually listening to President Gorbachev. He speaks at exactly the same time as the President. I can imagine the day someone makes a film called The Translator based on his life and all the fascinating things he has seen. From the break up of the Soviet Union to the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin Wall.