[I'd been warned that Spader was not an easy person to get to know. The stare he's fixed on me recalls nothing so much as the look with which he administered an erotic spanking to Maggie Gyllenhaal's bottom in his 2002 film Secretary . Those who have worked with him say he is shy and pensive. I'd been told that to profile him is to describe a walnut while looking at its shell.] He's like a magician, ... you don't really want to know how the tricks were done. If you were able to reach the four corners of James's soul, you might take the whimsy out of it.