Kevin, as the whole cast is, just wonderful people and great people, and people who are attracted to this kind of material and accepting the idea of going to Newfoundland and knowing the kind of lack of amenities.
I was always attracted by the European way of life, but I am deeply Swedish.
I discovered the 7th art at home when I was kid, through Charlie Chaplin's movies and those of my father who shot documentaries. He was my biggest influence. So I took his camera and started shooting.
I love involving actors at all levels - and they have to know that I want to hear their contributions, with dialogue, with story suggestions, with script changes, whatever.
I got to work with my wife, Lena Olin, for the first time, which was great. I thought it might be difficult in some way to talk to one's wife in a different way but it was so not forced.
It was important on The Shipping News to have my house far enough away from each location so I had this time in the morning to think about my shots and still remain open to surprises once I got to the set.
I imagined that it might be awkward to talk to your wife about her performance, so going into it I was a little nervous. But doing it was actually a wonderfully inspiring experience.
Many of the comedies I had made in Sweden were slightly based on semi-autobiographical experiences, so adapting novels was a very different experience.
I am always more interested in performance and character depiction, and my direction says as much.
My key interest in choosing scripts is character-driven stories, because there are so many stories that sacrifice character for plot.
My films do have characters who have trouble escaping the world around them.
I love improvising.
I love mixing amateurs and professionals.
But I notice that there is a lack of darkness in my movies and I don't know where that comes from.
ABBA: The Movie; I got a lot of grief for working on that.