G: Ok, so um, we know you’re working on Tin Tin right now, and I know you can’t say much about it, but on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being ‘superstoked’, and 1 being ‘meh whatever’, how amped would you say you are about working with Spielberg?
N: Erm, probably, erm, an 11? Erm… It’s STEVEN EFF’N SPIELBERG! Haha. Ya know? It’s like workin’ with, the president or, you know what I mean? It’s just amazing. And he’s such a nice bloke. And, going to work everyday, and knowing that he’s going to walk through that door, and direct you, and be totally accessible, and a good laugh, and full of stories… It’s a dream come true, really. I don’t really have much recollection, for one reason or another, of going to high school, but I do remember watching Close Encounters for the first time, and ET for the first time. You know what I mean? He’s had more impact on me personally, than high school ever had. And erm, he’s not the kind of guy that you can’t suggest things to. I mean, we suggested something on the day, and he laughs and says “that’s a great idea, let’s try that”, And when Steven Speilberg says “that’s a great idea”, Holy Shit… what a great thing.
G: That is great.
N: Hang on a second… Toby Jones has just walked up… Sorry bout that, G. So yeah, he’s great, and he’s great to work for. And it’s such a confusing medium as well, doing this motion capturing, it’s like the hardest thing in the world, and sort of smoothing out the edges so to speak, and he’s making us feel like it’s alright, and sort of takes our hand.
G: Cool! Very cool. So on a more hypothetical note, what two famous monsters would you most like to see battle it out in the middle of Tokyo?
N: Erm, a giant Stalin and a giant Margaret Thatcher. I don’t, erm, I hate to say that I’m not that big a geek, but I don’t really know two monsters. I mean, I could say like, what’s the common, Mothra, but I think I prefer Stalin and Thatcher.
G: Yeah, Val thought you would say Hitler.
N: (Laughs) You know what? My first two were Hitler and Lady Diana. You can choose either of those. I’m happy with it. Maybe like a 50-foot Lady Diana vs. a 50-foot Hitler over Tokyo. And maybe they could end up making love instead of fighting.
G: Wow, that would make a good kid. Alright, um, If you could invite 5 people, living or dead, over to your house for dinner, who would you invite? (please say Val and Geoi)
N: Ok, on that one I’ll have to say, you and Val, (laughs) obviously, uh, and then erm, Thomas, Simon, and Hitler… OR, Or you and val, Jimmi Hendrix, David Attenborough, Michael Palin, and maybe Hitler comes o’r for drinks.
G: (laughs) Okay… If you could be any type of food in the world, what would you be and who would you want to eat you?
N: Erm, I would probably say, well, you know, I’m a big foodie, and I love food, and Chris, my wife does too, and we spend a lot of our time eating, or thinking about what meal we’re going to eat, or sometimes we’ll be eating a meal and then thinking about 3 or 4 meals in advance. So for the purposes of this question, erm, I make, I mean I literally make the world’s best lasagna, so I’m going to have to say, I’d like to be a lasagna, and I’d like my wife to eat me, because it would give her a lot of pleasure. From eating her husband who’s a lasagna. Orr, maybe like a fajita. Maybe Hitler eating my fajita.
V: Have you ever seen a ghost, or a UFO, or a mythical creature?
N: Erm, I saw once a ghost AND a UFO, and the UFO was being flown by the Loch Ness Monster. Erm no. Know what? I think maybe, I kinda don’t believe in any of that. But, when I was a kid, it was a bit different. My family, especially on my Mum’s side, the Warth side, they were all a little bit spooky, and a little bit mediumy, and a bit ghosty. So, once when I stayed at my Auntie’s, at my Auntie Melanie’s house, erm, I was asleep on the couch and I heard, you know it was just before I’d fallen asleep, and I heard a coffee cup movin’ across the table. And that was kind of it, really. But I’ve always been, I’ve always had that really vivid imagination, so, when I was a kid, and early teens and stuff like that, I was always scaring the shit outta myself by thinkin’ of, thinking bout things. Nuclear war was fucking frightening enough. I had enough on my plate, without seein’ a ghost.
G: Yeah, I know exactly what you mean. Alright sir, well we want to thank you very very much for your time, we really appreciate you doing this interview for us.
N: It is no problem at all. Sorry I didn’t phone you earlier, but they been messin me about all day on set. So, look, if you’re gonna think of any more questions, and you wanna e-mail them to me, I can maybe fire off some answers to that. But yeah, that is a real pleasure, guys, it’s a pleasure.
G: Thank you, sir. Any words of wisdom you wanna leave us with?
N: Behave yourselves.
N: Oh, stop smoking cigarrettes! I’ve stopped smoking cigarettes. For like 14 days now… So I’m feeling quite strong and dumb. But… You know…
G: What about left-handed cigarettes?
N: Ahha, yeah! Yeah, I might stop smoking those… with strange Afghanistani tobaccos within them.
N: Listen, have a great night, and don’t smoke too many joints, and I’ll speak to you agian and I look forward to reading this on the site. ;-D
G: Ha. Alright, great! Thank you sir.
N: And love to Thomas too.
G: Yes sir.
N: I’ll speak to you later. Bye.