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Have you had any feedback from [The Painted Veil author] Somerset Maugham's family about the film?
We got a really nice letter from Maugham's grandchildren saying that this was their favourite of the films that had been made of his books. I certainly am of films like Out of Africa or the David Lean films.
He explains to BBC Movies why the film means so much to him...
You have stuck with The Painted Veil for over seven years.
So, you get the romance of period and place, and the exoticism of it, but there's something in it that I think people can recognise themselves in. I don't tend to respond to the people who meet through a wedding planner, or whose dogs get their leashes tangled.
We made the film for just over million, which is quite modest these days.Really, if you were just to film a rendition of the book you could film it in Shepperton. The second big phase was my contribution to it on script level.I came in and said to Ron that part of what needs to happen is it has to be inspired by the themes but the scope of it has to be expanded - both emotionally and even in terms of its view of China. So Ron and I worked for about a year along those general lines, maybe a year and a half.He became known during the late 1990s and early 2000s, having appeared in several independent films, and later mainstream Hollywood films, including the Scream trilogy of horror films, Ransom (1996), Phantoms (1998), The Sum of All Fears (2002), The Omen (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Taking Woodstock (2009), Salt (2010), Goon (2011), Pawn Sacrifice (2014), and Spotlight (2015).He later became known to a younger generation of audiences for his work in My Little Pony: The Movie (2017), Isle of Dogs and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018).