Q. Possibly the first time we’ve seen that many things fold into themselves in a movie in a while.
A. It was a lot. But it was twofold : It was a way to include a great deal of exposition without becoming the most boring film ever. My other idea was to have Anthony Hopkins talk for 25 minutes at the beginning.... But Oliver Stone stole it from me. But the other thing is, it worked because what I’m basically doing is a story about Mal as told by River. So where we start is in River’s mind — (...)