The Danish director, who recently picked up the Oscar for Best International Feature Film for the same movie, is defending the remake.
The movie involves “four teacher pals in midlife crisis who decide to experiment with raising their blood alcohol levels as a way to make life more interesting. While they initially are exacting about their levels, things progressively get out of hand for some of them.
The original movie starred Mads Mikkelsen, and Thomas doesn’t think Mads would do it again.
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Speaking with IndieWire the day after the Oscars, Thomas mentions he was planning a meeting with Leo‘s Appian Way.
“I’ve seen various interpretations of my work before,” he shared. “It’s an interesting artistic thing to see something grow into different versions. Now, it’s in the hands of the finest actor you can get and besides being a brilliant actor, he’s made very intelligent choices throughout his career.”
Thomas added, “I feel there’s a lot of integrity in the choices he’s made. I’m full of hope and curiosity about what they’re up to.”
He also spoke about why not just let Mads reprise his role.
“I’ll leave those kind of decisions to Appian Way and the dialogue I’ll have with them,” he said. “I don’t know if Mads would do such a thing. My first thought would be to make a different interpretation. Asking the same actor to do a different interpretation could be a little bit confusing. But I won’t be the main creative force in this. That would have to be up to the people who end up doing it.”
Going more into depth, Thomas notes that the remake isn’t just about subtitles.
“It informs the possibility of culture to move across borders in different ways. Having said that, it’s still very limited. I don’t think this is only about trying to make this understandable to people who can’t read subtitles. I see this as an artistic project where someone is using the text as a starting point and developing it into something else. It’s a different culture; it’s not only a different language.”