Hearing you talk about all this, I can’t help thinking — and couldn’t help writing — about the way that the closing credits of the movie just keep going and going. Like you don’t want to end this story.
It just seemed to me like I was on this massive trek to get it finished, my own trail of tears to get it done. Now I’ll have my life back. This gigantic movie will be over with. It was just about getting done. Now that it’s done, I’m kind of melancholy. Not sad, but melancholy. It’s what I’ve been doing for the last four years. And now it’s done.
Back in the ’80s, people kept telling Spielberg that he ought to get “serious” — and he did. Do you see that happening to you?
If I could ever do something as cool as Schindler’s List, I’d be very proud. I’ve thought I could do a serious movie about John Brown. But that’s something I’d have to do much later. It’ll be serious but it’ll still be fun — I could make it into a cool Western. In fact, I’m thinking that it’s going to be the last movie I do. And I think I should play John Brown. I look like the guy, and I can get into his way of thinking. But to do it, I’ll have to wait until I’m like 60 – it’ll have to be my Unforgiven. Yeah, I’ve thought about it. I could do John Brown. Hopefully, by the time I get around to doing it, it won’t be an old man’s movie.