There's a new interview with Paul Verhoeven over at SuicideGirls, prefaced by the interviewer's contention that Black Book, Verhoeven's latest, is one of the best films of the decade. I wouldn't go that far, but I do think it's one of Verhoeven's best works, which is saying a hell of a lot, and I'll be posting my review of the film on Wednesday morning. In the course of the interview, Verhoeven talks about what attracted him to the project, and about the characters -- anti-Nazi conspirators -- who face death around every corner. "My scriptwriter and I always felt that people under that kind of pressure are really living an existential life because every decision is extremely important," Verhoeven says. "The worst and the best come out."
After some more talk about Black Book, Verhoeven is led into a discussion of Starship Troopers and the unfair criticism it received at the hands of the critical community. "There was an article in The Washington Post when it came out that was not written by a movie critic," Verhoeven says. "One of the editors wrote it saying that this was a neo-Nazi movie and I was promoting fascism. That same article was published in all the European newspapers. When I went to do the publicity tour in Europe, everybody was already looking through that lens. The Washington Post is not a reliable newspaper anyway, but they said the film was written by a neo-Nazi or a Fascist and directed by one."
The most fun part of the interview comes at the end, when Verhoeven is quizzed on what he thinks about James Cameron's supposed Tomb of Jesus. The response is very long-winded and Verhoevian, but here's a sampling: "Of course, that Jesus was buried in some way and did not walk out of his grave is true. He stayed and he died. According to a very famous theologian Dominic Crossan, he thinks that the body was thrown in a mass grave and eaten by the dogs."