Art is nothing without passion, and Beyond Borders director Martin Campbell’s passion is one of the saving graces of the film.
When talking to Campbell, an obvious sense of passion comes through, in addition to very strong opinions and a dry sense of humor.
He is the type of man who would be fun to have coffee with and talk about all subjects, including his extreme left wing politics.
Oddly enough, according to Campbell, his direction almost did not come to pass. The project of Beyond Borders had been around for five years, and was originally attached to Oliver Stone.
According to Campbell, he came on for a change of pace from his previous films, Goldeneye and Vertical Limit. Another reason for taking on the film was because he “likes going out on location.” He believes being out on location brings out the best in his actors, and in the case of Clive Owen in the film, he is absolutely correct.
Fans of Campbell can look forward to an upcoming sequel to his film The Mask Of Zorro. Hopefully it will be a return to form for him after the subpar Beyond Borders.
Chuck DelRoss can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org