When I saw that mural, I thought this sums up the movie. I didn’t know the history of STIK, my editor told me the whole story about how he was homeless. I had already fallen in love with the imagery and then that just made it extra special. That mural represents people together – but they’re all haunted and separate, dealing with their own issues. But it’s also a redemptive piece of art too.
That’s kind of the entire movie. Here’s a woman who got a second chance at life after a catastrophic illness but she doesn’t know how to handle it. She’s blowing it a little bit, and it takes this guy coming into her life to help her see that.
Also the whole homeless aspect of the film. George Michael – homelessness was such a big issue for him that he wanted that included in the movie.
George, in one of my favourite songs that he does, Praying for Time, has a lyric – charity is a coat you wear twice a year. It’s true. Around the holidays you feel charitable but why shouldn’t that carry on throughout the year? Why can’t you feel that way all year?
Like it or not London, you guys do Christmas fantastic. I’ve lived most of the last 40 years in Los Angeles. When you put up lights on strip malls and palm trees, you don’t exactly get into the Christmas spirit. Wherever you live you get tunnel vision. An outsider can appreciate that beauty.