People seem to be under the impression everyone knows everyone in film. That couldn’t farther from the truth. For the 2011 film “The Deep Blue Sea”, director Terence Davies wanted actress Rachel Weisz for the part of Hester Collyer after he noticed her and her “incredible talent” in “Amy Foster”…except that film was all the way back in 1997. Davies hadn’t heard of Weisz before seeing her in that film and when Davies asked his agent to meet with Weisz to talk to her about taking the role, Davies asked his agent, “Have you ever heard of this girl Rachel Weisz?”. His agent joked with Davies by answering “She’s an Oscar winner!”.
Weisz actually laughed at this by saying, “I don’t think Terence (Davies) knows very well anyone who’s not in a black and white film”. It is through these new experiences and meeting new creative people in film that filmmakers expand and make new films that, with the help of these new people, allow them to go in directions they never though possible both with stories and characters.