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Two months shooting, and everything went well. The script was great, the actors brilliant. You can do the easiest thing but it turns out to be difficult. But that one just happened. Everything went smoothly. From the first cut on, people just melted over that movie [laughs]. Actually, after 'The Hulk' I thought I would do something easier, and I thought that was going to be strictly arthouse. When it hit the shopping mall, I got worried.
What did you have to learn or perfect specifically for 'Life of Pi'?
Well, India. Religion. It's about God, not necessarily religion, but I still needed to get into it somewhat. Water. A lot of study about how to do water, except you're paying for it. You're not studying and doing research, and then the work. You're doing the work while you're learning. So, that actually turned out to be the most painful part. 3-D is new to me. It's a new cinematic language, new to everyone. Nobody can really give you advice. So, we were groping along the way.
How did you study religion? Through texts?
Yeah, texts. I’m not like Pi, practicing all the religions [laughs]. I talked to people, to the faithful. Particularly India, the Hindus I’m not familiar with, so I had to get into it. Visiting temples.
I half-expected Richard Parker, the Bengal tiger, to get a nomination.
Was that one of the most challenging aspects?