"My room with a view (below). I had been looking forward to filming in Florence — we were housed a little outside the old city!"
"Such effects take a long time to set up and this one was so complicated it could only be filmed once by the three cameras shooting simultaneously. Janet and I were to sit up in bed and on cue re-act to the quakes rumble as cracks appeared in the wall. Under the bed stage-hands shook its frame as plaster and debris fell from the mock ceiling. At last this one-off shot was ready for 'action' — everything went according to plan until the last moment when I had to leap from the bed to safety. As I pulled back the bedclothes they revealed my lighter, the gold packet of 20 Benson and Hedges cigarettes and my half-finished crossword in the previous mornings copy of the London Times newspaper!" — Ian McKellen, August 1999
"Two game extras enlivened the scene - signing autographs is the director's sister Sarah Miles, accompanied by my lover the (temporarily) non-speaking Sean Mathias"