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Ang Lee: 'Life of Pi is by far the hardest film I've ever done'

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Director Ang Lee has revealed that Life of Pi was the hardest film he has ever made.

The Brokeback Mountain director has confessed that the book was not "movie-friendly".


Lee told Metro: "Cinematically, this is by far the hardest film I have done.

"It is like staring into the eye of Richard Parker [the Bengal tiger in the movie]. It's very scary. How do you do the water on screen? And, more importantly, how do you handle a big budget with a somewhat philosophical book? How do you keep the balance?"

The book is set largely in the middle of the sea on a raft, with the narrator Pi alone apart from an orangutan, a wounded zebra, a hyena and a tiger.

"Fear is our strongest emotion. It forces me to work at my best but I am not looking for the fall, just the edge," the Academy Award-winning director said. "That is why I would try a bungee jump but I will never try a freefall. Feeling for the edge is enough and that gives me a thrill."

Life of Pi


"It is a fable about faith," added Lee, "and most people remember the book as tremendous fun, but the book's just not movie-friendly."

The film has been shot in a pioneering wave tank to capture the ebb and flow of the ocean.

When asked what the difficulties were shooting under water, Lee replied: "We had a lot of technical difficulties. Lenses get f**ked up when there's a temperature difference. Water creates all sorts of problems."

> Read Digital Spy's review of 'Life of Pi'

Life of Pi is in UK cinemas on December 20, and is currently on release in the US.

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