February 1, 2005
Is it too late to say Happy New Year? I don't think so. I've just come back from The Sundance Film Festival. It was the first outing for my company Irish DreamTime with our independent film The Matador which was greeted warmly and heralded a great success. In fact, we sold out all eight performances and received a standing ovation!
From start to finish the movie was a joy to make. The cast and crew were a tight outfit. Of course when you only have a cast of three main characters, and when those players are actors like Greg Kinnear and Hope Davis, well, it was a walk in the park. We shot the entire movie in Mexico City in early spring of last year. The city and her people embraced us all, and in return we were seduced by her charms; it was truly a gifted time.
Immediately following Sundance, we sold our film The Matador, to none other than Mr. Harvey Weinstein at Miramax. To say that we are happy and overjoyed is an understatement. These moments must be cherished, shared, and enjoyed with friends as they don't come around that often.
Irish DreamTime is going full steam ahead on Thomas Crown 2, AKA The Topaki Affair, along with Lochinvar and a few other projects we are developing. In the meantime, life is filled with family. This time at home away from the hustle and bustle of location life is wonderful. I could get used to it.
I would like to thank all of you who have supported me over the last year or so in regard to my playing Bond. It was a decade of my life that I will always hold dear to my heart and a time that will never be forgotten. And you dear friends stood by me throughout. Many, many thanks! But everything comes to an end, and one must accept this decision which cannot be dealt with in any other way but with some kind of grace and knowledge that I did the job to the best of my ability.
So let us all go out there into each new day and be great, to ourselves and each other.
Love and only love,