is a film about psychosis and reconstruction of reality, or perhaps more accurately, the ongoing process of constructing reality. A psychotic is really basically doing the same thing that every human must do, but he is out of sync with the group psychosis that is society, and he is not consistent in his structures. [...] The appeal, it was bizarre because if you had just sort of outlined the story to me I might not have thought that I would immediately be attracted to it, but I was in it right from the first page. And I know this will immediately be misunderstood, but that´s OK, what else is new, I totally identified with the lead character Spider. Thinking of myself as a sort of vagrant whose been let out of a mental institution and is very confused about his past. I completely was Spider. Now, of course its not literal, but there´s some other...my background, and childhood couldn´t have been more different, but somehow I just really related to this character and what he was going through. [...] I feel like Spider and I definitely think of this and I´ve talked to Ralph about it, and we both got very excited cause we´re both thinking along the same lines of it as a sort of Samuel Becket character. Of course there´s a real connection between Pinter and Becket as well. To the extent that we´re really toying with him looking at him as a model, his hair in this is going to be Samuel Becket himself. We´ll see, we´re playing with that. So I don´t see this character as pathetic or psychotic. Somehow he´s very human and very universal even though the specifics of what he is are not that. And so then of course I naturally think of it as being an existentialist piece. So I guess I´ve started my analysis of what appeals to me about this, because he´s really kind of having to make his life up from scratch again and again. And the other thing is the tone of it. The physical textures of it. Its kind of moldy, English wallpaper and there´s something about that appeals to me. As you can see by this house, not that I want to live in that. But the textures of it, and it´s so beautifully written. Patrick McGrath who wrote the novel wrote the script. And it´s a wonderful script and ifs written very much with the novelist´s sense of texture but very cinematically done. [...] but as I pointed out to Patrick, the voice of Spider in the novel is completely unlike what you could believe of the character of Spider in the movie. It´s a different Spider in the movie basically. Because he barely speaks in the movie, it´s almost a pantomime. In the novel, the premise is that you are reading Spider´s notebook.