The day after the press junket, we all turned up again to record the DVD commentary - me, Chris, Tim, Andy, Danny, Babou, and John Frankish the production designer (Claudie couldn't make it, and Laura and Toby were still in the US). It was a big group one, all of us together, in a tiny Soho screening room, like a mini cinema. I've always wanted to do a commentary, and I was determined to be prepared - I hate commentaries where there are long silences, people laughing at the jokes, and endless gushing praise for the actors. So I made some notes, made sure I had enough stuff to say. Chris had done some notes too, and was going to lead the chat, asking us all about various aspects of the movie. So we were all set.
Our finely crafted plans lasted about 12 seconds after Danny entered the room, grabbed a beer and took over, so we immediately settled into a random free-for-all. We had headset earphones and microphones, so if you wanted to say something, you had to be quick. It was hilarious, silly, and of course we ended up laughing at some jokes, and complimenting everyone. But at least it was entertaining. I managed to get about three sentences in, which is impressive considering the constant banter - you can't accuse this commentary of having long silences. I learned my lesson when I got asked about the dream sequence, early on - I was all set to say my piece about it, but thought I'd do a joke first. Joke got a laugh, I took a breath, and went to carry on - but my mistake was stopping for breath, as the banter just carried on. Half of the time I was too busy laughing to get a word in. I decided to abandon my carefully constructed discussions of the intention behind the writing, as even if I could have got any in, it would have killed the atmosphere dead - so I just tried to keep up with the joking, anecdotes, and banter. It was brilliant fun, just like we were all sitting around in a living room together. In fact, it was very much like the eatmybrains.com Zombie Club I went to, but with headsets - a gang of people, with booze, watching a movie and having a laugh.
So, that's one of my ambitions from last year finally achieved - I have "done" a DVD commentary. It was completely different to what I expected, but much, much better.