Siddig Talks 'Night Witches'By Caillan
July 27, 2001 - 3:47 PM
Alexander Siddig (Julian Bashir) knows that film-making is a risky business, but he's giving his all to see that his latest project, 'The Night Witches,' gets made.
"No one has any idea whether or not any film is ever going to get made until you find yourself in front of or behind a functioning camera with lights and silly costumes and the whole nine yards, that's the deal," the actor wrote in a letter to his official fan site, SidCity.
Siddig talked about his preparations for the movie, which will mark his feature film directorial debut. "I'll be flying back and forth between the UK and Russia and possibly Canada," he said, "taking photos of locations, meeting actors, fighting producers, putting out fires, starting fires, shouting 'fire that guy, I hate him' (maybe not), and trying my hardest not to get fired myself."
The film deals with a group of Russian women, enlisted by the Soviet Union as fighter pilots to fight off the Germans during World War II. Siddig said that he's hoping for the most authentic cast possible. "Right now I'm talking with everyone about what kind of cast we're going to shoot for - all Russian? Or English or American? Or a mixture? My ideal scenario is to hire an all Russian, English speaking cast. There are the most amazing Russian actors out there."
'Night Witches' isn't Siddig's only current feature project. The actor is currently starring in 'Reign Of Fire,' which centres around a group of fire-breathing dragons in a post-apocalyptic future. Coming Attractions has recently posted some photos from the shoot, including the construction of a castle for the film, while glimpses of some props can be found here at ShowBiz Ireland.
The full letter from Siddig about his preparations for 'Night Witches' can be found here at Sid City. Recent updates at the site also include several photos from the actor's appearance at Page's Bar, England.