British film-maker Mike Leigh is famed for treating his actors so well,
they forget the harsh reality of working with less methodic directors.
The award-winning Vera Drake director allows his actors to experiment and
enjoy the luxury of an extended rehearsal period.
But the 62-year-old refutes suggestions he spoils actors for future
projects because other directors' approaches fall short.
He explains, "It's not just a question of there being no script and a long
rehearsal period. I try to create a proper environment so my actors can
function as proper artists.
"It's very different for them and very stimulating. But I think this comes
under the heading of 'not for me to say'.