BEFORE SUNSET star Julie Delpy was keen to make sure the sequel to the 1995 hit film Before Sunrise was as good as the original.

Delpy would speak with co-star Ethan Hawke and director Richard Linklater throughout the interim years about a possible follow-up as they often themselves musing over the fate of the characters JESSE and CELINE.

Delpy says, "It is dangerous when you do a sequel. You don't want to ruin the first film by doing a sequel that is too similar (to the original) or too different, or too good.

"We sat down and talked about the concept and we decided it was going to be an hour-and-a-half in real time.

"We started writing the script in 2002 and finished it just a couple of weeks before we started shooting, but I didn't let myself believe it was actually going to happen until Ethan literally arrived for rehearsals."

Delpy found filming in real time on location "fun but challenging" and she needed "two heads" to tackle the technical and creative demands.

Although there are no plans for a third film, Delpy adds, "It would only be worth doing if we wanted to explore something else with these two characters, like them living together.

"We could call it 'Before We Go Crazy'."

25/07/2004 21:37