Nicolas Winding Refn has been riding a groundswell of rave reviews and fanboy adoration in the wake of of Drive, but not everything has gone perfectly.
In a new interview, the bluntly honest Danish director had no qualms about revealing that he's taken jobs for reasons other than artistic integrity:
I did two episodes of Marple back to back because, basically, I needed the money. It was fun – a good experience. I really liked working with Geraldine McEwan, she was a great actress. And Amanda Burton, too.
And as for a British TV gig that he really did want but was turned down for, direct your torches and pitchforks in the direction of producer Steven Moffat:
I would have loved to direct Doctor Who but they didn't want me – they turned me down last year.
To counter your heartbreak of being denied a Refn-helmed Doctor Who, he lit the flame of hope in fanboys' hearts by not discounting the possibility of a Drive sequel, which is ready as a novel to being released in the spring:
Well I think that… hmm. Let me just say that I haven't made up my mind yet. Stranger things have happened…
Check out Shortlist for the rest of the interview, which began with Refn bemoaning that he was sick of talking about Drive. Well, then. Hey, Moffat, how about giving the guy some Doctor Who experience to talk about instead?