Today we have actor and filmmaker Lee Neville of The Three Times Moving Trilogy here to take The Petticoat Personality Test. So take a few minutes to learn more about his romantic film projects and discover which fun answers he chose to answer from our Petticoat Personality Test Vault below!
What is your favorite book, movie and/or TV show?
Favorite books are the Oz books by L. Frank Baum. I love the escaping to a new world of adventure element where you get to make exciting new friends along the way. I particularly remember that the first 8 books were re-released on paperback in the UK by Puffin to coincide with the release of Disney’s Return to Oz in 1985. They had a wonderful Return to Oz production still on the front cover and I wanted to collect all 8.
My all-time favorite movie is the 1995 version of A Little Princess directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Saw it 7 times at the movie theater. I love Sara’s complete belief in herself as being a princess and the magic that brings to those around her, despite the harshness and sadness of the reality that she is suddenly pulled into. I’ve watched it so many times that I no longer have the tears, but I still find myself holding them back. I was fortunate to briefly meet Alfonso Cuarón when he moderated a Q&A in London for the 2004 foreign language film Innocent Voices. When at the time I pointed out that A Little Princess was my favorite movie, he agreed that it was his favorite movie he’d directed too. I love so many other equally magical movies but special mentions go to Casper, Little Women, the Back to the Future trilogy, all Star Wars movies and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
When it comes to TV shows the list goes on. All-time is My So-Called Life that in my opinion has the best pilot episode ever, a story that introduces the characters, sets up the series and most of all makes you feel for them in such a short time. Also love Dawson’s Creek particularly the first season, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel, Highway to Heaven, all Star Treks and Ally McBeal. And if you need to know how to reboot a series I would suggest Knight Rider and Dallas as great examples.
If you could be or live as any character (book/movie/TV show) for one day, who would you choose?
That’s easy! Superman- preferably when Doomsday’s not in town.
What are you reading and/or watching right now?
Reading this question and watching Bachelor in Paradise. I’m a romantic.
Any guilty pleasures?
Chocolate, ice cream, hot girls- just not all at once. Well, maybe the chocolate and ice cream…
If you could teleport/time travel to any time period when and where would you go and why?
When it comes to where I guess it depends, but I love Florida. The selfish part of me says right after the next lotto draw so I know what the winning numbers are and can come back, buy a ticket, choose those numbers, win the jackpot and be super-rich. Then again maybe I’d like to travel to a time where money no longer matters, there’s no prejudice, there’s world peace and we all coexist happily together- I’m guessing that’ll be somewhere really far in the future.
Talk about a fictional character that moves or inspires you.
Simply put- Sam Beckett from Quantum Leap– a person who strives to put right what once went wrong.
Are there any filmmakers that influence you?
I really like the fun and comedy mixed in with intense drama from creators like Joss Whedon (he signed a Buffy The Vampire Slayer VHS boxset alongside actress Amber Benson for me at the London Forbidden Planet store in 2001) and David E. Kelley. I’d also like to mention that the actor that most influences my own acting choices is Brent Spiner, particularly his performance as Lt. Commander Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation. And above all, my biggest entertainment influence is Walt Disney- my favorite Walt Disney quote is: “Over at our place, we’re sure of just one thing: everybody in the world was once a child. So in planning a new picture, we don’t think of grown-ups, and we don’t think of children, but just of that fine, clean, unspoiled spot down deep in every one of us that maybe the world has made us forget and that maybe our pictures can help recall.”
Who was your teen celebrity crush?
Winona Ryder. We’ve actually met but I doubt she’ll remember. When I was 16 in 1994 I told a good friend that one day I was going to meet Winona Ryder and then I was going to marry her. A decade later in 2004 I was at the premiere of Before Sunset at the Arclight in Los Angeles that I’d managed to get a ticket for as part of the L.A. Film Festival. As I entered I asked the usher if anyone famous was going to be attending. The usher pointed out Winona Ryder in the main press section- this was a welcome surprise as she wasn’t even in the movie- I guess she was supporting director Richard Linklater who was directing or about to direct her in A Scanner Darkly. Heading over to the regular people section, I noticed that Winona Ryder’s entourage was on her left and no one was sitting next to her on her right. Knowing that I would regret this potential opportunity yet being concerned security might throw me out or she might think I was a stalker, I took a deep breath, and bravely walked up to Winona asking if I could sit next to her and watch the movie with her. After a brief hesitant moment, she kindly agreed and I got to watch Before Sunset with Winona Ryder. I was very polite, I watched the movie without checking her out in the corner of my eye, and then thanked her afterwards before moving on. Added bonus was that I also got to meet Julie Delpy. I doubt she’ll remember me either. It was not too long afterwards that I went back to my good friend and said that when it comes to Winona Ryder, now I’ve got the meeting part out of the way, all I have to do is marry her.
What is the funniest movie you’ve ever seen?
Home Alone and Home Alone II: Lost in New York. When I saw Home Alone for the first time, I actually wanted to see another Disney movie that was also playing and was not happy at the start, but the movie itself completely changed my mind. I love the crazy, fun, ridiculousness of it all. And I love Christmas.
If you could pick a combination of three fictional characters the most like you, who would they be and what traits do they have that mirror your own?
Dawson Leery- he’s a filmmaker and tries to be a moral centre, sometimes succeeding and sometimes failing at this. Ally McBeal- she’s really emotional. Sam Beckett- he always tries to make things right.
ABOUT LEE NEVILLE
“Lee Neville is an actor from London, England. He is also a filmmaker. Other passions include the USA that he hopes to move permanently to one day, fitness and nutrition, and volunteering with children’s charities.”
ABOUT THE THREE TIMES MOVING TRILOGY
“The Three Times Moving Trilogy comprises the three newest short films in the Time Moving romantic drama series where time is ever present. Produced on a zero budget scale, the series began with Time Stops Moving in 2010, continued with the sequel Time Always Moving in 2011, and now in 2014 the Three Times Moving trilogy begins with Three Times Moving: The Kiss Through Time, is followed by Three Times Moving: A Time to Lie, and concludes with Three Times Moving: Time Forgotten. For those that like their drama serious, and with mystery and intrigue. Between the past and the present is a lost memory. Something time won’t let him forget.”
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