I was delighted to have the opportunity last week to get together over the phone with one of Britain's favourite comedians, David Baddiel, to discuss, among other things, his new film The Infidel, which he wrote. The comedy stars Omid Djalili as a salt of the earth Muslim who discovers that he was born a Jew.
A good place to begin would be the start of any film — the script. With The Infidel being your first feature film, at what point in your life did you sit down and think, “right, aside from all the TV and radio, I'm going to write a movie”?
I've written films before, they just haven't been made. The first film I wrote was for John Hughes [Home Alone], incredibly. I went to America in the early '90s pitching an idea. I've actually met him once before and he commissioned it, it was called Forsaking All Others, and it was a romantic comedy. John Hughes ran a company called Great Oaks, who had a deal with Disney, and just as I was writing it, Great Oaks' deal with Disney ended, and at that point they were no longer in a position to just make movies, so basically, to cut a long story short, we couldn't find the right talent to get behind the film, which is a shame, as I quite liked the idea for that movie.