How did this project come about?
Well, I didn't set out to make a movie about Doris Duke. The script was actually sent to me. And I immediately responded to it. The idea that the richest lady in the world, from this enormously upper class background, somehow bonded with her younger, Irish itinerant butler, Bernard Lafferty, who was barely a butler- almost illiterate, alcoholic and gay. This was not necessarily a sexual attraction, although in the movie we imagine that there might have been on her part some form of sexual attraction. And it really interested me, these two damaged people.
One can imagine if somebody had 1.3 billion dollars and they were a single woman, it would be damaging, somehow. Bernard was a pretty messed up guy. And yet somehow, six years after entering her service, she left him in control of her 1.3 billion dollar foundation. I thought that was quite fascinating. To really trace a personal story of what might've happened between these two people, that caused this intimacy. How much trust she places in him.
Where do you think that trust came from?