Madonna told the Associated Press she was nervous and felt under pressure as she brought her film W.E. to the UK to be screened at the BFI London Film Festival. "It's slightly nerve-wracking because it's about a British king, it's predominantly filmed in Britain, it's a British production, most of my actors are English and I know the British can be tough critics," Madonna said. "But I hope they like it."
Among the W.E. cast attending the screening gala at the Empire Leicester Square were Andrea Riseborough, James D'Arcy, Laurance Fox and Richard Coyle. The cast all agreed that Madonna was a very precise director who paid great attention to detail.
"She was extraordinary, because she was very prepared and passionate about the piece and that's what excited me when I first met her," admitted Andrea Riseborough.
"As a director Madonna is about as prepared a person I've ever worked with," James D'Arcy told the Associated Press. "Reams and reams of research she'd done. She gave me so many books and every single page was underlined, and if it wasn't underlined it was highlighted, and if it wasn't highlighted there was a post-it note on it."