Much to the delight of millions of people everywhere, Steven Spielberg brought Roald Dahl’s BFG to the movie screen. Spielberg has ‘come out’ about his dyslexia (see below) and he seems to be discussing it more and more when the topic comes up in interviews.
Of course, many believe Roald Dahl was himself dyslexic as one of his grammar school teachers had written: “I have never met anybody who so persistently writes words meaning the exact opposite of what is intended.”
“Loneliness is a place that is familiar to me,” admits the 69-year-old Spielberg, immediately recognisable in blazer and beard. “I was that way when I was younger before having children, before getting married. But I remember like it was yesterday what it felt like to really feel isolated and alone. And I felt that way about the BFG and it was very easy to tell his story because I came from the same place he came from.”
The BFG is Spielberg’s first Disney film. Spielberg said he has always admired Disney: “It was very brave of him to introduce that combination of darkness and light, which was so much Walt Disney’s original signature in a lot of his earlier works like “Dumbo,’ “Fantasia,” “Snow White,” and “Cinderella.” Being able to be scary and redemptive at the same time, and teach a lesson, an enduring lesson, to everyone,” Spielberg said of his inspiration, which stemmed from the first time he saw “Snow White.”
Have you seen BFG? What do you think?