He is one of America's great actors, and on screen is as intense and ferocious a performer as exists in Hollywood. There's only one De Niro.
On paper, it should have been a cinch reassemble the team that turned Thomas Harris's thriller The Silence Of The Lambs into an Oscar-winning phenomenon and crank out another edition of everyone's favourite cannibal franchise.
In practice, the story of Hannibal's evolution from best-selling novel to blockbuster film unwinds with all the ease of a Gordian knot, the only certainties being that it was a best-selling novel and it will be a box office smash.
Willem Dafoe is that rare breed of actor who glides effortlessly from one role to the other, from mainstream Hollywood like Spider-Man to independent fare, such as his latest film, Shadow of the Vampire. Whether he's Jesus or Nosferatu, he remains credible in the role.
Matthew Arnoldi: Could you first of all briefly describe the role you play in your latest film "In too deep" ?
OE: I play a cop fresh out of Police Academy who goes undercover to trap a drugs lord played by LL Cool J. It’s based on true stories of undercover cops who wage war on drugs. It’s rather like a documentary, you see the story as it’s happening.
The last time David Duchovny was in Scotland he was 10-years-old, just another American kid being dragged round the old country by a mother who had left her home near Aberdeen for a new life on another continent.
When a man who's already played two black cultural icons tells you there is no agenda at work, that he's only an actor and it just sort of happened that way, m'lud, you'd be forgiven for lobbing an ''Aye, right'' back over the net at him.
When the actor in question recently won a prestigious Golden Globe for his portrayal of a third black icon - Rubin ''Hurricane'' Carter, the boxer framed for murder by a racist police force in the 1960s and later celebrated in song by Bob Dylan - you'd almost certainly lob it back with top spin.
What does a Swedish film director look like? More to the point, what does a Swedish film director whose early work includes Abba: The Movie and a segment for The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour that was dropped from the final edit look like? Bitter, probably.
Waiting to meet Lasse Hallström, then, I'm half expecting a grim Benny Anderson-Bjorn Borg hybrid: wispy beard, blonde hair, good English, bad headband, white flared Elvis-in-Stockholm jumpsuit.
Twenty six years after it was initially withdrawn from cinema screens Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange is finally receiving a full UK wide distribution. Rajan Malhotra looks at how, with its notorious scenes of violence, A Clockwork Orange became one of the most darkly enigmatic works of the cinematic age.
During its absence, Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange has taken on a mystique which has rarely surrounded a film since. It has achieved a notoriety which has, over the years, given it something akin to legendary status.
Richard Mowe, curator of film at the Lumiere Cinema, National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, selects the best Scottish films from over the last century. This is the second part.