Excerpt from GQ UK magazine
GQ: Mélanie Thierry’s character Bainsley, has some great costumes. What do you think it is about nurses’ outfits that men are particularly drawn towards?
Terry Gilliam: It was written in the script that she dressed as a nurse, so the idea of putting her in a latex outfit [pictured] was the sexiest solution. We all had the same reaction on set: the minute she walked on in that pink wig and the orange high heels, we were all just completely besotted. We’ve had a few comments about her role, the typical sexist remarks. No. She’s got a job to do, she’s a working girl. What I love about her is she changes from this very sexy thing to a very real woman when she whips the wig off. I never appreciated the sound of latex until she swished onto set. What is it about a nurse? They heal you after a battle. They see you at your most vulnerable and get to do all sorts of things with your body that other people might not, or at least, professionally might not.
What’s interesting is Mélanie had never done a part like this before; she’d always had these demure and proper roles so I told her to think of Marilyn Monroe and Judy Holliday and she just did it. You’ve got to do a spread on her in your magazine. She’s so wonderful.