Polanski satte in annons i brittiska The Guardian för att hitta sin stjärna: ``Man 25-35 år, smal kroppsbyggnad, mörkt hår... känslig, sårbar och karismatisk"
boken gavs ut 1946, men förbjöds av den polska regeringen i flera decennier. Den skildrar författarens flykt från ett koncentrationsläger, samma upplevelser som Polanski delvis gick igenom. SJÄLVBIOGRAFISK
Roman Polanski, 69, doesn't like to talk publicly or even much privately about his experiences surviving the Holocaust as a boy in Poland. But his memory speaks volumes about it in a remarkable new movie, "The Pianist," a film based ostensibly on another man's life, the Polish Jewish pianist and composer Wladyslaw Szpilman. It is Polanski who falls to show an extra how her body should twist as it hits the ground after being shot -- drawing on the memory he had of a dead woman in the snow long ago. "Walk, don't run" are his father's own words to him when as a scrawny, undersized kid he escapes a ghetto roundup to Auschwitz. It is Polanski who has his set designers cover the windows in black paper because that is what covered the windows of his childhood. (VAR).
Brody, a 29-year-old American actor, literally starved himself to perform the role.
- I felt a huge responsibility because of the nature of this film. Roman made me go through hunger. He insisted I lose a tremendous amount of weight so that we could film the hunger scenes first. I had six weeks to lose 30 pounds (13.6 kg) said Brody, adding that was not all that he had given up -- to do the film he lost his Manhattan apartment, car and had a relationship crack up because never had he devoted himself so intensely to a role.