Todd then asked Tomas to explain how he went from making "an incredibly inventive vampire movie in Sweden" to pursuing John le Carree's spy material in the U.K. Tomas revealed that it was quite hard to explain why one accepts to start working on a project. However, he did say that when opening a script or, in this case a book, it is a very emotional thing. If he gets many images in his head and if he reacts very quickly, for example, crying, laughing, or his heart starts beating, for him, it is the big impulse he needs to accept a project. He also commented that he felt "Let the Right One In" was not a vampire movie but was a story about a young kid, and that this film was not an espionage film. For him it was about the soldiers of the Cold War, and that it was a very personal and emotional journey about relationships.
Todd pointed out that since the film is a 70's Cold War period piece, and asked if it had a contemporary resonate with the U.K. audience considering the film's tremendous popularity in that country. Gary responded that a great deal really has not changed over the years-other than the faces and the enemy and remarked that he personally gets the same kind of sensation watching the news today as he got when was fifteen-years-old.
Gary mentioned that he saw the original series but did not want to use it as a template or revisit it-that he did not want to be contaminated with an impersonation. He remembered it as "this big ghost that cast a shadow and I was terrified".
When asked by an audience member about a possible sequel covering the remaining books, Tomas replied that there might be one or two films in the future.
A question was raised as to why Tomas decided to use an old Julio Iglesias live disco version of "La Mer" over the last four minutes of the the action, which was contrary to the overall somber mood set throughout the movie. Tomas stated that during the scenes when George was listening to music in his apartment he thought about using a soundtrack that gave a glimpse of George's inner life. He eschewed the use of opera since the director thought of him as a romantic-which would be the total opposite of the life he lived in gray and dull England, and immediately he thought of Iglesias. However, Tomas did not use it there because "it would be a little too strange". However, he did find a rare vinyl recording of Iglesias' "La Mer" and decided to use it in the final scenes to "bring in a little fresh air" which would have the effect of "opening a window". He thought the song created that feeling, and that its use was not supposed to create a happy end feeling.
Gary was quizzed about his favorite role (he's been in over 60 films over the past 25 years!) and said it would be playing Lee Harvey Oswald (in Oliver Stone's 1991 film "JFK), stating that it was an exceptional experience because there was little of the character on the page. Stone instructed Oldman to thoroughly research Oswald to prepare him for the part. He also mentioned Tony Scott's 1993 action adventure "True Romance". Gary then added that he has jokingly said that he's been waiting over 30 years to play the part of George Smiley explaining that in the past he has played characters who physicalized their emotions and that it was a joy not having to express it in a physical way in this film.
When asked whether he plans to direct another film (he directed "Nils By Mouth" in 1997), Gary said he would like to but bringing up two boys has taken up a lot of his time. However, he said he was looking at a couple of projects and is hopeful he can direct one within a couple of years.