When Letizia, Sir Ken’s Italian-born wife, came out to Ireland she
was shocked at his state of mind. She persuaded him to return to
England and see a doctor for the sake of his health.
“So now I was in hospital in England with a breakdown. Stanley
rang the hospital every day to see how I was doing and if I was
still alive. The day I left he phoned me at home.
“He said: ‘Ken you were right: we’re going to change the way we’re
making the film and you’ll love it. I’m sending a second unit to
Potsdam in Germany to pick up extra material and I want you to
Sir Ken laughs. “Well I found that idea such a huge shock I had to
go straight back to the clinic and check in again.”