Nicole, Sean, Sydney and Kofi?

TIME's Josh Tyrangiel sits down with Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn and Sydney Pollack of The Interpreter

Sydney Pollack is know for directing intelligent thrillers (The Firm) and intelligent actors (Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Meryl Streep). His newest film, The Interpreter, pairs Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn in the first movie ever shot inside the U.N.'s New York City headquarters. TIME's Josh Tyrangiel sat down with Kidman, Penn and Pollack to discuss Kofi Annan, Chris Rock and Princess Leia--and to hear Penn dispense a surprising number of Borscht-Belt-or-better-quality one-liners.

ALFRED HITCHCOCK WAS FAMOUSLY DENIED PERMISSION TO SHOOT NORTH BY NORTHWEST IN THE U.N. WHAT POWERS OF PERSUASION DO YOU HAVE THAT HE DIDN'T?

SYDNEY POLLACK: I'm...

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