In the Daily Beast, Lorenza Muñoz sits down with TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY's Oscar nominees Gary Oldman and Pater Straughan to talk about the film. The screenwriter and the actor dissect five key scenes from the film: (1) George Smiley telling Peter Guillam (Benedict Cumberbatch); (2) Smiley finding Bill Haydon (Colin Firth) at his house; (3) Ricki Tarr (Tom Hardy) confessing all to Smiley; (4) Smiley with the hilarious Connie Sachs (Kathy Burke); (5) Smiley with Toby Esterhase (David Dencik) on the airfield. Fascinating stuff. For the Esterhase scene, Oldman comments:
It was something ridiculous like a 2,000-millimeter lens. We are on the airfield and they were miles and miles away. The crew looked like ants from where we were standing. The lens crushes all the depth of field. The plane stopped a good hundred meters from where we are standing but it looks like it is going to decapitate us. And Esterhase is all panicked. It worked rather well. I think David forgot his line.