The atmosphere was different to any other film I’ve ever been on. He’s very concerned about every actor. He involves you with all the others. He’s so welcoming, and you go to his house. You just feel it’s almost a family affair, not the remote suits you’re usually dealing with, but I had no idea he’d be such a great guy! He’s just so warm! It’s wonderful to be that relaxed on a film, not permanently terrified. - Maggie Smith, about Robert Altman.