For those who have been wondering about the relationship between Gilliam and Grey in Snowpiercer, here is director Bong Joon-Ho’s interview from last year with a Korean movie website.
(Major Snowpiercer spoilers)
[Translated by me]
Q: In order for the tail section people to keep have children, sex is necessary; yet there isn’t much description of sex throughout the film. Moreover, it’s questionable if the population would be sustained when there are way more men than women in the tail section.
Bong Joon-Ho : Most young women in the tail section were drafted to the front section and you can see them in the club scene. Actually, there is a brothel section in the train according to the original graphic novel, but we couldn’t make it due to limited production budget. They kept just enough number of women in the tail section to provide children.
There is another extreme (*The interviewing website is called EXTREME MOVIE:p) backstory that I’m revealing for the first time: there are homosexual relationships among the men. Gilliam, played by John Hurt, and Grey, played by Luke Pasqualino, seem like a couple with a large age gap. Gilliam is someone whom Grey admires deeply, of course, but one could imagine they sleep together, too (laughs). And Gilliam sends Grey (who is his lover) to Curtis.
(Grey has Gilliam’s name tattooed on the heart side of his chest.)
So there you go. Gilliam/Grey is official;)
They kind of remind me of the ancient Greek homosexual relationship: Gillaim as the old mentor (Lover) and Grey as the young adolescent (Beloved). I would like to know if it was the same for Gilliam/Curtis or Curtis/Edgar but I haven’t found any interview mentioning it.
Here are some other interesting stuffs that I’m too lazy to fully tranlate:
- The Inuit woman of the Frozen Seven is Yona’s mother. She escaped first and promised to meet Namgoong Minsu and Yona a year later, but her plan was too haste and she froze to death.
- The cutting of the fish is kind of a ritual. Being kept in the train for 18 years, the soldiers need an exciting event or a performance that they can remember and talk among themselves later.
(Director Bong originally thought about using a rabbit, but he thought it was too extreme and changed to fish. Harvey Weinstein wanted to cut this scene out but Bong pleaded, lying that his father is a fisherman. LOL)
- Gilliam probably began cooperating with Wilford after the escape of the Frozen Seven. Wilford sent him a secret envoy.
- Wilford changes his mind to audition Curtis as his heir after seeing the torch relay, thinking Curtis is better than what he expected. However, Namgoong Minsu’s escape plan was beyond his prediction.
- Wilford is bisexual. He slept with Claude [his secretary], the Egg-Head, Mason, and the pregnant teacher. Yet, his the One is the Engine.
- Director Bong wanted to express hope in the ending, implying that it is a good enough condition for people to live outside.