While attending the prestigious graduate screenwriting program at UCLA, he wrote a small Hollywood studio film,'The Big Tease,' with Scottish comedian 'Craig Ferguson'. Although the film was not very successful, it led to working with various A-List movie studios, producers, and stars. However, as of 2005, only a couple of his screenplays have been produced and he never graduated from UCLA.
His mother is Canadian who lives in London and Toronto.
He was the drummer for the rock band Bush before they became famous. At that time they were called the Diceheads.
Has a daughter named Bluebell Madonna, with ex-lover Geri Halliwell. The baby was born on May 14th 2006 in London. After Halliwell ended her relationship with him, she also banned him from attending the birth. The first time he saw his child was when Halliwell appeared with her on the cover of Hello! magazine. Halliwell has been adamant in proclaiming that their child only needs one parent.
Was the last person to interview dwarf actor Hervé Villechaize before the actor committed suicide in 1993. He has announced plans to write and direct a biopic.
Has written and sold the script The Terminal (2004). Tom Hanks is currently working with Gervasi on a new draft and will star in the picture. [May 2002]
Personal Quotes (10)
Allow a film to have its own life.
Great material finds a way. Making movies is so hard. You go up and down. Nobody wants to give you money for anything. It is soul destroying at times, but it reveals how much you really want it, and it is possible.
It's about marriage, collaboration and the passion of Hitchcock to make this movie that none of the studios would touch.
I love the story of an artist at the top of his game willing to personally finance and risk everything for something he believes in.
The idea of doing a love story about a man like Hitchcock who displays little to know outward emotion intrigued me from the very beginning.
When making an indie movie you have to operate at a gut level. To work at that intuitive level is how most good, creative decisions are made.
What did I learn from Spielberg? He taught me fluidity, energy, precision; his level of concentration is so intense and his ability to get in and out and move on is extraordinary. I learned concentration from him.
Anthony Hopkins was fantastic at channeling Hitchcock - he would stay in character on set and walk up behind people and say "good evening" and freak them out. He loved to joke around on set.
If you believe in it, commit 100% and go for it. Don't take no for an answer.
I wanted to make a film that was a love story about his marriage and the Hitchcock state of mind set in the backdrop of the making of Psycho.