Guy Ritchie talks—at great length, repetitively, meanderingly, often philosophically—to Tom Chiarella, but the part of the Esquire interview receiving the most hype is, of course, the director’s comment on ex-wife Madonna. “Here you go: I still love her,” he says, adding—in an echo of her saying once that he is “emotionally retarded”—“But she's retarded, too.”
Ritchie had a lot more to talk about, though. He appreciates Sherlock Holmes—subject of his upcoming film—because “he was the West’s first martial artist.” (Ritchie himself, popularly thought of as a brawler, practices Brazilian jujitsu.) He lives by three lines—“You have to be comfortable being uncomfortable” and “It’s okay to have beliefs, just don’t believe in them” are the first two—but he won’t tell you the third. Unless, of course, you get him drinking.