But the earlier Escalades left something to be desired. "What I hated about it though was the more I drove it, the more I realized the early versions are such pieces of shit. Looked fantastic on the outside, low level of workmanship inside, things would fall apart. Interiors were rather cheaply done, lots of plastic. It just felt unbelievably cheap. I'm happy to report now we've got one of the latest models, they've fixed all of those things that tended to fall apart. Although I have to say, my beef with most American vehicles is the interiors are just a little cheaper than most European cars."
In the U.K. Anderson grew up with "Top Gear" and it is the only British show he still watches on cable. "Once every two months they would review an American vehicle and they're just merciless to them, you know - how cheap the interiors are. It's true. You kind of get used to it living in America, you lower your standards."
He said he might get a sportier car again later. "We are a one car family right now - director, movie star, one car between us," he says. "We're trying to reduce our carbon footprint. We do drive an Escalade, but we only have the one vehicle. Sometimes it's not easy I've got to say, but we're doing our best. It's funny that I've made a movie called 'Death Race' with the most amazing fast cars mounted with machine guns and I drive an Escalade. I just realized the irony involved there."
British Expats in California and Jaguar Convertibles
Before the SUV, he had his share of convertibles. Loyal to the Jaguar badge, he had a Jaguar XK8. And while making "Alien vs. Predator" in Prague, where he had a driver and a Mercedes, sitting in his Los Angeles garage was a Jaguar XKR. As soon as he could afford Jaguars, he had to have the convertibles.
"I'm English and I live in California, I'm obliged to have a convertible. For us, skin cancer does not exist. No one has the concept of that in England," he chuckles. "It's an unwritten rule that when you move to California and you're an English person, you have to drive a convertible and you have to bank with Wells Fargo because they have a stage coach on their bank card."
Wells Fargo? "It's just so American, then you realize Wells Fargo is one of the worst banks in the world. I would guarantee you, 95 percent of English people that move here drive a convertible and they bank with Wells Fargo in the first two years. So I would always drive a Jag and you know the interiors of those cars are just fantastic."
Anderson feels the English made cars that had a glamour about them, but they never worked. "That's why I love Jags. I grew up adoring Jaguars but when I could afford to start driving them, they were built by an American company, so the actual engineering had gotten a lot better."