Movie Fact #90 - November 15th, 2020

 

For his 2018 film The Favourite, director Yorgos Lanthimos engaged the main actors in a unique and unorthodox rehearsal process that lasted three weeks prior to principal photography. How the process went, as described by the New York Times, the actors "delivered their lines while trying to tie themselves in knots, jumping from carpet tile to carpet tile, or writhing around on the floor". Co-star Rachel Weisz described one exercise where the actors linking arms to create a "human pretzel" while another saw "Somebody's butt is in your face, your face is in their butt, and you're saying the lines for a really serious, dramatic scene while doing that". Olivia Coleman said, "He had us do all sorts of things that keep you from thinking about what your lines mean". Co-star Emma Stone elaborated that Lanthimos had them perform these exercises because he wanted to see "how much we could sense each other without seeing each other". Lanthimos himself said he believed the rehearsals allowed the actors "to not take themselves too seriously, learn the text in a physical way by doing completely irrelevant things to what the scene is about, just be comfortable about making a fool of themselves". One of the major praises for the film was in fact the dynamics of the leads and now it's easy to see why. Stay tuned!

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