Opening tomorrow is director Joe Wright’s adaptation of the classic Leo Tolstoy novel Anna Karenina. The film takes place in late 19th century Russian society and stars Keira Knightley as an adulterer who questions her happiness. In true Wright fashion, this isn’t exactly a straightforward adaptation; the director has set much of the film in a lush theater that uses over 100 interconnected sets to allow the action to move fluidly through a door and into a separate setting entirely. The film also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, and Olivia Williams. For more on Anna Karenina, here’s Matt’s review, five clips, and all our previous coverage.
At the press day, I spoke to Jude Law. We talked about what it was like to collaborate with Joe Wright and his unique camera angles, how he found out Wright wanted to tell the story in an unconventional way, the status of the 3rd Sherlock Holmes movie with Robert Downey Jr., and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
While the last few years has seen a number of great “bromances” on movie screens, I think my favorite was the love affair between Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in Guy Ritchie‘s Sherlock Holmes. Not only did they successfully reboot Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s characters to a new generation of moviegoers, they looked like they were having a blast in the process and their great chemistry made everything more believable.
So when I got to visit the set of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows earlier this year outside of London, I got to see their working relationship first hand. However, if you think the sequel is just going to be more of the same, Downey Jr. told us that the bromance is not front and center as “this time we are attempting to transcend that a little bit by making these two guys go up against something that is bigger than both of them.” During the on set interview Downey and Law also talked about the darker tone, the new characters, Watson’s gambling problem, their filming process, and a lot more. Hit the jump for what they said.
While Noomi Rapace had been acting in Sweden for a number of years, she wasn’t well known Stateside until she landed the role of Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish/Danish film adaptations of the Millennium series by author Stieg Larsson. However, after her breakthrough role, Rapace took meetings all over Hollywood and landed two big roles: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus.
While on set earlier this year, I got to participate in a group interview with Rapace and she talked about how she landed the role, who she plays (a gypsy named Sim), how a big budget Hollywood movie compares to her previous work in the indie world, how she prepared for the role, how she dealt with the action, working with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, and a lot more. Hit the jump for more.
In the sequel to Guy Ritchie‘s Sherlock Holmes, Jared Harris (Mad Men) plays the villain Moriarty, Holmes’ nemesis that was referred to at the end of the first flick. While the safe choice for Warner Bros. would have been to cast a huge star to play the villain, I think the casting of Harris was brilliant and perfect. First, he’s a great actor. But just as important as his talents in front of the camera is the fact that he’s a chameleon-like character actor. If the studio had cast someone like Tom Cruise in the role, you’d have a tough time seeing Moriarty on screen. However, with Harris as Holmes’ arch nemesis, I think they’ve nailed the casting and audiences are going to be in for a really fun ride.
Earlier this year I got to visit the set of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows when the production was filming outside of London. While on set I got to participate in a group interview with Harris where he talked about how he got cast, the way he worked with Robert Downey Jr. and Ritchie, the story of the sequel, how his Moriarty is so manipulative that he doesn’t need to commit violence himself or kill people as he can get others to do it for him, his research into the role, and a lot more. Hit the jump for more.
As the producers of the Sherlock Holmes movies, Susan Downey and Lionel Wigram (who helped write the first film) deserve a lot of credit for bringing Holmes into the 21st Century and making him appeal to a new generation of moviegoers. If you’re a movie nerd, you know the challenges of trying to bring classic literary characters to life. Especially ones that have been done many times before.
Anyway, earlier this year I got to visit the set of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows when the production was filming about forty-five minutes outside of London. While on set, I got to participate in a group interview with Downey and Wigram. We talked about the new cast members (Stephen Fry, Noomi Rapace and Jared Harris) and why they wanted them, Moriarty’s plan, where and when the sequel takes place, if there were any discussions about 3D, their thoughts on a 3rd Sherlock Holmes, and a lot more. Hit the jump for more.
Moriarty (Jared Harris) is sitting at a table inside the Hotel De La Ville in Paris surrounded by people. He’s reading a newspaper inside the cafe. After a few seconds, someone walks in to tell him something. While I can’t hear what they’re saying, the news must be important since he gets up after hearing it. As he rises out of the chair, the focus of the shot pulls to an old man sitting at a table in the foreground of the frame. The man is unremarkable. He wears a suit of no importance. He has a long grey beard and long grey hair. I didn’t notice him until the camera pulled focus. As Moriarty leaves the room and the man jumps out of his chair, I realize it’s Sherlock Holmes in disguise.
But let me back up a second.
Back in January, I got to visit the set of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows when the production was filming 45 miles outside London at Waddesdon Manor. While on set, I got to participate in group interviews with Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris, producers Susan Downey and Lionel Wigram, and director Guy Ritchie. As you might imagine, I learned a great deal about the Sherlock Holmes sequel, and if you hit the jump, you can read my “20 Things to Know” and watch a video blog about the visit.
With director John Carpenter’s The Ward opening in limited release this weekend, I recently conducted an extended interview with Jared Harris. In The Ward, Harris plays Dr. Stringer, the head of a mental institution which houses a young girl (Amber Heard) who is being terrorized by a ghost. During the interview, Harris talked about how he got involved in The Ward, what it was like to work for John Carpenter, and how his character changed over the course of filming.
In addition, Harris also talked about his upcoming work as the villain Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, what it was like to make the movie, his character arc on Fringe, what’s up with Mad Men and what it’s really like to make the show, what the last few years have been like as he’s landed some high profile jobs, great movie villains, and he reveals that he’s a big Star Trek fan,. Hit the jump for the interview.