Lily James: ‘Filming Rebecca preyed on my own insecurities’

Lily James was unsettled while working on the new adaptation of Rebecca because playing Mrs. de Winter preyed on her own insecurities.In Ben Wheatley’s upcoming adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s novel, the Cinderella actress portrays de Winter, the…

Lily James was unsettled while working on the new adaptation of Rebecca because playing Mrs. de Winter preyed on her own insecurities.

In Ben Wheatley’s upcoming adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s novel, the Cinderella actress portrays de Winter, the second wife of Armie Hammer’s Maxim, who is forced to live in the shadow of his dead first wife, Rebecca.

Yet, James has now shared that the role ended up affecting her mental health and she began having panic attacks because her “deeply insecure” character preyed on her own issues.

“I found it really hard to let the second Mrs. de Winter go,” she told AnOther magazine. “God, the inner workings of her mind. She’s in such conflict, such turmoil. I started having real panic attacks. My heart would beat so fast.

“For a while after filming, I felt unsettled and discombobulated. It’s certainly the role I’ve inhabited the most. Even talking about it, I get kind of breathless. It’s crazy. It was a really powerful experience. I’m definitely an insecure person and the character is so deeply insecure that playing her preyed on my own insecurities. But that was quite an amazing dichotomy.”

James first revealed the role gave her panic attacks when she gave a BAFTA masterclass at the 2019 International Film Festival & Awards in Macao in December.

“She’s really bullied and gaslighted, she lives in a difficult headspace… I kept having panic attacks after it finished, I couldn’t shake it off,” the 30-year-old said at the time.

She also revealed the Netflix film will be “very different” to Alfred Hitchcock’s Oscar-winning adaptation, which starred Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine and was released in 1940.

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Lily James had panic attacks after filming Rebecca

Lily James suffered from debilitating panic attacks after she played a troubled character in her new movie Rebecca.The 30-year-old actress portrays Mrs. de Winter in the upcoming Netflix adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic Gothic novel, and she h…

Lily James suffered from debilitating panic attacks after she played a troubled character in her new movie Rebecca.

The 30-year-old actress portrays Mrs. de Winter in the upcoming Netflix adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic Gothic novel, and she has opened up about how the character’s “difficult headspace” affected her mental health.

“I found it really hard to let go of the character. She’s really bullied and gaslighted, she lives in a difficult headspace,” Lily said during a BAFTA masterclass at the 2019 International Film Festival & Awards in Macao. “I kept having panic attacks after it finished, I couldn’t shake it off.”

Lily also revealed that the film, directed by Ben Wheatley, will be “very different” from Alfred Hitchcock’s Oscar-winning adaptation, which starred Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine and was released in 1940.

The story follows Mrs de. Winter as she begins married life with her husband Maxim, played by Armie Hammer, at his sprawling coastal family estate. However, oppressive housekeeper Mrs. Danvers, portrayed by Kristin Scott Thomas, constantly berates the young woman, and she is forced to live in the shadow of Maxim’s dead first wife, Rebecca.

During the talk, Lily recalled her fond memories of working on TV series Downton Abbey and credited her former castmates – such as Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville – for helping her build her confidence.

“I learned to do screen acting in the most high-pressured environment – I felt like I couldn’t make a mistake. But on the other hand, it was the best opportunity I could ever have been given, it’s such an ensemble piece, so I was learning from the best straight away,” Lily explained. “I’ll be forever grateful for the job, we’re still a family.”

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Annette Bening in talks to join Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile

Annette Bening is in talks to join Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer in Kenneth Branagh’s murder mystery Death on the Nile. According to editors at Deadline, the Oscar-nominated actress is in negotiations for the part of Euphemia, even though no character be…

Annette Bening is in talks to join Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer in Kenneth Branagh’s murder mystery Death on the Nile.

According to editors at Deadline, the Oscar-nominated actress is in negotiations for the part of Euphemia, even though no character bears that name in Agatha Christie’s 1937 novel of the same, or the 1978 movie adaptation.

It has been speculated by social media users that Euphemia could be the new name for alcoholic romance novelist Salome Otterbourne or the fiery widow Miss Van Schuyler, who were played by Angela Lansbury and Bette Davis, respectively, in the original film.

Bening would join a star-studded cast which includes Gadot as heiress Linnet Ridgeway Doyle, Hammer as her husband Simon Doyle, as well as Black Panther’s Letitia Wright as Rosalie Otterbourne.

Branagh, who previously helmed another Agatha Christie movie adaptation, 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express, will once again direct and star as the mystery writer’s beloved detective Hercule Poirot, who finds himself in the middle of a murder mystery on a luxury cruise through Egypt. Tom Bateman also returns as his friend Bouc.

Branagh has once again hired Michael Green to write the screenplay from Christie’s novel. Judy Hofflund, Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Kevin Walsh, and Mark Gordon will produce. Filming is due to begin later this year ahead of a cinema release in October 2020.

Bening, who most recently starred in superhero movie Captain Marvel, will next be seen in drama The Report with Adam Driver, Georgetown alongside Christoph Waltz, and thriller Turn of Mind, with Michelle Pfeiffer.

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Robert Pattinson to be next Batman – report

Robert Pattinson is reportedly in final negotiations to take on the role of the Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’ The Batman.While the deal has yet to be finalised, “Pattinson is the top choice and it’s expected to close shortly,” industry insiders told…

Robert Pattinson is reportedly in final negotiations to take on the role of the Caped Crusader in Matt Reeves’ The Batman.

While the deal has yet to be finalised, “Pattinson is the top choice and it’s expected to close shortly,” industry insiders told Variety. Pre-production on the movie, expected to hit cinemas in June 2021, is thought to be starting this summer.

Warner Bros. has yet to comment on the speculation.

Despite Variety’s news piece, other industry publications aren’t so sure about whether or not Pattinson’s involvement in the movie is a “done deal”. Deadline reported that the studio is trying to decide between the former Twilight star and Nicholas Hoult, while The Hollywood Reporter suggested Armie Hammer and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are two of the other names linked to the part.

Whoever lands the role has some big shoes to fill. Ben Affleck was meant to be reprising his role in the movie, as well as directing it, but stepped down in January (19), after deciding he “couldn’t crack it”.

“I tried to direct a version of it and worked with a really good screenwriter, but just couldn’t come up with a version, I couldn’t crack it,” he explained during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “So I thought it was time to let someone else take a shot at it. They got some really good people, so I’m excited.”

Director Reeves is most famous for helming the last two Planet of the Apes movies.

While Pattinson is arguably most famous for playing vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight movies between 2008 and 2012, he has since starred in films including Good Time, The Lost City of Z, and High Life.

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Armie Hammer unsure about revisiting Call Me By Your Name for sequel

Actor Armie Hammer fears a sequel to Call Me By Your Name will only lead to “disappointment” because the Oscar-nominated gay love story was so well received. The Social Network star teamed up with Timothee Chalamet to play lovers in the 2017 romantic …

Actor Armie Hammer fears a sequel to Call Me By Your Name will only lead to “disappointment” because the Oscar-nominated gay love story was so well received.

The Social Network star teamed up with Timothee Chalamet to play lovers in the 2017 romantic drama, and, after winning critical acclaim, writer/director Luca Guadagnino began brainstorming ideas for a follow-up.

Last year (18), Armie insisted he would jump at the opportunity to revisit the characters with the same cast and crew once more, but now it appears he’s having second thoughts, because he doesn’t want to ruin the magic of the original movie with a less-than-impressive sequel.

“The truth is, there have been really loose conversations about it (a sequel), but at the end of the day – I’m sort of coming around to the idea that the first one was so special for everyone who made it, and so many people who watched it felt like it really touched them, or spoke to them,” Armie mused to Vulture. “And it felt like a really perfect storm of so many things, that if we do make a second one, I think we’re setting ourselves up for disappointment. I don’t know that anything will match up to the first, you know?”

Hammer admits he has yet to discuss his evolving feelings with Chalamet and Guadagnino, although it really all depends on the script.

“I haven’t had that conversation with them explicitly. But I mean, look: if we end up with an incredible script, and Timmy’s in, and Luca’s in, I’d be an a**hole to say no,” he shared. “But at the same time, I’m like, ‘That was such a special thing, why don’t we just leave that alone?'”

For now, Armie has enough on his plate to work on – he is currently promoting thriller Hotel Mumbai, and is set to star in a new adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, which will begin filming this summer (19).

He has also been linked to blockbuster projects like The Invisible Man and Matt Reeves’ forthcoming The Batman – but Hammer insists he knows nothing about those roles, and has no idea how the rumours started.

“I get asked about that (The Invisible Man), and also about Batman: ‘Are you gonna do Batman?’ I’m like, ‘No…’ They’re like, ‘Are you gonna do the Invisible Man?’ And I’m like, ‘Who is making these calls?! No!'”

Johnny Depp had previously been tapped to feature in the planned reboot of The Invisible Man, but is no longer involved, while Ben Affleck officially withdrew from The Batman project earlier this year.

Reeves, who stepped in to replace Affleck as director, has yet to unveil who will tackle the superhero role.

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Dev Patel wants Hollywood to accept ‘brown faces’

Dev Patel is urging filmmakers in Hollywood to “accept brown faces”. The 28-year-old Brit, who was born in London to Gujarati Indian Hindu parents, wants his new movie Hotel Mumbai to be celebrated for “embracing” non-white actors. The film, which a…

Dev Patel is urging filmmakers in Hollywood to “accept brown faces”.

The 28-year-old Brit, who was born in London to Gujarati Indian Hindu parents, wants his new movie Hotel Mumbai to be celebrated for “embracing” non-white actors.

The film, which also stars Armie Hammer and Jason Isaacs, as well as Nazanin Boniadi, Amandeep Singh and Suhail Nayyar, focuses on the horrifying terrorist attacks at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in the Indian city in 2008.

And Dev – who plays a Sikh waiter named Arjun in the movie – firmly believes that the film would not have been made 10 years ago.

“A film like this, with a bunch of brown faces, would not have been made 10 years ago. But people are embracing new faces. Why not embrace brown ones?” the former Skins star said in an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald.

Despite being catapulted to worldwide fame thanks to his role in Danny Boyle’s Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire in 2008, Dev confessed he didn’t know anything about Indian culture, as he was raised in London.

The actor, who has also starred in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which was filmed in Rajasthan, said his mind was blown when he travelled to India for the first time, and later immersed himself into the culture while travelling around the country by train to prepare for his role in Lion.

“Growing up, the idea is to do as much as possible to fit into that place and rid yourself of all cultural and ancestral ties,” he said. “Being introduced to India by Danny Boyle blew my mind. It was so much more than I imagined.”

Hotel Mumbai is in cinemas from 14 March.

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Timothee Chalamet: ‘Armie Hammer brings so much to set’

Armie Hammer left a lasting impression on Timothee Chalamet when they filmed Call Me by Your Name.The 2017 drama was a massive hit with both moviegoers and critics, and bagged the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2018 Academy Awards.A sequel is…

Armie Hammer left a lasting impression on Timothee Chalamet when they filmed Call Me by Your Name.

The 2017 drama was a massive hit with both moviegoers and critics, and bagged the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2018 Academy Awards.

A sequel is in the works, bringing Armie, Timothee, and director Luca Guadagnino back together, and reflecting on the original, 23-year-old Timothee revealed how impressed he was with his older co-star.

“It’s a scary thing, as the last thing you want to do as an actor is throw your eyebrows all over an expression of love. Yet Armie had this idea of shooting the scene on a single track and Luca agreed. And it worked. I could never have offered something like that up and it just goes to show what a feel Armie has for the medium,” he praised of the 32-year-old to British GQ. “I mean, he’s an amazing guy. He checks all ‘-isms’ at the door, if you know what I mean.”

Armie has been just as complimentary back, previously telling Variety that the Oscar nominee’s career has nothing to do with luck, and everything to do with talent.

“Timmy was born to do exactly what he is doing,” he said. “He has been giving quality performances his entire life; we as the spectators were just slow on the uptake to appreciate him. I guess we weren’t really that slow considering he is one of the youngest nominees for an Academy Award ever.”

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Armie Hammer plays down Batman reports

Actor Armie Hammer has played down reports suggesting he is in line to take over the role of Batman from Ben Affleck. The Call Me by Your Name star was recently rumoured to have been approached by Warner Bros. studio bosses to don the cowl and cape fo…

Actor Armie Hammer has played down reports suggesting he is in line to take over the role of Batman from Ben Affleck.

The Call Me by Your Name star was recently rumoured to have been approached by Warner Bros. studio bosses to don the cowl and cape for director Matt Reeves’ The Batman after Affleck officially withdrew as the superhero for the forthcoming stand-alone movie.

According to movie news site Revenge of the Fans, the 32 year old was in “final negotiations” to step into the title role, but now Hammer has spoken out to shoot down the report, insisting he hasn’t been contacted by any studio officials.

“No one who can actually give me the job has asked me if I’m interested,” he explained to Yahoo! Movies. “I don’t even know if they are done (developing the project) – they are still working on a script.

“I don’t think that they are close to production but I can conclusively tell you that no one has checked my availability, which is a bummer.”

Hammer previously came close to playing Bruce Wayne and his superhero alter ego back in 2007, when filmmaker George Miller signed on to make Justice League: Mortal. However, that movie was shelved, and when Zack Snyder began work on 2017’s Justice League, Affleck had already been cast as Batman, making his debut in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Details about the script for The Batman remain under wraps, but Joe Manganiello has been attached to play Slade Wilson/Deathstroke, while J.K. Simmons and Jeremy Irons are rumoured to be reprising their roles as Gotham City police boss Commissioner Gordon and butler Alfred Pennyworth, respectively.

The Batman is scheduled to move into production later this year (19), ahead of a June, 2021 launch.

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Gary Oldman and Armie Hammer to star in film about opioid crisis

Gary Oldman and Armie Hammer are to headline opioids thriller Dreamland.The Hollywood stars have signed on to star in director Nicholas Jarecki’s latest project, according to Deadline, with the shoot already underway in Detroit and Montreal.Few details…

Gary Oldman and Armie Hammer are to headline opioids thriller Dreamland.

The Hollywood stars have signed on to star in director Nicholas Jarecki’s latest project, according to Deadline, with the shoot already underway in Detroit and Montreal.

Few details about the plot of Dreamland have been made available, though the story is believed to focus on three narrative threads involving a drug trafficker smuggling opioids between the U.S. and Canada, an architect recovering from an OxyContin addiction, as well as a university professor investigating links between the drug company he is employed by and the government.

It is unclear what roles Oldman and Hammer will take on in the film. Ant-Man and the Wasp star Evangeline Lilly and German actress Veronica Ferres will also have key parts.

“The devastating impact of the opioid crisis reaches all corners of society,” said Jarecki in a statement. “Gary, Armie, and Evangeline are the perfect performers to bring the human face of this epidemic to audiences everywhere.”

Jarecki will direct from his own script. The project is his largest since his 2010 drama-thriller Arbitrage, which saw lead actor Richard Gere receive a Golden Globe nomination for his performance. The filmmaker has also written and directed 2009 short The Weight and 2005 documentary The Outsider.

Meanwhile, Oldman is currently working on a string of films, including The Woman in the Window, The Laundromat, and Killers Anonymous. He won the 2018 Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe for Best Actor for his work as Winston Churchill in 2017 war drama Darkest Hour.

Hammer has a number of projects lined-up too, and was most recently appeared in Hotel Mumbai and in On the Basis of Sex. He is attached to appear as Simon Doyle in Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Death on the Nile, also starring Gal Gadot and Jodie Comer.

A release date for Dreamland has not yet been announced.

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Armie Hammer wowed by Felicity Jones’ On the Basis of Sex monologue

Armie Hammer was wowed by the way Felicity Jones delivered a key speech in On the Basis of Sex.The British actress portrays a young version of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the biographical drama, while the Call Me by Your Name star…

Armie Hammer was wowed by the way Felicity Jones delivered a key speech in On the Basis of Sex.

The British actress portrays a young version of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the biographical drama, while the Call Me by Your Name star plays her husband Martin Ginsburg.

In one part of the plot, Felicity gives a rousing monologue about the bias and discrimination she faced as a woman in the legal industry, and Armie was impressed by his co-star’s determination.

“She went through the whole thing about 600 times. I mean, it was incredible,” he said in a video interview with Collider.com. “It is the longest monologue that a woman has ever given in film, which is amazing, and also Felicity knocked it out of the park. She didn’t stumble once while we were filming that. I don’t know how many times she did it, it was in the hundreds, and she never once messed up a word. Never once had to start over.”

In addition to Ruth’s legal work, On the Basis of Sex also explores her marriage and home life. And Armie was thrilled to take on the role of the supportive husband, as taxation law expert Martin was such a good example of how a man can have a successful career and be a caring partner.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen an onscreen relationship like this. Not only is their relationship underrepresented in film but characters like Marty Ginsburg are underrepresented in film,” the 32-year-old commented.

“You don’t see a lot of supportive husbands who understand the quality and the capacity of their wife and know that if they’re just there to support them, which doesn’t make them weaker – if anything, it makes them a better man and a better human and a better father and a better husband – that if they support their wife, their wife can change the world.”

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