Amanda Seyfried: ‘Filming Mank was the hardest I’ve ever worked’

Amanda Seyfried was pushed to her limits while filming David Fincher’s upcoming biopic Mank.The historical drama documents the bitter fallout between Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and actor/director Orson Welles, with Seyfried playing …

Amanda Seyfried was pushed to her limits while filming David Fincher’s upcoming biopic Mank.

The historical drama documents the bitter fallout between Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and actor/director Orson Welles, with Seyfried playing Hollywood legend Marion Davies.

In a recent interview with Collider, the 34-year-old recalled filming with the critically-acclaimed director, and how she was blown away when offered the role of Davies in the movie.

“Honestly, it is the hardest I’ve ever worked. But I am so thrilled with it. First of all, it came out of nowhere,” Seyfried explained. “I was pretty sure I was going to do it, but I didn’t know, it was up to him. But I was just also like, how the f**k am I going to play Marion Davies?”

“But I was also like, this is such a get – to work with Fincher he’s one of a kind. And I actually can’t believe we did it,” she added, noting that they’d finished filming the biopic on 21 February, just days before the widespread Hollywood shutdown amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mank, set to be released on Netflix later this year, stars Oscar winner Gary Oldman as the titular screenwriter, opposite Tom Burke as Welles, and Lily Collins, who plays Mankiewicz’s secretary Rita Alexander.

And Seyfried also confirmed that Fincher lived up to his reputation as a meticulous filmmaker, as she recalled one scene taking days to film.

“…I was part of scenes with tons of people in it and we would do it for an entire week. I can’t tell you how many takes we did, but I would guess 200, maybe I could be wrong and could be way off,” she shared. “I could be underestimating by five days of one scene when I didn’t have one line.”

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Edward Norton denies he cost Janeane Garofalo a role in Fight Club

Edward Norton has denied Janeane Garofalo’s claims that he was to blame for her losing out on a role in David Fincher’s hit movie Fight Club.During a recent interview with Yahoo’s Build Series, Garofalo revealed that she’d been up for the role of Marla…

Edward Norton has denied Janeane Garofalo’s claims that he was to blame for her losing out on a role in David Fincher’s hit movie Fight Club.

During a recent interview with Yahoo’s Build Series, Garofalo revealed that she’d been up for the role of Marla Singer in the 1999 film and had been offered the part by Fincher, but the film’s star wanted his then-girlfriend Courtney Love to play the character instead.

“I was like, ‘Can I audition with him or for him?'” the actress said. “And I was told that he would like Courtney Love to do it, because he was dating her, but (his co-star) Brad Pitt said, ‘I’m not going to sign off on that.’ So, they agreed on Helena Bonham Carter, who was probably much better than I would have been…(But) I met with David Fincher, who handed me the script and said, ‘If you like it, the part is yours.'”

Following her allegations, Norton issued a statement to CNN in which he insisted he had no influence over Fincher’s casting decisions.

“I’m sorry Janeane is under that impression, but if she was serious, she’s really mistaken,” he said. “David Fincher does exactly what he wants. He makes the call on every dimension of his films, top to bottom. I don’t recall him ever even raising the subject of who he was considering for most other roles. The one suggestion I made, he shot down. I was a big fan of Janeane’s so I’d have loved to do a reading with her.”

Elsewhere in the Build Series interview, Garofalo said Pitt apologised to her for “what happened” with Fight Club, and claimed that Norton “pretends he doesn’t know who I am” when she spots him in their New York neighbourhood.

In response, the actor concluded his statement with, “And if she sees me in the neighbourhood I hope she’d come say hi.”

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Brad Pitt inspired to make better movies after starring in ‘disappointing’ Troy

Brad Pitt was inspired to make better movies after he was left “disappointed” by his 2004 film Troy.The epic action drama, directed by Wolfgang Petersen and co-starring Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom and Diane Kruger, followed the legendary story of the Gree…

Brad Pitt was inspired to make better movies after he was left “disappointed” by his 2004 film Troy.

The epic action drama, directed by Wolfgang Petersen and co-starring Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom and Diane Kruger, followed the legendary story of the Greek army, lead by Pitt’s character Achilles, who invaded the historical city of Troy.

In an interview with The New York Times, the 56-year-old admitted he was so disappointed by the film that it dramatically changed the way he decided future roles.

“It was really a turn on Troy. I was disappointed in it,” Pitt shared, adding that he was told to do Troy instead of a Coen Brothers film called To the White Sea, which never came to fruition.

“We had an opportunity to go, and then it was shut down. Then another interesting opportunity arose, and instead I was talked into: ‘No, you need to be doing this other thing. You can get to your art project later.’ I ended up taking that advice,” he lamented.

He later confessed that he was contractually obligated to star in Troy after pulling out of another unnamed movie for Warner Bros.

“I was put in Troy. It wasn’t painful, but I realised that the way that movie was being told was not how I wanted it to be. I made my own mistakes in it,” he explained, noting that he had become “spoiled” working with David Fincher on Fight Club in 1999.

Despite Troy’s huge box office success, Pitt was frustrated with the lack of depth his character Achilles had.

“Every shot was like, ‘Here’s the hero!’ There was no mystery,” he complained. “So about that time I made a decision that I was only going to invest in quality stories, for lack of a better term. It was a distinct shift that led to the next decade of films.”

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Amanda Seyfried and Lily Collins join David Fincher’s Mank

Amanda Seyfried and Lily Collins are the latest additions to the cast of David Fincher’s upcoming epic, Mank.The film will star Oscar-winner Gary Oldman as screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, who co-wrote the 1941 Hollywood classic, Citizen Kane. Mamm…

Amanda Seyfried and Lily Collins are the latest additions to the cast of David Fincher’s upcoming epic, Mank.

The film will star Oscar-winner Gary Oldman as screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, who co-wrote the 1941 Hollywood classic, Citizen Kane.

Mamma Mia! star Seyfried will play actress Marion Davies, while Collins will portray Mankiewicz’s secretary, Rita Alexander.

British actor Tom Burke has also signed up to Fincher’s biopic, and will play the legendary Orson Welles, who directed and starred in Citizen Kane, with Charles Dance, Arliss Howard, Joseph Cross and Ferdinand Kingsley cast in unknown roles.

Fincher’s movie will follow Mankiewicz’s tumultuous development of the script for the film, which is considered to be one of the most iconic movies in Hollywood history.

Mankiewicz also worked on The Wizard of Oz, The Pride of the Yankees, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but it was Citizen Kane that cemented his legacy.

However, his relationship with Welles became strained after he accused the filmmaker of trying to take sole credit for the script, which won them the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

The biopic has been a passion project for Fincher for the past two decades, and in a sweet twist, the screenplay for Mank was written by the director’s father, Jack Fincher, prior to his death in 2003.

The 57-year-old will also serve as producer alongside Cean Chaffin, Douglas Urbanski, and Eric Roth.

Mank will be released in 2020.

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Gary Oldman to star as Citizen Kane screenwriter in new biopic

Gary Oldman is teaming with filmmaker David Fincher on a new biopic about the screenwriter behind movie classic Citizen Kane. The Darkest Hour actor will portray Herman Mankiewicz in Mank, which will chronicle his rise to fame, first as a news report…

Gary Oldman is teaming with filmmaker David Fincher on a new biopic about the screenwriter behind movie classic Citizen Kane.

The Darkest Hour actor will portray Herman Mankiewicz in Mank, which will chronicle his rise to fame, first as a news reporter and critic in New York City, before moving to Hollywood to begin a career in the film industry.

Among Mankiewicz’s credits include The Wizard of Oz, The Pride of the Yankees, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but it was 1941’s Citizen Kane that cemented his legacy.

However, his relationship with director and co-writer Orson Welles became strained after Mankiewicz accused the filmmaker of trying to take sole credit for the script, which won them the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

The biopic has been a passion project for Fincher for the past two decades, after initially trying to get the film into production following the release of 1997’s The Game.

It has also been of particular interest for the director as his father, Howard ‘Jack’ Fincher, wrote the original script for the movie prior to his death in 2003.

Mank will also be shot in black-and-white and will premiere on streaming service Netflix. Fincher will produce alongside partner Cean Chaffin and Oldman’s longtime collaborator Douglas Urbanski, who played Harvard president Larry Summers in Fincher’s 2010 movie, The Social Network.

The 61-year-old Brit will next be seen in Steven Soderbergh’s Panama Papers drama The Laundromat, alongside Meryl Streep and Antonio Banderas. The award-winning actor has also just finished filming Joe Wright’s The Woman in the Window, which will be released in 2020.

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Aaron Sorkin contemplating The Social Network sequel

Writer-turned-filmmaker Aaron Sorkin is seriously contemplating revisiting his 2010 movie The Social Network for a sequel. The West Wing creator won an Oscar for adapting the story of Facebook’s beginnings for the big screen, with the movie starring J…

Writer-turned-filmmaker Aaron Sorkin is seriously contemplating revisiting his 2010 movie The Social Network for a sequel.

The West Wing creator won an Oscar for adapting the story of Facebook’s beginnings for the big screen, with the movie starring Jesse Eisenberg as tech genius Mark Zuckerberg, and chronicling the various lawsuits he faced from platform co-founder Eduardo Saverin, played by Andrew Garfield, and the Winklevoss twins, portrayed by Armie Hammer, during the company’s early years.

In the time since the project’s success, there have been multiple controversies involving the social media giant, with one of the biggest headlines emerging last year (18), when it was discovered that a major security breach had allowed bosses at political data firm Cambridge Analytica to allegedly harvest millions of users’ profiles to help influence voters via social media.

Sorkin admits producer Scott Rudin has been actively encouraging him to write a follow-up to The Social Network, and he has some ideas about what a sequel could entail.

“First of all, I know a lot more about Facebook in 2005 than I do in 2018 – but I know enough to know that there should be a sequel,” he told The Associated Press.

“A lot of very interesting dramatic stuff has happened since the movie ends…,” he continued. “And Scott, who produced The Social Network, I’ve gotten more than one email from him with an article attached saying, ‘Isn’t it time for a sequel?'”

Sorkin does not actually reveal whether or not he will be writing The Social Network 2, but if he decides to take on the project, he will be hoping to replicate the success of the original.

The movie, directed by David Fincher and co-starring Justin Timberlake, earned $224.9 million (£174.9 million) at the global box office from a $40 million (£31.3 million) budget. It also picked up eight Oscar nominations, and winning three, including Best Original Score for Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and Best Film Editing.

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Claire Foy surprised by fitness during prep for The Girl in the Spider’s Web

Claire Foy was astounded by the improvements in her fitness as she prepared for her role in The Girl in the Spider’s Web.The actress is playing hacker Lisbeth Salander in the sequel to David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, taking over the ro…

Claire Foy was astounded by the improvements in her fitness as she prepared for her role in The Girl in the Spider’s Web.

The actress is playing hacker Lisbeth Salander in the sequel to David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, taking over the role from Rooney Mara.

In the film, the story follows Lisbeth as she tries to rescue and exact vengeance for battered women, and the plot specifics required Claire to build up strength for the role. And having never trained with focus at the gym before, she was amazed by the results of her commitment.

“So much of it was about being physically able to do the stunts,” she recalled in a cover interview with American Vogue. “Suddenly I was like, ‘I can do ten press-ups.’ I could run. I could lift weights.”

In addition to boosting her fitness levels, the British star has also been required to change her physical appearance, swapping the ladylike bob she sported while playing Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown, for a short, punky, jet black haircut.

However, Claire’s three-year-old daughter Ivy Rose – whom she shares with ex-husband Stephen Campbell Moore – was not a fan of her mother’s startling new look.

“My daughter hated my haircut, because apparently mummies are supposed to have long hair, not undercuts,” the 34-year-old told Entertainment Tonight, adding that the makeover also seemed to make her less approachable in the eyes of others.

“I think all my friends really enjoyed it, but you end up having to kind of dress differently and people definitely cross to the other side of the road to avoid you in society.”

The Girl in the Spider’s Web hits cinemas from 18 October (18).

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