Jude Law explains his skin colour change in The Holiday

Jude Law has finally explained why his character’s skin colour changes in The Holiday.In the Christmas movie, the British actor plays widowed father-of-two Graham, who romances Cameron Diaz’s character, workaholic business executive Amanda, after she d…

Jude Law has finally explained why his character’s skin colour changes in The Holiday.

In the Christmas movie, the British actor plays widowed father-of-two Graham, who romances Cameron Diaz’s character, workaholic business executive Amanda, after she does a house swap with Graham’s sister Iris, played by Kate Winslet.

Eagle-eyed fans of the much-loved festive movie have long speculated why Jude’s skin colour changes dramatically over the duration of the 2006 film, switching from pale to a deep suntan during several scenes, despite his character living in the snowy countryside of Surrey, England.

The 47-year-old has now explained the reason to Vanity Fair, revealing that they shot the film’s exterior scenes in the U.K., but then moved to Los Angeles to film the interior scenes.

However, director Nancy Meyers took more than five weeks to call Jude to the Hollywood set, meaning that the British actor had over a month in the hot American sun, topping up his tan.

“Nancy has the reputation – well I don’t know if she does anymore, but she has the reputation for taking her time,” he laughed.

“I’m sat in my house waiting for five weeks before they get to me. As you can probably see, if I look at the sun I go very brown very quickly. My father is very dark-skinned. And if you watch that film carefully, when I’m outside in England I’m really white and pasty, and as soon as I go inside I’m like, ‘Hey!’ and I’ve got this suntan,” Jude joked. “No one really notices, but if you watch I darken by about two shades every time I step inside and out.”

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Nancy Meyers insists obsession with her movie kitchens is sexist

Nancy Meyers has called out the sexist comments aimed at her movie kitchen sets.The filmmaker and screenwriter has built up a reputation for including luxurious kitchens in her movies, with large countertops, double sinks and hanging pots and pans all …

Nancy Meyers has called out the sexist comments aimed at her movie kitchen sets.

The filmmaker and screenwriter has built up a reputation for including luxurious kitchens in her movies, with large countertops, double sinks and hanging pots and pans all featuring in the mise-en-scene of 1998’s The Parent Trap, 2003’s Something’s Gotta Give, and 2009’s It’s Complicated.

However, in a recent interview with Mindy Kaling at the 2019 Produced By Conference in Los Angeles, Meyers noted how she finds the conversation about her backdrops to be a “cheap shot”.

“I don’t love when a critic or journalist will pick up on that aspect, because they are missing the boat and they are missing why (the movie) works,” she stated, according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, before going on to insist that critics are less likely to make comments about kitchens in films made by male directors. “It is a cheap shot… It’s never done to male directors who make gorgeous-looking movies, where the leads live in a great house. It’s never brought up. With me, it’s an easy thing to go after, but I am not going to change it.”

In the wide-ranging chat, Meyers and Late Night writer-actress Kaling also discussed what is like to write for big stars, the development of modern comedy and studio marketing.

And while The Holiday director still keeps tabs on what is happening in the industry, she confirmed she has no projects in the pipeline.

“I am taking a break,” the 69-year-old said. “The business has changed in a way that is somewhat unrecognisable to me. I am not sure how much I want to do it.”

Meyers’ last major film, The Intern – starring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro – was released in 2015. Meanwhile, Kaling’s Late Night, featuring Emma Thompson, is now showing in cinemas.

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