Kristen Stewart: ‘It’s a really ridiculous thing to say you’re not a feminist’

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Kristen Stewart got pap’d so much in NYC last week, I didn’t even get the chance to use all of the new photos of her. So here’s a hodge-podge of K-Stew pics from the last week. Enjoy! Kristen managed to avoid being pap’d with Nicholas Hoult, even though he came out to her NYFF premiere and after-party – they were reportedly pretty tight at the party, so take that however you want. Kristen also sat down with The Daily Beast for a lengthy interview about Camp X-Ray last week (it was published on Saturday). You can read the full piece here. Most of the conversation is about Gitmo and the politics of Gitmo and terrorism. Kristen also talks about the people who think she cannot act, plus her thoughts on feminism. Some highlights:

Taking two years off, then working with a first-time director on Camp X-Ray: “I’m never really that precious about choosing projects that don’t have every sure element that is a guaranteed good experience and/or success. There’s a lot of risk involved in this job, and it doesn’t bother me… I’ve had experiences that have made me go, ‘Ugh, I have to be careful and make sure that every part is sturdy and that I won’t be let down.’ If I was a director, I would be extremely conscious of my filmography. It says so much about the difference between putting your name on something and owning it instead of being one tiny part of it. Actors get to work all the time. If I make a bad movie every once in a while, I don’t care. I didn’t work after Snow White for about two years, but it’s because a lot of these projects didn’t come together. I’m decisive, but I’m definitely not a planner.”

The criticism that she can’t act: “Honestly, I don’t care. It’s fine. I’m really happy doing what I’m doing. I’m sure there are a ton of people out there who would hate my movies even if they saw all those, just as I’m sure there are people out there who are obsessed with Twilight and say, ‘I watched the series, and she completely let me down, and then I watched every one of her other movies, and I f–kin’ hate her!’ And that’s cool! Just don’t watch my movies.”

Whether she’s politically active: “I don’t want to talk about that s–t at all. Trust me, I’m only asking for it. When it comes time to stand up and affect change, I’m not the type of person to shout from the rooftops. Just because you’re an actor and in the public eye, people think that’s how you must be. But there are other ways to do that. That’s not me.

She’s confused why some young women don’t identify with feminism: “That’s such a strange thing to say, isn’t it? Like, what do you mean? Do you not believe in equality for men and women? I think it’s a response to overly-aggressive types. There are a lot of women who feel persecuted and go on about it, and I sometimes am like, ‘Honestly, just relax, because now you’re going in the other direction.’ Sometimes, the loudest voice in the room isn’t necessarily the one you should listen to. By our nature alone, think about what you’re saying and say it—but don’t scream in people’s faces, because then you’re discrediting us. Relating it to my one little avenue, people say, “If you want to make it in the film industry as a woman, you have to be a bitch.” No, you are going to ruin any chance you have and give us a bad name. It’s the overcompensation to where our generation goes, “Relax,” because it’s been easier for us, and because we don’t have as much of the anger, so it’s like we can’t get behind it and it’s a bit embarrassing. But that being said, it’s a really ridiculous thing to say you’re not a feminist.

[From The Daily Beast]

Kristen’s answer on the feminism question is classic Kristen – for most of the answer, I thought she was going off in one direction (the “women need to stop complaining about inequality” direction) and then she does an about-face at the very end with the “of course you should identify with feminism” direction. Can you talk sincerely about feminism if you had a high-profile affair with your married director? I’m honestly asking.

There’s also a somewhat interesting discussion about Catherine Hardwicke, the director of the first Twilight movie, and how Hardwicke was basically chased out of Hollywood after the failure of Red Riding Hood. Kristen doesn’t defend her former director and champion specifically at all, but she does say that what happened to Hardwicke was “f—ked up” and that women need to “persevere” in the industry to make it.

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Prince William & Kate issue legal threat to photographer Niraj Tanna

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Last week, something unusual happened. Prince William and Duchess Kate’s office made a major fuss over “an individual” who they claimed was “harassing” Prince George. What kind of harassment? They were complaining about a photographer talking photos of George when George was out and about with one of his nannies. This is the statement released by the Buckingham Palace spokesperson:

“The Duke and Duchess have taken legal steps to ask that an individual ceases harassing and following both Prince George and his nanny as they go about their ordinary daily lives,” Buckingham Palace spokesman James Roscoe said in a statement Thursday. “There is reason to suspect that the individual may been placing Prince George under surveillance and monitoring his daily routines for a period of time.”

The photographer, who was seen last week at a London Park following the toddler and his nanny, has been approached several times in the past few years by palace authorities.

“The Duke and Duchess understand the particular public role that Prince George will one day inherit but while he is young, he must be permitted to lead as ordinary a life as possible,” Roscoe said. “No parent would tolerate the suspicion of someone pursuing and harassing their child and carer whilst their child is playing in a public park or going about their daily activities.”

[From Today]

It was a strange story just at face value because it seemed like Will and Kate were complaining about photos being taken out in public, in a public park, which is just… well, unusual. Of course all royal babies (and all people) have privacy rights, but the whole thing just seemed… odd. Then it got even weirder. The photographer “harassing” George was named, and it’s Ikon Pictures’ photographer Niraj Tanna. Royal conspiracists have always noted the seemingly cozy relationship Tanna has with Kate and the Middleton family in particular, and it’s widely believed by those conspiracists that the Middletons have “set up” photo-ops with Tanna several times when he got weird exclusives. I guess the bloom is off the rose with that relationship though – over the past year, Tanna has been growing increasingly critical of William and Kate. And I guess they’ve noticed. Anyway, Tanna responded:

A photographer who has been accused of “harassing” Prince George by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has denied any wrongdoing will continue to take snaps of the 14-month old. Lawyers for Prince William and Kate Middleton accused two members of the press of intruding on the future king’s personal life as he went about his “ordinary daily” life with his nanny.

Lawyers for Tanna have insisted their client has not done anything wrong and the harassment accusations are “wholly without foundation”. In a seven page letter, Tanna’s lawyers said he was “fully entitled” to photograph Prince George in a public place and will “vigorously contest” any legal action.

It adds: “He will continue to undertake his work with the concerns of the Prince’s parents very much in mind.”

[From The International Business Times]

Interesting. While I don’t doubt that it would creep out any parent if a photographer had their long lens trained on their baby, it does feel like there’s something else at work here. We’ll see.

Oh, and The Mirror claims that IF Kate is feeling up to it, she and William are planning an official trip to New York. I think this would be Kate’s first-ever trip to New York. They’re loosely planning the trip for end of November/beginning of December. I hope they’re able to come. Skip Thanksgiving though and come in the beginning of December!

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Angelina Jolie set to direct her fourth film, this one about ivory poachers in Kenya

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I suppose any true, card-carrying Brangeloonie will be happy about this news: Angelina Jolie has just signed on to direct her next film project. This will be her fourth directorial outing, following In the Land of Blood and Honey, Unbroken and By the Sea, which she is currently directing and acting in as we speak. But this news depresses me because it means that Angelina really is moving away in a major way from acting. She’s really just interested in directing now, which is fine and good for her. But I like my Angie in front of the camera too!! Anyway, her next film will be about ivory poachers in Africa:

Angelina Jolie has found her next movie to direct. The actress and now busy helmer has signed on to for Africa, an epic tale for David Ellison’s Skydance Productions. Written by Oscar winner Eric Roth, the pic is based on paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey’s late-’80s battle with ivory poachers in Kenya that threatened the existence of the African elephant population and the soul of Africa.

Ellison, Jolie, Dana Goldberg and Jon Peters will produce. The pic also reteams cinematographer Roger Deakins and Jolie after the pair did the Louis Zamperini biopic Unbroken, which Universal releases on Christmas Day. The plan is to ramp up production on Africa soon after Jolie wraps her current gig, directing her script By The Sea for Universal in which she stars opposite husband Brad Pitt.

Her first feature helming effort, 2011’s In The Land Of Blood And Honey, served as her calling card and garnered a Golden Globe nom and the PGA’s Stanley Kramer Award, which honors filmmakers who illuminate social issues. That jibes with the idea behind Africa, as both Jolie and Ellison are involved in humanitarian causes and Jolie won the Movie Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award last year.

“I’ve felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life, and was taken with Eric’s beautiful script about a man drawn into the violent conflict with elephant poachers who emerged with a deeper understanding of man’s footprint and a profound sense of responsibility for the world around him,” Jolie said in today’s announcement.

Added Ellison: “Based on Richard Leakey’s inspirational life, Africa is a story that deserves to be told. It is very close to my heart, and I know that it will exceed my expectations in Angelina’s hands. She is an incredibly talented filmmaker and is sure to turn Eric Roth’s impeccable script into the project I’ve always wanted Skydance to be involved in.”

[From Deadline]

I like that this is going to be based on a true story, on Richard Leakey’s real-life battle. When I first glanced at the headline, I worried that it was going to be, like, Beyond Borders 2: This Time With Elephants. I tried to watch Beyond Borders, really, but even I couldn’t get through that mess. As for this story… I’m assuming that Angelina will not be directing herself in a role. It’s probably going to be like Unbroken, where Angelina pursued this project as just a directing gig. I wonder who will be cast as Leakey? Hm… looking at photos of him on Google. It will be someone British. She should totally get Benedict Cumberbatch. OMG. In truth, she should get someone like Colin Firth.

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Prince Harry looks great in London, promotes Invictus Games: would you hit it?

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I don’t care if this sounds inappropriate, but holy hell, Prince Harry looks so bangable these days. This might be the best he’s looked in years. He’s thinned out, he doesn’t look like he goes out drinking every night, his hair is a good length and he can wear the hell out of some jeans. These are some new pics of Harry outside of BBC Radio 2 in London today, where he was doing some advanced promotion for the Invictus Games. He posed with a cute little girl too. Harry + children = always great.

The Invictus Games start right around Harry’s 30th birthday in September. Vanity Fair says that Harry isn’t going to have a big blowout for his b-day this year – William and Kate are going to throw him a small dinner party in Kensington Palace (??) and then Guy Pelly is throwing a party for him at one of Guy’s nightclubs, but Harry will leave the party by 10:30.

In other Harry news, over the weekend he attended a “secret garden party” in Cambridgeshire which was like an undercover music festival, I guess? In any case, Harry went shirtless – you can see the photo here. It’s not quite like the Las Vegas “nude scandal” but it’s still decent. This is probably one of the reasons why Harry recently proclaimed his hatred for Twitter. Last week, he was doing a social media event to promote the Invictus Games and he said:

“I really hate Twitter. I would love to get involved and go on social media, and if it was for causes like this I really would. The issue for myself and my family, put quite simply, is that it’s very hard for me to tweet about the Invictus Games and tweet about something that means a lot to me, whereas I, at the same time, really quite hate Twitter by the invasion of privacy. I think you all understand what I’m talking about. I would love to tweet about things I care about but it’s a fine line between what you should do and what you can do, and what other people want to know and what you don’t want them to know.”

[From Vanity Fair]

The answer is not “staying off Twitter” though – if you’re a celebrity or royal and you’d like to use social media to promote your work and raise awareness for the causes you feel passionately about, you should go on social media and simply ignore the haters.

And here’s Harry’s photobomb from earlier this week:

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Kanye West went on a lengthy Yeezus-style rant in London & everybody booed

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This ^^ is a photo of Kanye West performing at the Verizon festival in London over the weekend. He stepped in at the last minute, replacing Drake who apparently is pretty sick and his doctor ordered him to cancel all of his appearances. So the Yeezus tour came to London. And I’m sorry, English crumpets. As an American, I’ve gotten used to Yeezington’s rants and ravings and his general nutburger vibe. I’ve not only gotten used to, I kind of enjoy it. Kanye has lots of opinions about lots of different things, and while he’s not always wrong, he tends to rub everyone the wrong way because he’s such an egotistical monster, a hypocrite and a label-whore. Throughout his US tour, Kanye has been taking “time outs” during the stage show to go off on 20-minute-long rants about… shoes, the art of genius, and how great he is. And he brought that flavor to the Verizon festival. And the English people were NOT having it.

Kanye West was booed by festival-goers on Friday night after he launched into an extraordinary ’20-minute rant’ in the middle of his Wireless set. The Yeezus rapper caused confusion when he paused his performance at the London music event, held at Finsbury Park, to preach to the crowd about discrimination within the fashion industry.

Wearing a bejewelled mask over his face, Kanye, 37, told the audience: ‘I’m not going to mention any names but… Nike, Louis Vuitton and Gucci. Don’t discriminate against me ‘cos I’m a black man making music. F**k saving face and what it’s supposed to mean, it’s about living my dream.’

And it would seem the move didn’t go down too well with the crowd, with audience members reportedly deserting the al fresco gig in droves. One festival-goer told MailOnline: ‘He was laying into the ‘machine’ and ranting about the public’s perception of him. Hundreds of people left the park early because they were so bored of his long rant. There was serious booing towards the end of the speech, as people got so fed up and just wanted to hear him perform.’

[From The Daily Mail]

Not only did they boo him, some of them were shouting “we want Drake!” Pissy English people were ranting about it on Twitter too. “Sanctimonious prat” was used often. The c-word was dropped. It’s all pretty much on point. I’m including one Vine of the booing, plus video of the whole performance of “Runaway” with most of the rant. Classic Yeezington. What sucks is that “Runaway” is one of his best songs and he just f—ks it up so he can rant about stupid BS.

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Tom Hiddleston cast as country legend Hank Williams in bio-pic ‘I Saw the Light’

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Shhh! I can feel the Dragonflies freaking out. It will be fine. Deep breaths. Count to ten slowly. A Tom Hiddleston post is happening. This is what everyone was waiting for, right? That’s why CRAZY was spilling into every Benedict Cumberbatch post for the past two weeks? So, take a deep breath and let’s do this. First of all, Tommy Hiddles got a job! And he’s going to play an American. I’m not sure how I feel about that. Tommy has signed on to the lead role in I Saw the Light, the Hank Williams bio-pic. Tommy will be singing. And wearing cowboy hats. And talking in a Southern drawl. Oh… Tommy.

The Avengers star Tom Hiddleston will play Country & Western legend Hank Williams in I Saw The Light, a film that Marc Abraham will direct and which has come together as a co-production between RatPac Entertainment, Bron Studios, and Creative Wealth Media Finance, all of which will fund the film. Abraham wrote the script based on the Colin Escott biography of Williams and Aaron L. Gilbert will produce with Brett Ratner, G. Marq Rosell and Abraham. Ratner’s partner, James Packer, will be exec producer.

Production will begin in Louisiana in October, and Hiddleston will sing such Williams standards as “Your Cheatin’ Heart”, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and “Hey Good Lookin’,” after the film’s backers made a deal with Sony ATV to secure rights to the Williams music catalog. The film will tell the story of Williams’ meteoric rise to fame, and the price that fame took on his personal life. He died at age 29 of heart failure.

[From Deadline]

Considering they got the rights to Williams’ back catalog, I think this will probably be a reasonably prestigious project. At the very least, it will introduce a whole new generation of fans to Hank Williams’ music. Will Tom actually sing? Probably. They’ll probably do something fancy and use both the original Hank Williams recordings AND Tommy’s voice. Because while Tommy is always up to sing and dance, as we’ve seen time and time again, Tommy really doesn’t have the best singing voice. But he’s enthusiastic. And maybe they’ll give him a vocal/singing coach. Tommy also tweeted this:

As for the other stuff… well, I’m not going to stop you Dragonflies from talking about it. I think many people got way too extra about one random foreign article that identified Jane Arthy as Tom Hiddleston’s “wife.” If he did marry her… well, God bless, and I look forward to the Dargonfly Apocalypse and our soon-to-be Dragonfly Overlord. Let him have a personal life, I’m just saying. You can be a fan and want good things for him without needing to know every single thing about his romantic life. She’s probably just his girlfriend (not his wife) anyway.

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Jamie Dornan shows off his ‘Golden Torso’ for Interview Mag: would you hit it?

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For a man who proclaims to be “haunted” by his modeling moniker, “The Golden Torso,” Jamie Dornan still dropped trou in a hot minute for Interview Mag, right? Just as well – I have to admit, I’m enjoying this Interview Magazine editorial a lot. He looks really sexy. I also have to admit that I spent the better part of my weekend absorbed in Season 1 of The Fall. I now think Jamie is a pretty good actor too – he’s SO CREEPY as a serial killer in Belfast. I would highly recommend The Fall to anyone who enjoys serial killer/police procedural types of shows. Like, if you love Hannibal or Silence of the Lambs, you’ll love The Fall. Anyway, you can read Jamie’s interview here (I skimmed it, it’s okay – he talks a lot about The Fall). Some highlights:

His acting method: “I don’t want to be showy. I’m not interested in seeing that, and I don’t want to do it. I’ve played a lot of broken people. Maybe the silences are about the different kinds of vulnerability in all of them.”

He doesn’t like his body: “I don’t like my physique. Who does? I was a skinny guy growing up, and I still feel like that same skinny kid.”

Why he took the part in Fifty Shades of Grey: “I’m still auditioning. I don’t really have choices in the material I get. So I have to make the choices in the way I play the characters. And I’m happy to get a chance to play Christian.”

Becoming a father: “I don’t understand people complaining about babies. Sure, I miss a bit of sleep, but look at the rewards—better than not being able to sleep because of a hangover.”

[From Interview]

I have to say, in Season 1 of The Fall, he does look really skinny. I mean, you can tell he’s very strong and muscular (he takes off his shirt often enough in the show), but he’s more wiry than traditionally “built” for a leading man. He also doesn’t come on the screen with a lot of bravado – he’s one of those actors who moves like a cat. Or in The Fall, like a panther about to attack. I’m not sure if I’m going to be into him at all as Christian Grey after The Fall. But it depends… maybe he’ll end up nailing the Grey role too.

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Rob Kardashian deletes his Instagram & Twitter, friends ‘express serious concern’

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Now we rejoin the winter of Rob Kardashian’s discontent. The last time I talked about Rob, he had (somewhat hilariously) bailed on the Kimye wedding. There were tons of theories about why Rob fled Paris before his sister’s wedding. Most of the guesses involved Rob feeling uncomfortable about his weight gain and Kim giving him a hard time for messing up her wedding photos. Some of you wondered whether Rob’s sudden flight was planned by Kris Jenner as part of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

I don’t think Rob’s weight gain is something that he’s doing on purpose for his family’s show. Nobody gains that much weight (some sources say it’s over 100 pounds) for fun or money. Rob is excruciatingly aware of his weight gain. He knows that people are making fun of him. The really sad part is that I just checked Rob’s latest Tweets, and the first reply to one of them was, “Lose weight, fattie.

No wonder Rob is deleting his social media presence. Since he returned from Paris, Rob has deleted his entire Instagram cache of photos. He’s also deleted all of his tweets except for a few religious quotes from Memorial Day:

Rob did take the time to tweet birthday wishes to Lord Scott Disick — because the downtrodden Kardashian men must stick together. Here are Rob and Scott enjoying what looks like a Maldives vacation years ago:

People has spoken to a Klan source that says Rob’s friends are worried about him: “Friends at the wedding expressed serious concern for him. When I saw him, it looked like something was very wrong. I’m not sure [it's] solely related to weight gain. His friends and family are rooting for him.

This is truly weird — not only because Rob deleted his tweets. Rob did that before after he was called out for bashing ex-girlfriend Rita Ora in late 2012. This time it seems different because Rob is ignoring his whole family on Twitter. He even deleted his prior supportive tweets to Khloe. I really think that Rob feels alienated from his family. There’s no time like the present to make a clean break.

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Benedict Cumberbatch got a BBC gig at the Chelsea Flower Show… with his mum

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Do you find it charming that Benedict Cumberbatch is so close to his parents? He talks about them in interviews all the time, and he’s even given interviews at his parents’ country home. I get the feeling that he’s incredibly close to his mom Wanda Ventham especially, and that if Wanda doesn’t like the girl, the girl is not staying. I wonder if Wanda has met Dakota Johnson?! Anyway, it’s going to be like a belated Mother’s Day gift for Wanda on Monday – Wanda and Benedict are going to join forces to open this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. YES.

This is just advance warning: next week we’ll be bringing you some footage that might cause involuntary head-tilts, raised pulses and the irresistible urge to hug someone, while buying flowers.

Benedict Cumberbatch will be helping the BBC to launch their coverage of this year’s Chelsea Flower Show next Monday (May 19), with a little assistance from his mum, Wanda Ventham.

The pair join presenters Monty Don and Joe Swift to discuss their own memories of the garden show, which is organized by the Royal Horticultural Society and held every May in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London.

The show is always a big talking point, with gardeners taking enormous pains to create great displays of their horticultural handiwork. And I’m sure we’ll find out exactly what the nature (no pun intended) of link between Benedict, Wanda and the show may be on Monday.

Meanwhile, it’s been announced that Benedict’s portrayal of the British mathematician Alan Turing in The Imitation Game will be released to U.S. cinemas on November 21, a week after the British release of the film. The movie also stars Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, Allan Leech and Matthew Goode.

[From BBC America]

This is adorable. Benedict, his mum and a flower show. We’ll get to see them interact! We’ll get to see the reason why he’s not married (just a guess). A couple of things: at last year’s Chelsea Flower Show, Prince Harry helped create a garden for Sentebale, and he showed it off to his family proudly. So, this year we get Benedict instead of Harry. It’s still a win for us. Secondly, Benedict is really getting tight with the BBC, isn’t he? They persuaded him to do interviews at the Formula 1 World Championships in Malaysia back in March too. He’s got a whole second career doing commentary and interviews for the BBC. With his mum.

Incidentally, did you know that the Idaho governor goes by the name “Butch” Otter? FOR REAL. That should be Benedict’s name from now on. He is our Butch Otter.

PS… Anna Wintour said Benedict was the only man who really understood the dress code for dudes at the Met Gala. YES.

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Michael Fassbender thinks Macbeth has PTSD: ‘I don’t think Macbeth is evil’

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During the awards season, Michael Fassbender grew out his ginger beard, which was a bold choice for an actor going through his first Oscar campaign. As it turned out, it didn’t matter because Fassy barely campaigned, and he grew his beard to play Macbeth in the latest film adaptation. Originally, the film was supposed to star Natalie Portman as Lady Macbeth, but Natalie thankfully dropped out. But then Marion Cotillard stepped into the role and I’m not really sure if that was better.

Anyway, they released the first two production stills and Michael did an interview with the Daily Mail about Macbeth. First, the stills: I like the one of Michael and Marion. Honestly. I think it’s got an interesting look and it makes me want to see the film. Reading this interview makes me want to see the film too – Michael manages to talk respectfully and authoritatively about Shakespeare’s Scottish play without it becoming twee and Hiddleston-esque.

Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard stand respectfully still as the Thane of Cawdor is anointed king. Three times the assembled bishops, priests noblemen and soldiers cry out: ‘Hail, Macbeth!’ Fassbender refers to his screen wife as ‘Lady M’, and together, they make as powerful a screen couple as I’ve observed in many years. As I sit with director Justin Kurzel and watch the scene he’s shooting at Ely Cathedral (standing in for Dunsinane Castle), the camera picks out Fassbender’s eyes, and they give a hint of Macbeth’s inner torment.

‘He’s suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder,’ Fassbender told me later. ‘It makes total sense, when you think about it. Justin set the seed of the idea in my head. This trauma is something we know about. In World War I they called it battle fatigue, and it was probably more horrific in Macbeth’s days, when they were killing with their bare hands, and driving a blade through bodies. He’s having these hallucinations, and he needs to return to the violence to find some sort of clarity, or peace.’

Macbeth and his Lady M had also, the actor and director point out, lost a child.

‘He’d been away fighting and when he returns, we see it’s a relationship that’s broken down. They lost a child, and there wasn’t time for them to grieve because he’s been away campaigning.’ However, the couple do reconnect. ‘Lady M is desperate for that reconnection, and briefly they do. And, of course, the doorway has been opened to darkness and to violence,’ Fassbender said.

After Duncan is murdered, Lady M hopes that this ‘fantastical deed, this terrible deed, this extraordinary deed of killing a king will be something that will bond them together’.

But once the blood is spilled, it leads to more and more killings. ‘He’s wary of doing it,’ Fassbender said, ‘but Lady M bolsters him, and tells him to garner his strength.’

The Bard’s verse remains, too, though it has been edited. ‘There’s a vibrancy and intelligence to the script,’ Fassbender observed. He explained that the cast speak with Scottish accents — all apart from Lady M, the Oscar-winning French actress Ms Cotillard. ‘We felt it would be unreasonable for her to put on a Scottish accent. It would not be unreasonable to presume that her character spent time in the French court.’

I asked how he was approaching the psychology of Macbeth. How evil was he? ‘I always have a problem with that word,’ Fassbender said sharply. ‘It never gives me any information, or helps me in any way. I like to find a character’s motivation. I don’t think Macbeth is evil. I think he’s damaged. When we meet him, he’s a man who’s as good as his circumstances will allow. He serves his king loyally and looks after his soldiers.’

And what about Edwin Epps, his character in 12 Years? Surely he was evil? ‘You put it down to insecurity, and fears — unless of course you’re dealing with a total sociopath. Evil is a cloudy word, and something that’s not going to inform me to play the character in any other way than pantomime.’

[From The Daily Mail]

The Mail’s Baz Bamigboye also reports that Michael consulted his friend James McAvoy about playing Macbeth, because McAvoy had done Macbeth on stage in the West End last year (and McAvoy had a ginger beard too). Apparently, McAvoy gave Fassy some Macbeth literature and help.

As for Michael’s interpretation of “Lady M” and Macbeth’s motivations… it’s interesting. I mean, obviously, Lady Macbeth is one of the most fascinating female characters in the history of the English language, and I think it’s an interesting take on the play to basically boil it all down to “they’re trying to reconnect and strengthen their marriage through murdering a bunch of people.” And the post-traumatic stress thing is good too. Hopefully there won’t be too much “war” stuff in the movie though.

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