The first mention comes from Kristen who squashed the Ciné-Télé (Belgium) comment allegedly from Rob that we posted HERE. We put a grain of salt on that post because it was translated and print. You know those two things are a classic combo for the grain of salt. Kristen says "we are constantly working but no".
Sarah Gadon talked about Eric and Elise, dominating the indomintable guy and a cool thing to consider regarding the seating position of her and Rob in Cosmopolis:
M&C: Your character’s relationship with Eric Pattinson) her husband, is oddly straightforward – it’s love/hate. It’s brittle, combative and sexual. What's your take on it?
Gadon: So often as a female actress you’re accustomed to reading material where the male character projects onto you exactly what you’re feeling and exactly what you’re working in and exactly what your actions are in a scene.
What I thought was so hilarious about the two of them is that he spent the entire time trying to project onto her – “I want to fuck you, I think you’re sexy, I want this. That, you’re sad, you’re happy”.
And she spends the whole time saying “No, no” until the end of the arc when he says “I’m not going to be the man you want me to be” and she says "Okay well, I’m out”. It was so refreshing to me to read that also terrifying. There is a charisma to the way she does it. But there is no blazing moment where the screenwriter is saying “fall in love with this woman” because she’s a woman.
M&C: Was your purpose was to dominate the indomitable guy?
Gadon: I think that’s why women are so responsive to the character. Men say to me “So she’s really cold” [laughs] but that is what is so great about David is that as a filmmaker, he leaves so much open to interpretation and he allows for the female and male spectator.
He’s not assuming all audiences members are young men. He’s saying “I'm going to give you a guy like this or a girl like this and then a woman and a sex scene like that”. That’s what I find so stimulating about his work. I'm speculating into the void now but I think he really does account for audiences that are both men and women.
M&C: He has a strong wife and daughter. He’s interesting to see him grow over the years; he seems to have relaxed as a director now, perhaps less of a control freak now.
Gadon: But he is not a lax director. Everything is so defined. He spent a lot of time getting the script to get to that point. So often, as Rob Pattinson says, you get material that is not fully developed and just because of the nature of the industry now, you don’t know what’s going to get green lit.
It has nothing to do with the script and everything to do with the casting, director, financing, so an actor may go to camera with a script that is not going to be developed anymore.
It creates a different kind of role for an actor. So often you’re trying to figure out a scene, the action, intention, emotion with the director on the day and it’s just a lot messier. With David it’s already there.
There is that difference, but on the day. He’s there watching and listening and he comes up and says something, even a word, “comprised”, not composed”, and you’ll say it and it will change your whole performance.
Rob and I had breakfast, lunch and dinner in the movie and he wanted us to sit side by side. He asked us to sit outward until the end of the scene when we face each other. Things like that that change your performance. He likes to play like he’s laid back!