Rosamund Pike newest position has shades of ‘Gone Lady’

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Marla Grayson, Rosamund Pike’s character in “I Care a Lot,” is equal components despicable and engaging. It’s the type of onscreen persona that audiences like to hate, but in addition one which doesn’t typically come round for girls, which explains why Pike’s unnerving and charming efficiency has garnered her a Golden Globe nomination for lead actress in a movement image, comedy.

When Pike first learn the script, from writer-director J Blakeson, she was instantly obsessed and wrote to Blakeson telling him simply how a lot she liked it.

Pike informed Blakeson that Marla was the “most enjoyable character” she’d learn in a very long time. However “it wasn’t till a number of months later that it really got here to be a critical dialog about this movie.”

She provides, “There’s a realm of characters — and Marla is actually in that group — the place nonetheless disagreeable and appalling their actions they’re nonetheless enjoyable to look at. And I’m very enthusiastic about characters like that and attempting to infer the place the road is. When do they cross over and turn into simply horrific? And why ought to we give them any time? I simply relished the chance to play one thing on this darkish, edgy house and misery folks and amuse them on the identical time.”

Within the satirical thriller, newly launched on Netflix, Marla is an formidable lady who runs a authorized guardianship agency that takes monetary benefit of aged folks. The plans of this self-described “lioness” hit a snag when she and her life and work companion Fran (Eiza González) con a brand new consumer with ties to a Mafia boss, performed by Peter Dinklage. For Blakeson, casting the appropriate actress as Marla was important. He was a longtime fan of Pike, notably her work in “Gone Lady” and “Hostiles.”

“I wanted somebody fearless to play Marla, somebody who wouldn’t be anxious about being unlikable as a personality,” the director notes. “And Rosamund was by no means terrified of that. She’s exceptionally sensible but in addition very instinctive as an actor. She actually understood what I used to be attempting to do with the movie, proper from the second we first spoke.”

To organize to play Marla, who’s keen to do actually no matter it takes to win, Pike did power coaching and took her first SoulCycle class to raised perceive Marla’s obsession with spinning. The actress was particularly enthusiastic about how Marla makes use of her physicality to get what she needs.

“The extra expertise I get, the extra the bodily dimension of the character is turning into more and more fascinating to me,” says Pike, who cropped her hair in a extreme, symmetrical lower for the position. “Marla is taking part in with peak, as many ladies do, whether or not she’s stalking the corridors in her stilettos or trying like an easygoing woman subsequent door in her sneakers. She will be able to impose and dominate, or she will appear candy and unassuming. Equally, the concept she is a self-proclaimed lioness I took as a cue for some behaviors — even the sluggish, predatory scanning of a room, the best way she’s at all times on the lookout for prey at each alternative.”

Marla can also be continually sucking on an enormous vape pen, and Pike took that character trait very significantly. She visited quite a few boutique vaping retailers round London earlier than flying out to movie the film in Boston in the summertime of 2019 and says she “actually received below the pores and skin of the vape world.” She and Blakeson spoke extensively about the place this type of lady matches into cinematic historical past, impressed by movies like “To Die For” and “The Final Seduction.” There was nearly no rehearsal forward of the month-long shoot, which meant that Pike was continually shocked by her fellow actors on set.

“J wrote a very sensible script, and one of many causes it’s sensible is as a result of in each scene each character needs one thing, normally at odds with the opposite individual within the scene,” Pike says. “With out having quite a lot of rehearsal, you don’t know the way the opposite actor goes to deal with that dialogue. You realize what the dialogue is, however you don’t know the way they’re going to spin it or how troublesome they’re going to make it for you. In a approach, it was like having the lyrics however not the music but. I’ve by no means had an expertise in a movie fairly like that, with so little thought of how I’m going to get the job accomplished within the scene. We have been taking pictures from the hip, principally.”

Pike sees Marla as following within the footsteps of Amy Dunne, her character from “Gone Lady” (for which she was nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG Award). Though she doesn’t need each position she takes on to be this difficult and unsettling, Pike is conscious of the facility these unlikable but watchable ladies have on audiences.

“I discover it a really uncomfortable place to take a seat in,” she says. “I keep in mind taking pictures ‘Gone Lady,’ and Amy chilled me being in her pores and skin. A few of these moments have been a really uncomfortable place for me. Marla, equally. All of us suppose we like being made to really feel snug, however we don’t really. From the protection of our personal residing rooms we will get pleasure from a little bit of being made to really feel uncomfortable. It’s thrilling for me to consider all of the followers of Amy Dunne, who actually received behind that efficiency and liked Amy and need to see extra ladies like that. I hope this delivers one thing of what they’re on the lookout for once more. You don’t get a complete lot of characters like Amy and Marla.”

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