We talked with Ana de Armas and Blonde director Andrew Dominik about why de Armas’ Marilyn Monroe voice is just right; Ti West tells us how Pearl went from black and white to almost Technicolor; and a top colorist explains his job. Plus: Brian Cox is very sick of a very American approach to acting. All in today’s black and white and red all over Movie News Rundown.
Ruby Red Pearl: The color in Ti West’s Pearl is stunning — but he tells us he almost shot it in black and white. The new horror film, starring Mia Goth as the younger version of one of her two characters in X, is out tonight. West walked us through the film’s Technicolor origins and Wizard of Oz origins.
Speaking of Red: Here’s our interview with Frederik Bokkenheuser, a colorist at the state-of-the-art post-production house Picture Shop, explaining exactly what a colorist does. Bokkenheuser, whose recent projects include Netflix’s format-hopping Archive 81, says one surprisingly essential step in the process is getting everyone to agree what color every color is:
Defending de Armas: Remember that online griping last month about Ana de Armas’ Marilyn Monroe voice in Blonde? Director Andrew Dominic is glad it happened, he tells us, for reasons we’ll let him explain. And de Armas notes that Marilyn Monroe didn’t have one voice, in this preview of our upcoming Blonde cover story by Margeaux Sippell.
Bryan Mocks Method Acting: The Succession star says he is no fan of Method acting. “I don’t hold a lot of the American s—, having to have a religious experience every time you play a part. It’s crap,” the Scottish actor said at a Toronto Film Festival Q&A for his new film, Prisoner’s Daughter. “I don’t hang onto the characters I play. I let them go through me. The thing is to be ready to accept, as an actor. You stand there, you’re ready to accept whatever is thrown at you.” A-N he’s not playin’.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s Advice to Timothée Chalamet: “No hard drugs and no superheroes,” according to this British Vogue profile of Chalamet.
Courage: TV icon Norman Lear is 100, and Timothée Chalamet is one-quarter his age, but they agree on this: It’s hard to be a human. In this exclusive clip of the new documentary Gratitude Revealed, Lear talks about the courage it takes to get up in the morning:
Main image: Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe in Blonde.