Stars on Their New Movies
By Jeanne Wolf
Where do you go after surrounding yourself with awards buzz for a bravura performance as the Queen of England in The Young Victoria? Emily Blunt jumped right into the much-anticipated horror thriller The Wolfman, playing the damsel in distress.
“If I just pigeonholed myself into doing one kind of style or one kind of character, I would bore the crap out of myself,” she explains about what might seem her offbeat choice. “The biggest pressure you feel is pleasing all the fanboys who love the story of the Wolfman and can’t wait to see the movie. I met a lot of them when I went to Comic-Con and they are really superenthusiastic, to say the least.”
Blunt readily admits that facing up to a hairy creature with big teeth was a new challenge. “You have to react in a believable way to something that’s so supernatural,” she says. “I’ve never come across a wolfman. But I didn’t need much help because Benicio Del Toro, who plays him, looked absolutely fucking terrifying. That helped transport me because it really makes your skin crawl.”
Then she adds with a giggle, “I got chased by the Wolfman and ran for my life. I hate being chased, number one. When I was a kid, my mom would chase me up the stairs for a joke and I would cry. So I was living my childhood nightmare in this movie. It was not fun, especially when you’re fleeing in a corset and high heels.” In fact, fear is not an emotion that comes easily to Blunt, especially in her career. “Making movies is a fear-led industry where everyone’s like, If we don’t do this we’re going to miss out on this and then we’re fucked,” she says. “I really want to fight against that. It has just never been important to me to make a big splash. If I’m in a movie, I don’t care whether it’s two scenes or the whole deal. The fame thing seems to be the whole deal in Hollywood and the reason why people take these huge movies to maintain it. I keep hearing, ‘You have staying power.’ I believe that comes from doing good work.
“In this town, particularly at parties, everybody’s so busy being seen that you don’t actually see anyone,” she adds. “Being an actor can enrich your life in so many ways, but it can limit you as well if you become insulated and try to live in that bubble of celebrity.”
Now, Blunt is on to a new challenge, playing a ballerina in The Adjustment Bureau opposite Matt Damon. “Learning to dance was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do,” she says. “I couldn’t believe how emotional I got when I finally finished all the dancing scenes. But I learned something: It’s good to put yourself in situations that are frightening to you.”
Martin Scorsese Reunites With Leo
In case you’re counting, it’s the fourth time around for superstar Leonardo DiCaprio and legendary director Martin Scorsese (after Gangs of New York, The Aviator and The Departed). The pair is teaming up again for the creepy thriller Shutter Island, based on the novel by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone).
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