Spotlight Report just posted a new -but short- interview with Matthew regarding Anna Karenina:
Matthew, what kind of man is Oblonsky in the movie?
Oblonsky is a lover of pleasures of the flesh. He likes women and food and drink. He is a social animal and is not introspective and is not burdened with a sense of guilt about his actions. But he is not a callous man. He loves his friends and he loves the love of his friends, and he fails a bit in his own marriage.
But he tries to bring happiness to others…
Absolutely, yes. And that is quite touching. He is a perceptive man about people and their behaviour but can’t always shine that perception on his own relationships.
You worked with Anna Karenina director Joe Wright on Pride and Prejudice, Matthew. Has he changed at all as a director in the intervening years?
We worked together on Pride and Prejudice in 2004, I think, and that was Joe’s first film so it is lovely to be doing this, seven years later. Whether he’s changed it is hard to tell. Maybe he is more self-assured, because this is a big risky idea that he’s doing in this film. Joe is not full of bluster either. He is very thoughtful and caring about the actors. He makes you feel very secure. You want to trust your director.
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via www.darcylicious.com - Your source for everything on Matthew Macfadyen
A nice, funny and long interview with HitFix, in it he talked about almost everything. From his research for Ripper Street to working with Joe Wright to his next film, Epic, which is a comedy:
Like many a British thespian, Matthew Macfadyen has reliably bounced back and forth between the big screen and television, whether wooing Elizabeth Bennet in “Pride & Prejudice” or battling international intrigue in “MI-5.”
Fresh off a well-received supporting turn as Oblonsky in Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina” this winter, Macfadyen is back on TV on Saturday (January 19) night fighting crime in Victorian England in BBC America’s “Ripper Street.”
During the Television Critics Association press tour this month, I sat down with MacFadyen to talk about his role as Detective Inspector Edmund Reid on “Ripper Street,” which was created by Richard Warlow and co-stars Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg. We also talked a bit about Wright’s highly theatrical Tolstoy adaptation, as well as his creative process.
I know you said on the panel that it was the script that attracted you, but what was the kernel that piqued your interest?
Matthew Macfadyen: It’s the whole thing, I think. I wasn’t a kernel. It was the writing, the character, the idea of doing a series sorta appealed and it took me by surprise, because it wasn’t my plan to do another series. I wasn’t looking for a series to do and it just sorta ticked a lot of boxes and it was… yeah.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to go to a double feature of Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina and Pride and Prejudice. Obviously, as Joe Wright is in my top 3 favorite directors (and could arguably be my favorite?), I went.
Anna Karenina was absolutely beautiful, like a musical or a ballet or something, though I did feel it dragged a bit towards the end. The visuals were stunning, the choreography of the movements (especially the opening sequence) was something to behold, and the soundscape was as rich as I expect one of Joe Wright’s films to be (his use of silence, sound effects, and music is actually my favorite thing about him).
After the film, Joe Wright and Keira Knightley did a Q&A, and she was very cute and at times self-deprecating and insightful about what she looks for in a role, etc (hey, one of these days let’s talk about how she was seventeen when she did Love Actually) but the real draw for me was getting to see and hear Joe Wright talk.
He was kind of stutter-y at times, but was also insightful and funny and mentioned that he wanted to work with Matthew MacFadyen again after P&P and so he originally thought of him for Karenin, but thought it would be “too weird” for Lizzie and Darcy to be in a loveless marriage - he didn’t mention how weird it was for them to be siblings, though.
My favorite response of his was sort of a throwaway one; someone asked about some of the music being on screen in this film (the way they staged this film is definitely my favorite thing about it) and, while talking, he mentioned that the sound effects and dialogue and music are all important - they make up the soundscape, and it just encapsulated so well my favorite thing about his films, and I just really enjoyed it.
I didn’t stay for the second film, because I watched it recently when I really got into the Lizzie Bennet Diaries and I’ll probably be making my sister watch it over Christmas, plus I was an hour away from home and my phone was dying, but the night was definitely worth it.
Also when he came out I got a pretty strong “Sudeikis in glasses” vibe, just saying (he’s kind of an attractive dude, I’m saying).
Anna Karenina’s trailer, filmclips and making of.
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You had such great chemistry with Matthew Macfadyen in “Pride and prejudice”, I’m almost disappointed he plays your brother in “Anna Karenina”.
I think we all really enjoyed playing with that. It was funny. Joe and I did a domestic abuse ad for a charity in England a couple of years ago. It’s quite a shocking ad; I get beaten up by my lover. He actually did have a moment where he said, “Let’s get Matthew to do it because that would be amazing.” I did actually put my foot down and say, “You cannot have Mr. Darcy beating the shit out of me on a TV ad!”
“Matthew needs to do so little to get a story across, he’s just…he’s so subtle”.
(Joe Wright, Director).
“Great fun working with Joe as well…and Keira again after 7 years or so.” (Matthew Macfadyen)
More pics of the cast of Anna Karenina at the London premiere (x)
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New behind the scenes pictures of Matthew Macfadyen on the set of Anna Karenina (x)
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