I have uploaded photos of Rebecca taken at yesterday’s UK premiere of The BFG, held in London’s Leicester Square. Rebecca looked lovely, as did the theming for the premiere – I love the attention to detail!
What a great photoshoot and interview this is! Rebecca is featured on the latest issue of TANK, the quarterly British magazine which features everything from fashion to architecture. I’ve added photos of the shoot as well as the cover of the issue to the gallery. I’ll do my best to feature further coverage as soon as possible.
TANK – Rebecca Hall is watching herself on film, running the same sequence over and over, analysing tiny details of her own expressions and gestures. “Do you think that feels forced?” she asks a colleague. This isn’t the Rebecca Hall we’ve seen before, though. It’s the opening sequence of Antonio Campos’ Christine, in which she plays the brilliant, ambitious and witty television journalist Christine Chubbuck, whose personal and professional troubles permanently overshadowed her gifts when, one day in 1974, she looked straight to camera from behind the anchor’s desk and announced to viewers that “In keeping with Channel 40’s policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts, and in living colour, you are going to see another first: attempted suicide,” – and then shot herself in the head.
To kill oneself on live television seems both a radically unambiguous gesture and an irreducibly mysterious one. Rumoured to have inspired Paddy Chayefsky during the writing of Network (or at least eerily echoing its conceit), Chubbuck’s act could be read, Hall says when I meet her, as “symbolically, the primal scream” of an America suffering a national nervous breakdown. If it was an act of satire – as well as an expression of profound despair – it was one utterly lost on the media it was aimed at: Chubbuck’s boss, Robert Nelson, who so angered her with his demands for gory or sensational stories over the more serious work she preferred, reportedly showed off his press clippings about her suicide with the words, “We got the whole front page.” Continue reading TANK Magazine: Acting and being
W MAGAZINE – When 34-year-old Rebecca Hall first came to Cannes in 2008 for Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (in which she played Vicky), she didn’t even bring a dress to walk the carpet. “I got to Cannes and was like ‘wow, this is a huge thing…’ but I learned from my mistake!” quips Hall, who’s saving grace was Alberta Ferretti who came to the rescue at the last minute. With that behind her, the London-born actress returned to the Grand Palais, fully equipped in Dior Couture, for her film “The BFG,” Steven Spielberg’s remake of Roald Dahl’s 1982 childhood classic. Shot in Vancouver, the film follows an orphan named Sophie who teams up with the Big Friendly Giant to defend the world against evil people-eating giants. Hall plays Mary, the Queen of England’s maid, who comes to Sophie’s rescue. Hall lovingly describes her character as “a quite rotund, fleshy maid with a feather duster,” and promises that she bears no similarities to her character besides her English origin. “I brought my own idea of how I see the world to the character,” she begins. “Perhaps our warmth maybe similar, but beyond that no. She’s frightfully British and put together – she wears tweed and this crazy ’80s, early ’90s posh British hair.”
VANITY FAIR – We’re several phases deep into Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and there are still no female superheroes with their own movie and, for that matter, no female villains in a starring role. In fact, audiences will have to wait until possibly Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (May 2017) or definitely Thor: Ragnarok (November 2017) to see a woman in the Big Bad role. But according to Iron Man 3 writer-director Shane Black, Marvel fans could have had a female villain back in 2013 were it not for concerns over toy sales.
When asked why Rebecca Hall’s character, Maya Hansen, met such an unceremonious end in the film, when she was shot by Guy Pearce’s villainous Aldrich Killian, Black told Uproxx’s Mike Ryan:
All I’ll say is this, on the record: There was an early draft of Iron Man 3 where we had an inkling of a problem. Which is that we had a female character who was the villain in the draft. We had finished the script and we were given a no-holds-barred memo saying that cannot stand and we’ve changed our minds because, after consulting, we’ve decided that toy won’t sell as well if it’s a female. . . . So, we had to change the entire script because of toy making.
While Killian and his frustrated masculinity made for a compelling villain, Maya makes even more sense. It was her research—which Tony helped crack—that resulted in the Extremis serum that created super-soldiers. “New York called and said, ‘That’s money out of our bank,’” Black explained. “In the earlier draft, the woman was essentially Killian—and they didn’t want a female Killian, they wanted a male Killian. I liked the idea, like Remington Steele, you think it’s the man but at the end, the woman has been running the whole show. They just said, ‘No way.‘”
Black clarified that the Marvel that created Iron Man 3 is not the Marvel that exists today. “That’s not [Kevin] Feige,” he told Uproxx. “That’s Marvel corporate, but now you don’t have that problem anymore.” Last year, Disney wrested control of Marvel Studios away from eccentric billionaire Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter and gave it directly to Marvel Studios president Feige. Though a lot of the information on Perlmutter’s influence is speculative, many attribute controversial decisions like the lack of non-white, non-male leads in the M.C.U. to him. And some claim Perlmutter—who has a background in the toy business—was specifically responsible for the controversial decision to take a gendered approach to Avengers merchandise and for the conspicuous absence of Black Widow merchandise. “Yeah, Ike’s gone,” Black said. Bring on the female villains, superheroes, and toys.
Later than promised, I have at last added photos of Rebecca’s appearances at the 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival for the premiere, photocall, and press conference for The BFG. Doesn’t she look incredible? I can’t wait to see what she brings to her role in the movie, as it seems like her character is being sidelined from the theatrical trailers and promotion so far.