A trio of A-list talent will soon hit screens in the period costume drama “The Favourite” but this definitely won’t be the stuffy royals we’re used to seeing on screen, according to a new interview with the Hollywood Reporter.
The women in Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos’ (“The Lobster”) new film — Emma Stone, Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz — are “all multifaceted, many-layered, disgusting and gorgeous and powerful and weak and filthy and brilliant,” according to Colman herself.
In their interview with THR, the trio discuss their new buzz-worthy film and the way it tackles gender politics, an all-female love triangle, and dandied-up men. It brings the story of a frail Queen Anne (Colman) and the power-play between her close friend Lady Sarah (Weisz) and a scheming new servant (Stone) to screens. With Colman, 44, earning Best Actress Oscar buzz for her performance and Weisz and Stone’s named being bandied about for the Supporting Actress category, “The Favourite” is primed to be a racy awards season staple.
And, as Stone found out, her co-stars are fond of throwing the C-word out there.
“In England, we say it all the time,” new mom Weisz, 48, says. “If I’m with another Brit, we’ll say, ‘So and so is being such a c**t,’ and laugh. It’s an old English word. Shakespeare used it. Or maybe Chaucer.”
“I’ve been around Brits long enough the shock has worn off,” Stone, 30, adds. “But hearing the word ‘c**t’ a bunch, I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ It’s the most offensive word.”
Weisz loves saying it to Americans specifically, purely for the shock value.
“You can hear their sphincter tighten when that word is uttered,” she claims. “But as a woman, I’ve got one, so I’m allowed to say it. And it’s such a wonderful combination of consonants. It’s a fantastic word. I’m told in America not to use it but that just makes me want to say it all the time.”
Aside from showing, as Colman says, “that women fart and vomit and hate and love and do all the things men do,” the movie also features a love scene between the actress and Stone, who opted to make it her first on-screen nude scene.
“I had the sheet up around me,” Stone says, revealing her spontaneous decision to appear in her first nude scene came as a surprise to her co-star and director. “And as we were shooting it and we did a few takes, I said, ‘Can I please just be [naked]?’ I think it’s going to give Sarah something to look at when she sees that I’m not just under the sheet covered up. Olivia was like, ‘No, don’t do it!’ Yorgos was like, ‘Are you sure that’s what you want to do?’ And I was like, ‘Absolutely.’ I chose to do it. I was like, this makes sense to me. It’s an absolute [Stone flips the bird] to Sarah.”
“The Favourite” opens in theatres November 23.