The stars of Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest film, “Poor Things,” have spoken out in glowing terms about the director, calling him a “beautiful director” and praising his unique vision.
“He’s a beautiful director,” said Emma Stone, who stars in the film as Bella, a young woman who was brought back to life and raised by a scientist. “He’s so precise and meticulous, but he also allows his actors to breathe and explore. He creates a very safe and collaborative environment.”
Mark Ruffalo, who plays Bella’s love interest, Duncan Wedderburn, echoed Stone’s sentiments. “He’s a genius,” Ruffalo said. “He’s not afraid to take risks and push boundaries. He’s one of the most exciting directors working today.”
Willem Dafoe, who plays the scientist who brings Bella back to life, said that working with Lanthimos was “a dream come true.” “He’s a true auteur,” Dafoe said. “He has a unique voice and vision, and he’s not afraid to challenge the audience. He’s one of the most important filmmakers of our generation.”
Lanthimos is known for his dark and quirky comedies, such as “The Lobster” and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.” “Poor Things” is based on the novel of the same name by Alasdair Gray, and tells the story of a young woman who is brought back to life and falls in love with a man who is not what he seems.
The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September, where it received positive reviews from critics. It is set to be released in the United States on December 15th.
In addition to Stone, Ruffalo, and Dafoe, the film also stars Ramy Youssef, Christopher Abbott, and Jerrod Carmichael.
Stone on Lanthimos’ unique vision:
“He’s not afraid to go to dark places,” Stone said. “He’s not afraid to explore the human condition in all its complexity. He’s not afraid to ask difficult questions. I think that’s what makes him such a great filmmaker.”
Ruffalo on Lanthimos’ collaborative style:
“He’s very open to suggestions,” Ruffalo said. “He wants his actors to feel comfortable and to feel like they can contribute to the creative process. He’s not just a dictator on set. He’s a collaborator.”
Dafoe on Lanthimos’ importance in film:
“He’s one of the few filmmakers who is truly pushing the boundaries of cinema,” Dafoe said. “He’s not afraid to experiment and to take risks. He’s not afraid to be different. He’s a true artist.”
Stone on the challenges of playing Bella:
“She’s a very complex character,” Stone said. “She’s innocent and naive, but she’s also strong and determined. She’s a survivor. It was a challenge to capture all of her different layers.”
Ruffalo on the challenges of playing Duncan Wedderburn:
“He’s a very enigmatic character,” Ruffalo said. “He’s not who he seems. He’s a walking contradiction. It was a challenge to figure him out and to play him truthfully.”
Dafoe on the challenges of playing the scientist:
“He’s a very driven character,” Dafoe said. “He’s obsessed with his work and he will stop at nothing to achieve his goals. He’s a very dangerous man.”
Stone on what she hopes audiences will take away from the film:
“I hope audiences will be entertained by the film,” Stone said. “But I also hope they will be challenged by it. I hope they will think about the themes of the film and how they relate to their own lives.”
Ruffalo on what he hopes audiences will take away from the film:
“I hope audiences will appreciate the film’s unique vision,” Ruffalo said. “I hope they will see something that they’ve never seen before. I hope they will be inspired by the film.”
Dafoe on what he hopes audiences will take away from the film:
“I hope audiences will be disturbed by the film,” Dafoe said. “I hope they will be uncomfortable. I hope they will be forced to confront some of their own demons. I hope they will be left thinking about the film long after the credits roll.”
“Poor Things” is a unique and unforgettable film that is sure to stay with audiences long after they see it. It is a testament to the talent of Yorgos Lanthimos, who is one of the most important filmmakers working today.