Already a hit in the U.S., Woody Allen's smash hit "Blue Jasmine" is coming to Australia to test its audience down under.
Cate Blanchet interviewed for "Blue Jasmine"
"Blue Jasmine" reviews are giving a thumbs up to Cate Blanchet's role. Jasmine could be as significant as Mia Farrow's Hannah in "Hannah and Her Sisters" and Diane Keaton's "Annie Hall."
Blanchet told media that she accepted the offer for the movie without reading the script because Wood Allen was the director. "I think most people do that when they hear Woody Allen wants to work with them," Blanchet said in a report by The Australian.
This is her first movie with Allen. The leading actress was afraid of getting fired while shooting the first part of the movie when Allen said, "It's awful, it's not working."
"Apart from being a great filmmaker and auteur, he's an incredible dramatist," she complemented the legendary Allen.
Allen categorically dislikes any small talk on the set, does not direct much but relies more on spontaneity in just a single shot.
During an interview in July, Allen told Variety magazine that having Blanchet on the set was like having an atomic bomb; that's probably as good a compliment that Allen can give anyone. He has been admired for his sense of style and comedy, unmatched by any other director/star in Hollywood. His eclectic script and very subtle implications of culture and people's idiosyncrasies are his forte.
Blanchet reminisced that playing the role of neurotic Jasmine, who had lost everything to her swindling husband and then turned to Xanax and a handful of other anti-depressants, was an inviting role.
''I was over the moon when he threw Jasmine at me. Because she's so complicated and so combustible and so confused - delusions of grandeur to an epic proportion,'' Blanchet told The Sydney Morning Herald.
Allen picked Blanchet after approving of her role in the "The Talented Mr. Ripley" filmed in 1999. ''We all want to lay our offerings at his altar [but] he's not sacred at all; he's the least pretentious person I think I've ever met,'' Blanchet said. ''You can literally talk to him about the insoles of your shoes at the same time you can talk about Bergman.''
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