From Twilight to the cinema of David Cronenberg, that’s a big step. It is the beginning of a new career for you?
Firstly, to be here with this movie, it’s amazing. For a young actor like me, for people who really like cinema, it’s the ultimate festival. One of the only ones that considers cinema like an art form. Here it’s not about being a celebrity and all that comes with it. To go back on the subject of my career, it’s probably the start of something. Because shooting Cosmopolis gave me the confidence I needed to invest myself in projects that really interest me.
You started in England but you became famous because of Hollywood. Do you think young american actors see Cannes like you do?
Maybe … until the day their movie gets selected *laughs*. In the US, Cannes isn’t given a lot of media coverage, we talk about it more in a professional environment. Whereas in London, the festival is on the first page of the newspapers for two weeks. The thing that is weird here is all these people that clap for you at the end of the screening. I went to the one for On the Road (note: wednesday night) and it hit me. In the USA, people leave as soon as the credits roll. I asked david what would happen if we were booed with Cosmopolis. Do we have to stay up for 20 minutes anyway? *laughs*
Apparently, you’re a fan of Cronenberg. Did you sign on for one of his movies without reading a script?
Absolutely. I did so last week! My agent asked me if I was reading for the next movie with David and I said yes without thinking *laughs*. For Cosmopolis tho, I read the script one year before it got offered to me and I foudn it excellent. On the first read, I felt a connection. It talked to me without me even knowing what it was about.
Cronenberg didn’t make you rehearse or explain to you that he wanted to discover the meaning of the movie during the shoot. It didn’t scare you?
Its’ pretty understandable because the script is really complicated and can be taken in many different ways. David didn’t talk to me a lot, indeed. We had a brief conversation, that’s it. I remember being sitted in my hotel room two weeks before filming; telling myself: “My god!” The very first days, I was terrified. We did camera tests. I was sitting in the limo, I didn’t have anything to do … and I almost threw up. My heart was beating so fast, I was scared David was going to fire me, that he thought I was a faker. But he was really relaxed. His crew explained to me that for the first week, he didn’t know what he was doing, but that it was normal … That he was trying to find a meaning to the movie. As soon as we found our rhythm, we went faster and faster. At the end of the filming, we only did one take per scene. It was crazy. For the last one, we had 4 days scheduled, we did it in one day and a half.