David Fincher is a filmmaker who’s as revered for his expertise as he’s feared by actors for making them do scenes repeatedly and once more till he will get what he’s on the lookout for. Amanda Seyfried received a first-hand expertise of this kind of specificity on the filmmaker’s half on the set of his new film Mank, starring Gary Oldman within the lead function as Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz. In an interview with Collider, Seyfried, who performs the function of Hollywood legend Marion Davies within the movie, talked concerning the venture being the toughest factor she’s ever labored on.
“Truthfully, it’s the hardest I’ve ever labored. However I’m so thrilled with it. Initially, it got here out of nowhere. Then I spoke with David Fincher … I needed to obtain Zoom. Did not know what it was. And I spoke to him for like an hour and a half hour about it, the script. I used to be fairly positive I used to be going to do it, however I did not know, it was as much as him. However I used to be simply additionally like, how the fuck am I going to play Marion Davies? She had the accent. And what number of takes? All of that stuff swarmed in.”
Leaping into a brand new function may be an intimidating prospect, particularly in a film helmed by somebody with the elevated standing and repute of Fincher. However Amanda Seyfried couldn’t say no to working with the esteemed filmmaker.
“I used to be additionally like, that is such a get – to work with Fincher he is one in all a sort. And I truly cannot consider we did it. And we completed on February 21st, proper earlier than the quarantine. I am unable to consider it. And I used to be doing three motion pictures back-to-back, so every blended into the subsequent and my head wasn’t on straight. I used to be flying to LA on weekends and doing rehearsals with David and Gary Arliss and all of the solid. After which like going again in for my different motion pictures, It was nice. And uh, yeah, it will be wonderful.”
Fincher is well-known for his Kubrick-esque insistence on retakes to realize a stage of pure authenticity. Within the filmmaker’s personal phrases, “I hate earnestness in efficiency… often by Take 17 the earnestness is gone.” For Seyfried, the retakes would take total weeks to finish, and will quantity within the 200s.
“…I used to be a part of scenes with tons of individuals in it and we might do it for a complete week. I am unable to let you know what number of takes we did, however I’d guess 200, possibly I might be incorrect and might be method off. Um, I might be underestimating by 5 days of 1 scene after I did not have one line… ‘You suppose I can simply chill out?’ No, as a result of there are in all probability about 9 or 10 completely different digital camera angles that had been on me at one level.”
Mank tells the story of Herman J. Mankiewicz’s feud with Orson Welles. The venture wrapped filming earlier this 12 months and is anticipated to debut on Netflix someday this fall. This story originated at Collider.