Léa Seydoux did not understand the scenario of Crimes of the future – Actualité Ciné | Film-News.co.uk
Léa Seydoux did not understand David Cronenberg’s screenplay for Future Crimes.
In the director’s latest body horror flick The Fly, Seydoux plays Caprice, who, along with her performance and romantic partner Saul (Viggo Mortensen), participates in an art practice involving the growth and removal of new organs on stage in front of a live audience.
In an interview with IndieWire, the No Time to Die star admitted she didn’t understand the script or know what she was doing on set most of the time.
“I didn’t understand,” she said of the script. “I didn’t know what I was doing. But I had to make a choice and I think it worked.”
When the project first arrived, Seydoux was in talks to play Timlin, a National Organ Registry investigator, and the titular character of Caprice went to Natalie Portman. However, when Portman left due to scheduling conflicts with Thor: Love and Thunder, Seydoux took on the bigger role and Timlin went to Kristen Stewart.
The French star wasn’t the only distraught actor – Stewart recently revealed she didn’t understand the film until she watched it in full at the Cannes Film Festival.
“(I told Cronenberg on the phone before I was cast), ‘I have no idea what this movie is about, but I’m so curious and maybe making this movie will let us figure it out. ‘ I was like, ‘I’m sure you know what this is about,'” she recalled at a press conference. “But we spent every day after work, all the actors, saying, ‘What the fuck are we doing? But then I watched the movie last night, I was like it was so clear to me.”