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Actress Watch: Williams’ Monroe, Green’s Dark Shadows, Winslet the “Only Actress” for Mildred Pierce

Actress Watch: Williams' Monroe, Green's Dark Shadows, Winslet the "Only Actress" for Mildred Pierce

– One of Michelle Williams’s co-stars in The Weinstein Co.’s My Week With Marilyn, Dougray Scott, tells the Irish Independent that she is “amazing” portraying Monroe. He adds, “I can imagine [Michelle felt pressure] but she was amazing. She’s a wonderful actress and lovely girl as well. I had great fun working with her.” Simon Curtis directed the film, which is based on the diary of an assistant, Colin Clark, who worked on the set of The Prince And The Showgirl in 1956. Of his own role, that of Monroe’s husband, playwright Arthur Miller, Scott says “[he is] such an iconic, interesting, enigmatic character, I had great fun researching and filming that.”

– Eva Green talks to BlackBook about her role in Jordan Scott’s Cracks, and hints at what attracts her to twisted roles such as Tim Burton’s upcoming Dark Shadows. She calls her role in Cracks, Miss G, “such a rich character, and you don’t get that very often. You get a girlfriend role, or that meaty, old-fashioned thing, but they don’t make films like his anymore. You have so many things: She’s so cool, eccentric, strong, and very fragile. I like risks. I like intensity. For me, it’s quite difficult to play a normal girl, I would not be very good. It’s not that it’s boring, I just like when it’s kind of weird or a bit extreme.” As for working with a female director for the first time, Green says it was a true collaboration: “Sometimes you have a director and you’re the actor, you’re the puppet, and you’re not allowed to utter a word. Here, she really trusted me and gave me a lot of freedom, and she’s so passionate about the project. It was a gift.” Cracks is currently in theaters, trailer below.

– Anticipation is rising for the premiere of Todd Haynes’s HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce, airing Sunday and throughout April, starring Kate Winslet, Evan Rachel Wood, Guy Pearce and Melissa Leo. (Here’s Caryn James’ review.) Winslet told the LAT that she started to watch the Joan Crawford original but decided that she shouldn’t. “I knew I had to honor the original book and to be true to the Mildred Pierce in that brilliant novel [written by James M. Cain]…What I was working toward with Todd Haynes was something different [than the original film].” The most notable difference, writes the LAT, is the omission of the murder plot that the 1945 movie was based around. Haynes was drawn to the story for other reasons: “The crises it explores are those of middle class privilege — issues of pride and status and the struggle first to regain one’s standing, and then to persevere through hard work and ingenuity,” he says, believing the book “feels very much like the particular struggles of our current economic crisis, coming out of period of unbridled consumption.” While reading the novel in 2008, Haynes could not get Winslet “out of my mind.” For him, she was the only option for playing the iconic character. The trailer is below.

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