Last Friday (Nov 4) the Montreal-based publication La Presse + has published a behind-the-scenes look on The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, including an interview with Kit Harington and Jessica Chastain.
I took screenshots of the publications through their digital app, and translated part of the article, which you can read below:
Filming of The Death and Life of John F. Donovan: Setbacks celebrity
Between them, it all started on Twitter. After seeing Mommy at the official screening at the Cannes Film Festival, Jessica Chastain could not resist the urge to share his enthusiasm and congratulated the director.
“I had heard his name before, but I knew nothing of him, says the actress. I immediately fell in love with the tweet he sent me in response. He invited me to dinner, he sent me flowers at home, in short, a true friendship is born.”
This strong relationship has also almost been a source of apprehension when it came time to win the set of The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.
“We became close friends, but we had never before worked together”, says the actress. I was afraid that our friendship never is compromised if, unfortunately, it had to go wrong on the set. Fortunately, this is not the case. ”
“Xavier gave me an exciting challenge. Especially since I had never embodied a character like that before. ”
The Dark Side of Fame
In this debut English film by Xavier Dolan, Jessica Chastain slips into the skin of the editor of gossip, a magazine specializing in crispy news about celebrities. His latest target is John F. Donovan (Kit Harington), already a popular player thanks to a TV series, now whose film career might take off.
“The role was written before that I am not related to the project, thank you, God! Jessica Chastain launch. The story echoes the ugliest aspect of speed: bullying on the web and on social networks, rumors, headlines, attacks on the appearance of stars. Personally, I do not really suffer because my goal is not to be famous. I know how to avoid the paparazzi, I’m not going to trendy restaurants, and I know I will probably never share my life with a big star! ”
As for Xavier Dolan, the actress does not hide to feel protective of soul to him.
“I do not feel that kind of feeling towards other filmmakers I work with, she says. Xavier is grossly misunderstood, I think. Especially in the United States. Some of it the image of a being insensitive or arrogant, but nothing more wrong. It makes my blood boil. Xavier is one of the most generous and sensitive beings I know. The whole team love it! ”