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For the most part, Bad Times at the El Royale has received a positive reception from film critics. This is especially the case when it comes to the performances as well as the direction by Drew Goddard. In addition to directing this movie, Drew Goddard also wrote the screenplay and, in an interview with Variety, he had the chance to talk about Bad Times at the El Royale.
Bad Times at the El Royale
Something that Drew Goddard spoke about was casting Cynthia Ervo for Bad Times at the El Royale:
“When I was writing the movie, I knew I had this character, Darlene Sweet. She’s a lounge singer in the late ’60s. I knew I needed her to sing live. So much of it is not just about the singing, it’s about the act of singing and what it means to be an artist and an artist struggling to find her voice.”
“It became crucial when we were casting the film. I said, ‘Listen, we will be singing incredibly complicated songs live, that we need to do over, and over, and over. We need somebody with real chops.’ And so, we really just started scouring the world. I hadn’t seen The Color Purple [Broadway revival] but people speak of her performance with a real reverence.”
“Anyone who was there says, ‘Oh, you should meet Cynthia, that’s the person for you.’ And so she came in and just started doing the scenes and I knew immediately. I just felt the hair stand up on the back of my neck. It was pretty exciting the day she walked in, that’s for sure.”
Drew Goddard also discussed whether writing a character for Chris Hemsworth was a priority:
“The truth is, I don’t really think about actors when I’m writing, but every time I finish a script I look at it and the first thing I think is, ‘OK, who could Chris play?’ When I’m writing I try to only think about the characters. But once I finished, he’s definitely one of the first people I called. I just love working with him so much.”
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