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Joel Edgerton recently talked about the critical reception towards Bright as well as his thoughts on the sequel. Bright 2 will be released sometime in the future but Joel Edgerton has films which we can see in cinemas today. Indeed, Red Sparrow and Gringo are available to watch right now and, in an interview with Collider’s Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub, he discussed various aspects of both films.
One of the things about Red Sparrow that has got people talking is the brutal nature of some scenes in the film which involve the character played by Jennifer Lawrence. Here is what Joel Edgerton had to say about this aspect of the film:
“The book is graphic and brutal on a violent and sexual level, and sometimes both, which is definitely hard to watch. In order for that journey of Jennifer’s character to really feel like the audience was behind her need to get out and to get revenge and so on, it felt natural to Francis and to Jen to be unflinching in their treatment of that stuff. To not sort of, shy away from the graphic nature of the sex and the violence. In order, though, that it could be to bolster the nature of the characters revenge, rather than for it to be any kind of titillation or vanity sort of treatment for an audience.”
Joel Edgerton also talked about Gringo which, funnily enough, was actually directed by his brother, Nash Edgerton. Clearly, working with his brother would be appealing for Joel but he also explained the other reasons which motivated him to be a part of Gringo:
“There was something about reading the characters and the beauty of the tone of the film that Nash has created is that already on the page there were archetypal characters. There was something that almost felt necessary to lean into, at least partially lean into, the obvious qualities of the characters. The big one that came to mind when I looked at a character like Richard was that he is just selfish and a jerk, and lacked worldly education. I was so interested in playing that character for a couple of reasons. Yes, I was going to get to work with Nash again, but that character in particular because it said so much about the corporate ugliness of any country really, but American corporate greed.”
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