‘Contagion’ centres on the threat posed by a rapidly progressing deadly disease and an international team of doctors contracted by the CDC to deal with the outbreak. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. As the virus spreads around the world, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the film also stars Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lawrence Fishbourne, Demitri Martin, Sanaa Lathan and Elliott Gould. ‘Contagion’ opens September 9th in the US, and October 21st in the UK. In-depth interviews will be posted next week.
You really get involved with the many characters in this film….
Bryan Cranston: It’s complex, it’s easy to follow because you feel for these people. Even though ‘Contagion’ deals largely on a plot driven story, without the human involvement you wouldn’t get the connection, or feel the connection. So whether it’s Marion Cotillard’s character in Hong Kong, or Matt Damon’s character trying to save his daughters life in Minnesota. What you don’t realise is the conflict at the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), where you have these Doctors, and in my characters place, Military Men, the incredibly pressurised task of first finding out what we’re dealing with, trying to find a component of it, then manufacturing it in a controlled environment so that we can start attacking it to kill it. The characters are key.
Jude, can you tell us about your character’s convictions, and his view on government controls?
Jude Law: He’s a campaigner for freedom of speech, but also conspiracy theories. I think unfortunately his ego and his pride get in the way of his convictions.
I think he has an inbuilt reaction to government backed vaccination programmes, and government backed research, he has a cynical view of the legal process, and the governmental process behind investigation on medical issues. So I think that often leads him into areas of alternatives, then raising alternatives and watching them be covered up. Where he’s very interesting to this story is that he does actually get the lead on everyone else, he sees something before everyone else, therefore he has the run on them for quite a while.
How was it working with Steven Soderbergh?
Bryan Cranston: Steven Soderbergh is great in the way that he listens to suggestions. He’s very fast, one of the fastest directors I’ve ever worked with, he moves quickly and that’s great. So when an actor goes home after ten hours, as opposed to fourteen or fifteen hours, that helps a lot, you’re much more refreshed the next day, then the following day, then the day after that. You can bring more energy to the role. He really is great.
Jude Law: I’ve wanted to work with Steven Soderbergh for many years, many many years (laughs). It’s been a really terrific experience, he brings incredible composure, and confidence, and fun to a set. He has a very unique process of…..because he’s also looking as director of photography and operator, he has a very beautiful and intimate way of choosing his shots. I felt that absolutely intensified the relationship a director has with an actor, where they’re viewing you absolutely in the moment.
The idea of this type of outbreak happening is terrifying, what are your thoughts on the possibilities of it actually happening?
Jude Law: The overriding impression from all of the experts I got from this was that it’s a matter of when, not if. I suppose if you just step back and look at it historically, these things have happened in the past, and not that long ago. We’ve had little scares in the last few years, it seems absolutely plausible, actually more so now because of travel increase, international travel increases. Therefore the ability of bugs and virus’ getting on planes and travelling half way around the world.
Hey everyone! Some stills of Jude’s upcoming film 360 has been released and I’ve uploaded the only one featuring him to the gallery. Check it out below along with the first synopsis!
Director Fernando Meirelles (City of God) reunites with his Constant Gardener star Rachel Weisz, who stars opposite Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins, and Ben Foster in this uncompromising dramatic thriller fuelled by the notion of how sexual relationships can transgress social boundaries.
Jude Law’s impressive opening night in the West End play Anna Christie has seen demand for tickets surge by almost 300 per cent.
The Oscar-nominated actor received “glowing reviews” from critics for his first night’s performance in American playwright Eugene O’Neill’s acclaimed drama.
Tickets have since been selling for almost £400 as fans grab the chance to see the British star perform at London’s Donmar Warehouse.
Online ticket exchange Viagogo has seen a 295 per cent surge in demand for tickets.
Director of Viagogo UK Ed Parkinson said: ‘We’re found that plays starring big names like Jude Law create a real hype amongst fans, but it is the critics’ reviews that really accelerate ticket demand.”
He added: ‘The critics’ glowing reviews of Jude Law has arguably cemented the play as the hottest theatre ticket of the year.’
Hey everyone! A “Contagion” trailer has been released along with a still and a new “Sherlock Holmes 2″ still has been released as well.
Hey everyone! Jude is a jury member at Cannes this year and he’s attended quite a few Cannes related events. Check them out below!
64th Cannes Film Festival – Opening Ceremony and “Midnight in Paris” Premiere
64th Cannes Film Festival – Jury Photocall
64th Cannes Film Festival – Jury Press Conference
64th Cannes Film Festival – Belvedere Party
64th Cannes Film Festival – “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” Premiere
Hollywood star Jude Law has been picked to be one of the jurors for the 64th Cannes Film Festival.
The 38-year-old will be on the feature film jury, of which Robert De Niro, 67, is president.
Other members include actress Uma Thurman and French director Olivier Assayas.
They will award prizes including the Palme d’Or.
The Cannes film festival is on from May 11 to 22.
Hey everyone! I came across some photos of Jude and Rachel Weisz on the set of 360 and added them to the gallery. You can check them out below.