Harris, is there a point in the movie where your Conner character intends to flirt with Rasputin and I would like to know, first of all, what is it like to flirt with Rhys Ifans, especially since he’s there Rasputin just woke up?
Harris Dickinson: Well, Rhys is the most amazing, lovable person, so I had a lot of fun. I think people can attest to this as well. We all loved doing those scenes with Rhys, but yeah, it’s funny because he really transforms for this in every way. His voice is different, his physicality… he really put a lot of effort into it. Rhys is fun in real life and in real life he has a sense of humor and is very entertaining. You have to quickly distinguish between, okay, now I’m with Rasputin and now [I’m not], but he couldn’t believe it.
He’s created such a powerful presence, but it’s also been difficult to pull off that and at the same time keep it funny and dance in the midst of such intimidation, and that’s a really hard thing to do. . Rhys did it perfectly, so I was honored to sit across from him and flirt with him.
Gemma, you’re in a very different way, you can build this vibrant relationship with Ralph Fiennes throughout the movie and I’m curious in the same way, how do you do with Ralph to build that relationship time system? Because it really is a journey from start to finish.
Gemma Arterton: Yes. I know Ralph from before, so we’re friends and we’re both theater people, so you guys bump into each other quite a bit. We do have a relationship anyway, and I think it’s pretty natural between us. We don’t have to work so hard to achieve all of that. I remember one day we were shooting pretty in sequence with our stuff. We start with lighters [scenes] and then obviously we ended up with heavier, more emotional stuff. One day I have to come and say [something] with him about cracking the code.
I remember I ran away and I was so excited that I cracked the code and I made him laugh and Ralph can be quite serious so it was quite a challenge, but I was quite interested in trying. Challenge try to make him laugh. That became something that I would try to do, and that was really the nature of their relationship. She gets through all the crap, really. She blends in with him and into his heart and so it’s quite natural for us to get to those bigger shots. It all just happened quite naturally.
https://www.looper.com/713414/harris-dickinson-and-gemma-arteron-flirt-with-rasputin-and-make-ralph-fiennes-laugh-exclusive-interview/ Harris Dickinson and Gemma Arteron flirt with Rasputin and make Ralph Fiennes laugh