He knew something was a little off about Nadia—the dog being found so close to her house and her lack of surprise or interest in that fact was not lost on Bob—but was there anyone, anywhere on this planet, who wasn’t a little off? More than a little most times. Nadia came by to help with the dog and Bob, who hadn’t known much friendship in his life, took what he could get.
Animal Rescue, Dennis Lahane
Noomi Rapace was at the the Marrakech Film Festival this week and in this interview she talks about how great it is working with Tom, The Drop (Animal Rescue) and Child 44.
So you’re a blonde now?
Ha, yes. I did a movie this year called “Child 44” with Tom Hardy, and we play Russians. I bleached my eyebrows and had these light eyes—blueish green—so I looked very Russian. And my new movie I’m prepping in New York is called “Alive Alone” and I’m to be even blonder.
And how about “Child 44,” your second collaboration with Tom Hardy?
We did “Animal Rescue” and I love working with him. We know each other … sometimes you meet someone and you feel like you can go anywhere—step into different characters and time zones or a period film or contemporary or whatever—we have a very intimate [relationship] and trust each other a lot. But we have a lot of fun even if it’s quite dark or heavy, we’re always laughing a lot and having a good time, so I love working with him and he’s such an incredible actor, I’ve been really lucky.
And Gary Oldman is in it, who is one of my heroes, and Ridley Scott produced so he’s in the background andDaniel Espinosa who is from Chile but grew up in Sweden he is directing it. He did “Safe House,” and “Snabba Cash” and he’s also a friend of mine. So it was a long shoot and quite a big epic movie in one way, but very much a character drama, also some kind of reverse love story between my character and Tom’s character: they’ve been married for eight years when the movie starts and it’s like a cold war between them.
Of course it’s based on the Tom Rob Smith book, which is the first in a trilogy in which your character, Raisa becomes arguably more central as time goes on.
Will you return for movie sequels, should they happen?
Yes absolutely, if it’s the same [team] I would love to. I find if you do sequels—for example Ridley promised me he’s going to do “Prometheus 2”—so if we’re doing the second one of “Child 44” I would like to have Daniel with me on that, because for me when I’m working it’s so personal, I open up a lot and it takes over my life so the people around me are really important. I need to work with people I know I connect with, and Daniel is one of the best directors I’ve worked with. I think he’s going to be one of the biggest directors in the world.
And how about working with “Animal Rescue” director Michael Roskam?
He’s fantastic, I loved [his previous film] “Bullhead.” I saw it and was blown away and I called my team “I want to work with this guy!” Then I read “Animal Rescue” before he was even on board, and I was meeting with Fox Searchlight, we kept a dialogue going, and then when I heard Roskam was doing it, I wanted to do it. I think he’s very passionate, and intense and very well prepared, he knows what he wants and is very focused, very much an actor’s director.
There’s actually a scene that’s not in the script, I came to him and said I think we need this scene, between me and Matthias, that tells more about the two of them, that they have a history together that you never really saw. We did it, like four takes and when I met them in L.A., they said it’s one of the best scenes, so he’s very open. I definitely think we will work together again.
full interview here
Could you talk about your latest film Child 44 and your collaboration with Tom Hardy?
I love working with him. We know each other. He’s the type of person you meet and feel you could go anywhere with, go into any character in whatever time period. Whether it’s a period film or modern, it doesn’t matter. We have a very intimate relationship which is based on trust. We have a lot of fun together. Even when you have to work with dark matters or heavy ones, we laugh all the time, we have a lot of good times. And he’s a truly incredible actor, and so I’ve been very lucky. There’s also Gary Oldman, one of my heroes, in the film. And Ridley Scott is the producer. It’s a big, epic film, but also a drama based on the characters, an reversed love story between my character and Tom’s.
- Noomi Rapace talks about working with Tom Hardy in Child 44. :)
(Translated from French by me, all errors are thus mine…)
Co-stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace joking around on the set of Animal Rescue last spring. I really like how this photo captures their great mood. Looks like they were have much fun at work that day!
ESQUIRE: Did you know [Tom] before you signed on to two movies with him?
NR: Yeah, I knew him, he’s a friend of mine. […]
NR: […] we’ve been trying to find something to do because I think he’s such an amazing actor and I adore him as a person. Then we both read the script, and it’s amazing. I love it. It’s based on a short novel by Dennis Lehane, who wrote Mystic River.
ESQ: So I’m guessing this is a really light comedy.
NR: It’s a light comedy and my character is a very cute girl-next-door. No, actually it’s a drama, but I was kind of laughing out loud when I was reading the script a couple of times, because I found it funny.
NR: It’s dark, of course. The director is great. He’s this Belgian guy, Michael Roskham, who did Bullhead.
From an interview with Noomi Rapace in TWELV3 (from May - but new to me!), talking about Child 44 & Animal Rescue:
The actress has taken up residence just blocks away as she films Animal Rescue, a Brooklyn-based flick also featuring Tom Hardy in the main role, as well as Belgian-born actor Matthias Schoenaerts, who is waiting at the bar just upstairs. Rapace waxes philosophically on her neighborhood of the moment, her next city, and how she has arrived here.
So tell me a bit about where you’re living these days.
I’ve been staying just near here on N. 10th Street for about five weeks now. I’ve been here since we started filming Animal Rescue. After here, I’m off to London and Stockholm, then to Prague for a few months to start filming my next movie at the beginning of June, Child 44. Ridley Scott is producing it. Daniel Espinosa is directing and Tom Hardy is also starring in this one. So is Gary Oldman, who I have been hoping, wanting, dreaming of working with at some point, so I’m extremely happy for that. It’s a really good script, so it’s going to be awesome if we make it right. It’s based on the book, Child 44, by the author Tom Rob Smith about the Stalin-era Soviet Union.
Let’s backtrack a bit. Tell me about Animal Rescue. Is it based here in Williamsburg?
Well, yes—but in Brooklyn. It’s a Dennis Lehane story, based on a short novel. It’s one of the best scripts I’ve read. We have a Belgian director, Michaël Roskam. Did you ever see Bullhead? He directed it. You should see it; it’s a fantastic movie! It was one of those movies that stayed in me when I saw it—maybe two years ago? From that point on, I wanted to work with him, so when this project came along and I heard that he was doing it and that Tom was doing it, because I know Tom and I’ve been trying to do something [together] for many years, it felt like the perfect project to do. I’ve been here for five, nearly six weeks now. We’re about halfway through. The main character is Bob, played by Tom Hardy. He has his routine; he has the same schedule every day. He did something 10 years ago that changed his life. And now he’s trapped in an emotional limbo reality. He walks home one night at 2 in the morning. He passes a trashcan and he hears a sound that is a puppy that looks like shit. Someone had beaten up the puppy and it’s full of blood and shit and stuff. He picks it up and then he hears a voice asking, “hey, what are you doing in my trash?”—that’s me. He finds a puppy in my trash. We start to get to know each other over this wounded dog. My character, Nada, is a broken soul. My director described her as “an angel with broken wings.”