GoldDerby.com editor Tom O’Neill has recently spoken to Naomi about The Impossible, and here is their interview for you to watch:
Naomi Watts: I’m definitely wearing a wig in Diana film
WHAT do wigs and Naomi Watts have in common?
Quite a lot, actually.
In Australia for Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths campaign, which encourages women to donate their hair to be made into wigs for cancer sufferers, the actress also spilled the beans on her Princess of Wales hairdo in the highly anticipated film Diana.
“I’m definitely wearing a wig” she told news.com.au yesterday
“I actually had four different wigs, and even though the film only covers the last two years of her life she did change her colour quite a bit and even the length and style.
“Real hair wigs are very expensive, it takes a lot to get all the under work right and then you have to set the hair in such a way so that your head is as small as possible.”
Real hair wigs actually cost thousands of dollars and are very difficult to come by, which is why Naomi agreed to sign on for the Beautiful Lengths campaign.
“It just instantly sounded like such a good thing to be part of” she said.
‘I hope they’re ok with it': Naomi Watts on the Prince William and Harry’s reaction to her film about the late Princess Diana
Naomi Watts did her own sleuthing before agreeing to portray Diana in a film about the late Princess of Wales and her bid for happiness with a heart surgeon.
‘I did struggle with the idea of doing it,’ the Oscar-nominated actress confessed. The thought of signing on to star in a movie about a woman who, even 15 years after her tragic death, still polarises and provokes public opinion, made her hesitate.
‘It’s definitely risky. But having said that, it’s a story that had to be told. It’s a piece of history. We do like to look back on big stories, though it’s a little fresher, perhaps, than a film about Henry VIII,’ she said.
Diana, as the picture is called, concerns itself with the two-year, secretive relationship the princess had with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, a man she desperately wanted to marry. It was an affair often conducted with Diana’s butler Paul Burrell (played by Douglas Hodge) acting as go-between.
Here’s another featurette for The Impossible, this one focussing on how it’s a true story:
A new red-band featurette for Movie 43 has just been released, and you can watch it below. As far as I could see there was only one quick shot of Naomi.
Naomi Watts: I’m not so serious
Naomi Watts has joked she’s only picked to play people who are “losing their minds”.
The British-Australian actress is renowned for portraying serious characters. She appears in upcoming drama The Impossible, which tells the story of a family caught in the Tsunami, and also plays Britain’s late Princess Diana in a biopic about the royal’s life.
Sometimes she wonders if it would be fun to branch out into other genres.
“They don’t call me for light-hearted roles, what’s up with that?!” she joked to Australian radio show hosts Kyle and Jackie O.
“They think I’m just a heavy kind of miserable [person]! They think I have to [play] the one that’s losing her mind!”
Naomi shot to fame in 2001 with psychological thriller Mulholland Drive, which also starred Justin Theroux.
Naomi suspects the film is the reason she isn’t considered for funny flicks and, despite the heavy subject matter, concedes she is happy to be chosen for movies with substance.
“I guess from being in Mulholland Drive, it was just a knock on effect from that,” she pondered.
“But those are the kind of films I enjoy; Mulholland Drive is a film that people still speak about ten years later. It’s nice to be in films that stand up like that.”
OSCARS: Behind The Scenes On ‘The Impossible’
When the production team behind Summit’s The Impossible met with 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami survivor Maria Belon at a quiet coffee shop in Barcelona in the spring of 2008, they weren’t certain that she would agree to have her family’s harrowing story told in a feature film. Producer Belen Atienza knew they were in for an emotional afternoon—she was the one who first heard Belon’s story on the radio, a drama so profound that it left Atienza in tears after it concluded. But Atienza, director Juan Antonio Bayona, screenwriter Sergio Sanchez—who have a shorthand from working together on Bayona’s Spanish-language horror hit The Orphanage—gained Belon’s trust in a simple way: They listened.
“We were all really nervous,” Atienza recalls about the initial meeting. “She talked for three and a half hours. It was exhausting for her and for us. We didn’t open our mouths—we were just listening—and she was extremely thorough.”
The resulting film, an almost unbelievable tale of one family’s struggle to reunite amidst a country’s horror and loss, stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, whose performances started some Oscar buzz after the film’s premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September. The Impossible also has the benefit of being cofinanced and distributed by a studio familiar with nurturing films through awards season, Summit Entertainment, which was behind the Oscar-winning film The Hurt Locker in 2008. The Impossible doesn’t open in the United States until December 21, but it has already earned the distinction of having the biggest opening weekend in Spain’s boxoffice history, with $13.3 million on 638 screens.
Q&A with the cast and crew of ‘The Impossible’
THR’s Scott Feinberg moderates a Q&A with the cast and crew of The Impossible. Director Juan Antonio Bayona joins stars Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts and Tom Holland open up about working on the tsunami movie.
For our Italian visitors, here is the trailer for The Impossible for your country. The film will be released in Italian cinemas on January 24th.
Big thanks to Brooke on behalf of Relativity Media for sending us the first still of Naomi in Movie 43 – and in HQ, none-the-less! Naomi is seen in what I think is full-on teacher mode, home-schooling her son in the unique way that her character does.
We also have an official synopsis and social media links.
Warning: This movie is not for the weak-stomached, faint of heart, or easily offended.
In Movie 43, comedy is served steaming hot by director Peter Farrelly of The Farrelly Brothers (Something About Mary, Dumb & Dumber) in one of the most original comedies ever made. Starring Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Bobby Cannavale, Kieran Culkin, Josh Duhamel, Anna Faris, Richard Gere, John Hodgman, Terrence Howard, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Justin Long, Stephen Merchant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Chris Pratt, Liev Schreiber, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts, and Kate Winslet, Movie 43 is jaw-dropping, uproarious, outrageous fun.
Movie 43 hits US screens on January 25th 2013.