Joaquin Phoenix and Vanessa Kirby’s improvised pact in ‘Napoleon’: “You can slap me, push me or kiss me”

Among the most anticipated films at the end of the year, Napoleon tops the wish list of most viewers. Ridley Scott’s film promises to offer us a new interpretative facet of Joaquin Phoenixthe man of a thousand faces who now plays the French soldier, politician and main instigator behind some of the war campaigns most recognizable in the history of humanity.

Phoenix is ​​not alone in this role. The American actor is accompanied by a luxury cast led by actors such as Rupert Everett, Ludivine Sagnier and Mark Bonnar, and especially the Oscar nominee Vanessa Kirby, who plays his first wife, Josephine de Beauharnais. With the latter he would even reach a pact of aggression that has baffled the public, in a true exercise of introduction to the characters.

The agreement between Joaquin Phoenix and Vanessa Kirby

“She told me, ‘Look, whatever you feel, you can do.’ And I said, ‘I say the same thing.’ She said, ‘You can slap me, you can grab me, you can push me, you can kiss me.’ Whatever it is”Phoenix has confessed to empire.

“We agreed that we were going to surprise each other and try to create moments that didn’t exist, because we both we wanted to avoid the period drama cliché. And by this I mean moments that are well orchestrated and designed,” adds the Oscar-winning actor.

This pact would materialize in the divorce scene of Napoleon and Josephine in the church, where they used the real words that both historical figures crossed. A way to avoid reading verbatim the files that reach our days and “surprise each other” by going together to “the darkest places”“. However, and despite this treatment, both decided “not to get to the bottom of the matter”, although they did constantly challenge each other on the filming set.

What will Ridley Scott’s ‘Napoléon’ be about?

He reunion of the director of Gladiator with the interpreter of Commodus23 years after his swords and sandals blockbuster, is one of the talk of Hollywood in 2023. Let’s add to this the mythology associated with Stanley Kubrick’s unfinished project about the same character, and we will have a film that will give a lot to talk about.

The movie will be a biopic of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), the Corsican soldier who became one of the most important names in European history after taking power in France (first, as consul for life, and then as emperor). Their bloody campaigns of conquest, which gave rise to the Napoleonic wars, They have given him the reputation both as a strategic genius and a disseminator of enlightened ideas and as an unscrupulous tyrant. The film lands on Spanish cinemas on November 24.

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