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Our friend Thomas Perillon of Le Bleu du Miroir recently got to interview The Salvation’s director Kristian Levring and its main protagonist and Eva Green co-star Mads Mikkelsen in Paris. Here are what they have said about Eva and her participation in the film:

THOMAS PERILLON: Mads Mikkelsen was an obvious choice for the main part. What about Eva Green who probably has the most complex and enigmatic part of the movie ?


KRISTIAN LEVRING: Actually, I met Eva pretty quickly after Mads confirmed us his will to do it. I needed an actress with the necessary strength for the part, to play this mute character on screen. I had the feeling that Eva would be interesting in that way. When I met her, we started to talk about the part, she was very intrigued but a bit uncomfortable. For an actor, dialogues are very important. But she made her decision during this first meeting because she really wanted to accept that challenge. Working with Eva was very easy. She understood immediately what I was expecting from her to play Madelaine, how to communicate only with her eyes and body-posture. 

THOMAS PERILLON: What you did in The Salvation with this character Avenger driven by Mads Mikkelsen or mute Widow played by Eva Green…

Exactly. When we wrote the film, we have severely limited the dialogues. Sometimes a character had long dialogues but it was not true to the spirit of the Western. We had to shorten to go to the essentials. So we are left with very little dialogue – especially compared to what I used to do. It also was a challenge that was interesting to meet: Bringing more things with the fewest possible words. Suggest rather than show.

THOMAS PERILLON: What made you think about Madelaine’s character, played by Eva Green?

KRISTIAN LEVRING: Her character was made after a classic western, The Searchers by John Ford. In his 50s movie, John Wayne goes looking for a woman who got kidnapped by the Indians. I love this movie, it’s a masterpiece. Madelaine’s story is mainly inspired by this character.

Read the rest of Thomas’ interview with Kristian Levring HERE.

THOMAS PERILLON: This is the second time you co-star with Eva Green and still no word exchanged on the screen. It’s a funny coincidence, right?

MADS MIKKELSEN: That’s right, this is not the first time we made ​​this remark … In the film we had shot before, we had not hardly spoken to (Mads Mikkelsen and Eva Green does not communicate in their common sequences of Casino Royale , ed.) And in this one … I do not say a word either! You could say that we had an almost brotherly relationship. But Eva is a beautiful woman and a fantastic actress with whom I enjoyed reworking.

Read the rest of Thomas’ interview with Mads Mikkelsen HERE.

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