By Mike Flaherty
For a top screenwriter, a love of the lurid fiction of Victorian England led to Showtime’s Penny Dreadful.
John Logan’s career as a playwright and screenwriter – alonq with a Tony Award and three Oscar nominations – is the stuff that MFA dreams are made of.
Yet, he admits, that didn’t — couldn’t — quite prepare him for his current gig, the singularly demanding job of series showrunner.
In Dublin, Ireland, he’s in the thick of shooting season two of Showtime’s period horror drama, Penny Dreadful, which he created and also executive-produces. “It’s like a three-ring circus — hopefully in a productive way,” he says of life on the soundstages.
“The learning curve is huge,” he continues. “I was unprepared for the temporal challenges that thrust themselves upon you when you’re filming one episode, editing another from three months ago — and prepping something that’s going to be shot in two weeks. It requires such mental agility to put those different hats on and take them off as you walk from building to building.”
Penny Dreadful‘s 10-episode second season, which premieres May 3 and which Logan wrote after squeezing in the screenplay for the next Bond film, (Spectre), has two more episodes than the first.
As his expansive resume attests (an Emmy nomination for his script for the HBO telepic RKO 281 and film scripts including Skyfall, Gladiator, The Aviator, Sweeney Todd:The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Hugo), putting words on the page has never been a challenge
“If I [were to] ever write a novel, this is it,” he says, aptly enough, as the title of his current project alludes to the melodramatic pulp novels-by-installment that were popular in Victorian England, which is also the show’s setting.
“The form of those novels — the way they were written and marketed and consumed — has resonance for me.”
Eva, as an actress, is unafraid of all risks, and must be fun to share scenes with. What’s the dynamic like when you work with her?
Well, Eva’s, she’s very practiced. She comes with a plan, and she does what she wants to do. I’m much more the opposite. I am the opposite. I take a lot of time trying to figure out what I think the character would be going through, and then I throw it out immediately as soon as we start filming. And so I want to experiment. But she has these specific things that she wants to do. So coming at it from these opposite approaches has yielded some pretty interesting scenes, I think. She probably hates it [laughs] because I’m throwing things at her all the time that she didn’t expect.
Read Josh Hartnett’s full interview HERE.
How’s the experience of working with people such as Eva Green and Josh Hartnett on-set?
Eva and Josh were both a joy to work with and we have some pretty intense stuff to do but thankfully we also managed to have a fair few laughs.
Read the rest of Stephen Lord’s interview HERE.
Congratulations to Eva for her well-deserved Best Actress in a Drama Series nomination for Penny Dreadful at the 5th Annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards!!!
Eva will be competing against Keri Russell (The Americans), Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) and Taraji P. Henson (Empire). The award ceremony with be televised LIVE on the A&E channel on May 31 at 8pm (US Eastern Time) or 5pm (US Pacific Time).
“I love extremes”
Fatale in Sin City, possessed in Penny Dreadful, the actress with 50 shades of dark is now shooting the new Tim Burton film. Today, the bewitched muse of L’Oréal Professionnel dreams of comedy.
Daughter of a cinema icon of the 70’s – paragon of the sexy and cheeky French – and of a Swedish dentist, Eva Green resembles nobody else, even if she comes with a twin sister the story reveals nothing about but the name.
The chosen one, it’s her. Eva Green. Even if it may sound like a pseudonym, it isn’t one. Eva, Ève, biblical name of legendary echo and cinematographic reminiscence – Losey, Mankiewicz. Green : the green of her eyes? They’re blue, huge and particularly expressive. Back in the days of mute cinema, she would have made acarnage. Although it would have been a shame, her low voice is a treasure.
HD screencaps of Eva in episode 2.01 of Penny Dreadful entitled ‘Fresh Hell’ have been added to the gallery. Enjoy the new additions!
2.01 Fresh Hell
“I’m almost invisible. Black leggings, black t-shirt. I don’t really take time to dress in the morning. I don’t look in the mirror. I should probably wear a few dresses….I should make more efforts, in fact. I don’t make enough efforts.”
Français / Anglais
“I’d love to shoot a french movie. I need a french project that really pleases me. Maybe to have more freedom, as french is my native language. I always liked english. I could have been an english teacher…I dont know…but it’s really a second language for me.”
“My lack of confidence is disastrous. I still don’t know what I’m missing. It’s an inner thing I can’t untie, and being successful doesn’t change anything to it. This job is a constant questioning. I can put on a strong face, but I don’t get used to it… On the other hand, I know that being an actress doesn’t solve everything. We live intensely, but it’s not enough. I don’t want to wake up at age 50 telling myself that I’ve done nothing but films.” – Eva Green