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Don’t be fooled by her habit of baring all – the former Bond girl Eva Green is an unexpectedly self-conscious siren. Nisha Lilia Diu meets the star of Tim Burton’s new vampire comedy, Dark Shadows.
By Nisha Lilia Diu
What would you buy Tim Burton for his birthday?
He clearly has all the dark garments and violet-tinted specs a man could need, and the director of Corpse Bride and Edward Scissorhands doesn’t seem the type to make use of a tie.
‘I got him a rainbow beetle,’ says Eva Green, Burton’s leading lady in his new vampire comedy, Dark Shadows. A beetle. Of course.
‘There’s this shop in New York I go to, it has bones and fossils and insects that are like works of art. I have a few on my wall. Some people collect butterflies – I love beetles.’ Did Burton like his beetle? ‘He loved it.’
Eva Green, 31, is a woman of possibly more gothic tastes than her director. It’s as apparent in her acting roles – she’s played several witches, power-hungry princesses and killers of various descriptions – as her dress.
Eva Green sees herself in shamed fashion designer John Galliano – as they both “dress a bit too much”.
The French beauty and Galliano became friendly while she was shooting the advert for the Christian Dior fragrance Midnight Poison.
Eva came to his defence when he was sacked from Dior and his eponymous label last year, after he used racist language during a drunken argument.
The actress described him as “vulnerable” and “shy” at the time – remarks she still stands by.
“Oh, yeah, he is. He’s like a little bird: gentle, fragile,” she told British newspaper The Telegraph, adding about his outlandish dress sense: “Lots of shy people dress a bit too much. It’s just kind of an armour. People say the same thing about me.”
Eva has a signature red carpet look that borders on the theatrical. The stunning star often wears dark gothic designs which are heavily embellished, and her make-up is bold and sexy.
Eva says her dress sense mirrors the audacious ensembles worn by Galliano.
“I recognise myself in [Galliano] sometimes,” she added. “People think I’m so strong, but I’m very shy.”
Eva Green has revealed the inspiration for her eccentric Dark Shadows temptress Angelique Bouchard.
Lara Parker played Angelique on the original Dark Shadowssoap opera, but Green has said that a variety of influences helped her re-create the character for Tim Burton’s film.
“I got inspired by many things, you know? The music of Janis Joplin, Bette Davis in her more bonkers roles. Also, Jack Nicholson sometimes, his great way of being on the edge,” Green said, reports Flicks and Bits.
“It was many things. But also there’s something quite human about her. I think she may be the ‘baddie’ but she’s kind of a damaged character. Damaged by love.”
Green further suggested that she loved playing such an off-kilter character whose motives aren’t entirely clear.
“Angelique is definitely a bit cuckoo. She’s a very big character, she’s mad about Barnabas,” the star explained. “When we first meet her it’s in the 18th century, and she’s a servant working for the Collins family.
“She has this affair with the young master, Barnabas, but he breaks her heart when he rejects her for Josette (Bella Heathcote).
“She’s not very happy. She’s a witch and she takes her revenge by turning him into a vampire and decides to lock him in a coffin for several centuries… as we all do, you know, when we get a bit hurt.”
Green previously said that she relished the chance to work with acclaimed director Burton, who she described as “a filmmaker and a painter that [she] worship[s]“.
Dark Shadows opens on May 11 in the US and the UK.
Shortly after our interview ended, Eva Green returned to her home planet, happy and ridiculously hot.
I love people like Eva Green. I love actors who not only maintain a personal sense of style but who genuinely seem like they are tuned in to a private radio station, listening to music only they can hear. I love them because we often see that individual personality come out in their work in ways that no one could predict. They give performances that are alive in unexpected ways, and the films they are in are much richer for it.
Eva Green made a pretty serious impact on male moviegoers as soon as Bertolucci introduced her in “The Dreamers,” and there is no doubt… she’s a stunning woman. As she’s gotten older, though, what’s become increasingly clear is that she is not really equipped to be part of the machine. She’s been in some big films, sure, but I don’t get the sense that she has handed herself over, heart and soul, desperate to be a movie star.
Instead, she seems to following her own path, project to project, drawn to certain types of characters. Films like “Womb” and “Perfect Sense” aren’t designed to make her a superstar. Instead, these are movies actors do because they’re compelled by the material, because they like what the film has to say, or because of a filmmaker they trust.
When Green does show up in big films, she’s memorable. I think it was essential for whoever played Vesper Lynd in “Casino Royale” to cast a big shadow even after she’s gone, a presence that would haunt Bond as he moves forward in the series. That’s Green in a nutshell. Say what you will about her, but “forgettable” is not a description people use about her.
In “Dark Shadows,” she plays Angelique Bouchard, the witch whose spurned passions kick off the entire thing, and she was in rare form when we sat down to discuss the movie at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills.
The former Bond Girl – who plays a witch in Tim Burton’s vampire movie Dark Shadows – stayed with the gothic theme at the LA premiere, with pasty white make-up, black eyes and a long, figure-hugging Tom Ford gown.
Earlier old pals Johnny and Tim joked about a high-voltage sex scene between actor’s blood-sucking oddball and Eva’s spellbinding witch.
Tim said: “We’ve seen enough phony sex scenes that we thought we should make it real for a change.
“It’s expensive sex with a lot of trashing of rooms … It’s fun though.”
Johnny added: “You read it on the page, and it reads a certain way, and you see Eva Green, who is one of the most stunning and brilliant women on the planet, and then suddenly, you’re being strapped together by wires and you know, straps and things like that and then hurled across the room and then bashed into a wall.
300 star Rodrigo Santoro has clarified details about Battle of Artemisia, the much-anticipated follow-up to the original Spartan vs. Persian battle movie 300, which shot actor Gerard Butler to fame in 2006.
Rodrigo, who will be once more playing the role of Persian King Xerxes, confirmed that the movie is due to be shot this summer, and depict ancient historical events that took place alongside the storyline of its predecessor.
The actor told Collider: “I think they’re calling it a spin-off because it’s not exactly a prequel, it’s not a sequel. It takes place in the same time, you start a little earlier but then you see that it’s like a different point of view, a different camera, a different angle.
“While that battle was happening, the one that you saw in 300, there was another battle happening next to it and you will have a chance to see all of that happening and how they interact. I don’t want to ruin it.”
Rodrigo went on to reveal that this film will focus much more on his character’s childhood and how he became the Persian King: “I think they will try to do a little backstory on Xerxes and they will explain how he became ‘the God King’, which I’m excited about.”
He added: “I don’t know what it’s going to be. I’ve never played a character twice. It’s interesting. I think the challenging thing for me now will be to try to bring something new for the fans, for the audience and for myself just to make it interesting to play it again.”
The film is to be directed by Noam Murro, and it has already been revealed that Casino Royale actress Eva Green and Sullivan Stapleton will be starring alongside Rodrigo in the Frank Miller graphic novel adaptation.
LOS ANGELES – “I think Johnny Depp is extremely sexy, especially with his long fingers (which) can do many things,” said Eva Green – eyes afire with mirth and naughtiness – about her “Dark Shadows” co-star in a recent interview.
Goaded to elaborate on “many things,” the actress purred, and said in French-accented English said: “Sshhh … I won’t tell you.” Eva, who plays a witch in “Dark Shadows,” arrived dressed in character.
“Oohhh,” said Eva when asked about her sex scene with Johnny. Eva and Johnny – who plays a vampire named Barnabas – fly around the room making passionate love – and wreck the place!
Eva laughed and said: “What’s great is that it’s not like the usual sex scene where you go, ‘Oh my God …’ You don’t sleep the night before and you have 20 people in the room. You feel extremely self-conscious and it’s never sexy. This one was just fun. For me, it was like Ken and Barbie having sex—puppet lovemaking. It was very funny. It was hard to keep a straight face.”
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