The Northman is the film that brings together again Anya Taylor-Joy with director Robert Eggers, after The witch (2015). And what a way to collaborate together again! The goal now was to build a film of epic dimensions, where a Viking prince sets out to avenge the death of his father in tenth century Iceland: a wild, frozen and inhospitable environment.
Being faithful to such scenarios posed a huge challenge for the talent and the production team. However, for Taylor-Joy specifically, it was apparently like spending a nice day at the beach.
In a recent interview with fashionAnya Taylor-Joy talked about how her experience playing a character in The Northman who is chained, enslaved, drenched and exposed to the elements wearing nothing but rags. The Emmy nominee stars as Olga of Birch Forest, who crosses paths with Prince Amleth (Alexander Skarsgård) while lying on her own quest for revenge.
During that talk, the interviewer commented to the actress that just seeing her scenes in the upcoming film made her feel chilled to the bone. “Well! Because I was and if it didn’t look freezing, I would have been angry.”Taylor-Joy replied.
On the other hand, it is not that he had a bad time throughout the filming (happened between August and December 2020). The young actor was “ecstatic” to be reunited with her “original film family,” which she produced The witch five years before. And as a result, she couldn’t care less about being barefoot, stuck in mud, or submerged in icy water. She even she enjoyed it.
“I looked insane. So maddeningly cheerful. The stuntmen were like, ‘Can we get out of the water now?’ And I was like, ‘This is amazing! Nature! We are outside! We can make art!’” Taylor-Joy declared.
His costar from The Northman, Alexander Skarsgard, certainly didn’t exhibit that same enthusiasm on set. Last month, the Swedish actor spoke about the hardships suffered not so much by the extreme conditions of the location, but by the director’s perfectionism. It wasn’t that Skarsgård complained or that he didn’t recognize ‘the pleasures of pain’, in his own words. Except that Robert Eggers’ long takes required strict synchronization between the camera, the actors, and the hundreds of extras. And the key was always repetition, until reaching the timing Right.
“I have never been more tired than after those six months,” said the actor (via). “You are so tired that you want to cry. You feel like you finally got all the fight choreography done, but then you have to go over and over and over again. There’s always something in the background that wasn’t quite right. The other side of the coin is that when you finally get it, it feels like winning gold at the Olympics.”
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The Northman —north man in Latin America—will hit theaters on April 22, 2022. Its star cast is complemented by Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke, Björk and Willem Dafoe, among others.
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