Ridley Scott is one of the most acclaimed and recognized names in the film industry, especially for being the father of one of the Horror / Science Fiction classics that marked a before and after in terms of monstrous creatures thanks to his collaboration with artist HR Giger to perform Alien – The Eighth Passenger – 97%. What differentiates this filmmaker from the rest is precisely that each of his films is completely different from the others.
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Just as it can pose a spatial context where there is no escape from horror, it can also bring action-packed scenes like Gladiator – 76% or narrate dramas in the style of All the Money in the World – 63%. With Scott, the audience is sure to feel like repeating a formula, but in his own words, at 83 years old he is still hungry to explore other genres. Last Friday, during the press conference for The Last Duel – 69% at the Venice Film Festival, the filmmaker spoke about his ambitions (via Collider).
The director was serious and sincere in acknowledging his love for musicals like All That Jazz – 88% or Chicago – 86%, both their favorite titles, and emphasized the stars of the day who displayed impressive ability to dance, current and sing. According to his words, he has never experienced anything close to that genre or even the western, so he is willing to do so very soon.
I tend to look for stuff that I haven’t done before. I am constantly looking for something that is fresh and different. I have never done a musical. I’ve never done a western. So I’m looking for it now. […] Gene Kelly was an athlete. So was Fred Astaire. When you see those guys do it [parece que nadie] more is so good. Until [que ves] Cabaret and All That Jazz.
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While many took his comment as a joke, the protagonist of The last duel, Jodie Comer, did not hesitate to raise her hand to offer herself as part of the project, assuring that she really wants to be part of a musical if he proposes it. Ben Affleck, actor and screenwriter of the film, stated that when Scott sets out to do something, no matter how far-fetched it may seem, he is serious and struggles to achieve it.
You see? Ridley can do everything, so you can’t even joke around with him. He says, ‘yeah, I’ll do a musical!’ [y lo hace].
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At least when you make the official announcement of your next project and it turns out to be a story full of songs or cowboys (or both), it will no longer be such a surprise and they will be part of the director’s extensive repertoire. For now, The last duel It is a historical drama that tells the story of a woman who denounces her husband’s best friend for abusing her, this at a time when women are not taken into account; and after a long trial the husband challenges the abuser to a duel to the death. This film will officially hit theaters on October 15.