Variety’s Actors on Actors: Amanda Seyfried & Vanessa Kirby

Variety – Amanda Seyfried (“Mank”) and Vanessa Kirby (“Pieces of a Woman”) sat down for a virtual chat for Variety‘s Actors on Actors, presented by Amazon Studios.

Vanessa Kirby: So did you do loads of Marion Davies research? Did you watch all her stuff? Because it’s weird playing a real person, isn’t it?

Amanda Seyfried: You had incredible scripts, working in “The Crown” — I can’t imagine playing that role. The writing was incredible, and I had the same quality of writing in this. I’m getting a lot from the writing, of course, and that’s where you start. Then I just had to watch a lot of her movies, to feel her — to feel like I’m in the room with her a little more. There was an autobiography that is hilarious, taken from memories. She had been interviewed much later in life, about a decade before she died, and it was just her recalling her life, which is amazing. She clearly had a good time.

You collect all these things, as much as you can find. And then you’re like, “Let’s pull the essence out of it.”

How much time did you have with all these scenes?

Kirby: For example, with the birth, we knew that we only had two days to maybe try and remotely even get it right. And we knew we all wanted to do one continuous take.

Seyfried: You had two days to shoot a 30-minute continuous take of a birth, which felt the realest I’ve ever seen? I feel like I’ve given birth in a couple movies — it is impossible to make that feel real, look real, anything. It’s so hard to do, and you nailed it. How? I want to know how.

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“Things Heard & Seen” Entertainment Weekly Preview

The latest Entertainment Weekly offers us a first look at Amanda Seyfried’s “Things Heards and Seen”, which hits Netflix April 30. According to the newspaper, and despite reports to the contrary, the “forthcoming is not a horror film”.

Instead, writer-directors Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman (American Splendor) want to emphasize that the Netflix offering is a supernatural thriller, where the real horror of the story lies in a marriage.

High-quality production stills have been added to our gallery.

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Amanda Seyfried photographed for the LA Times

LA Times – How excited was Amanda Seyfried at the prospect of starring in a David Fincher film? “I would have played a piece of wood,” she says with a laugh. Luckily for all involved, the role as silver screen star Marion Davies for Fincher’s Netflix release “Mank” was nowhere near as stiff. In fact, Seyfried delivers a scene-stealing performance, one that neither of the two initially took for granted would happen for the story of “Citizen Kane” screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and his friendship with the actress and companion to media mogul William Randolph Hearst.

[…] Her character was a rare historical figure for Seyfried to portray. Over two decades, Davies starred in over 40 features spanning both the silent and talkie eras. Many of those films were financed by Hearst (portrayed by Charles Dance). To the general public, she was his mistress but, in private, their relationship was much more complicated.

[…] “I think Marion’s so smart and she knows how to play certain situations in order to get the most out of it,” Seyfried says. “She’s not someone who wants to create drama at all. She just wants everybody to enjoy themselves. But you have to be kind of smart in certain ways to know how to manipulate and negotiate your way through these big conversations that these big industry men are having. She knows how to survive and make the best of it.

Despite Davies’ catalog of motion pictures, researching how the actress behaved and sounded off screen was thorny. There were some audio recordings and an autobiography (Seyfried refers to it as “a bizarre read”), but it was films like 1936’s “Cain and Mabel” that gifted her with insight into Davies’ mannerisms. Seyfried notes, “Something that lived with me was just the way she listened and the way she would move her neck and her jaw. It was just very physical.

As the daughter of a father who still collects 16- and 35-mm film prints, Seyfried grew up with an education in classic Hollywood pictures of Davies’ particular era. Knowing the tone and the feel of the time wasn’t the issue. Finding the subtle “Brooklynese” that Fincher wanted in her voice was the trickier part.

I was like, ‘Can I do that? Is that how it’s going to be? Because I don’t know if I can,’ ” Seyfried says, noting the lack of reference material to her off-screen speaking voice. “She had a stutter in real life. We didn’t even go there in the film.

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“Mank” Blu-Ray Screen Captures

The high-anticipated “Mank,” directed by the brilliant David Fincher, hit Netflix last Friday (December 4). I have since then been able to add over 980 high-quality screen captures of Amanda portraying Marion Davies to our gallery. She has been praised by critics for her nuanced portrayal – so I encourage you all to see the film if you can!

1930’s Hollywood is reevaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane.

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