Interview about A Private War : “I took her into my body” says Rosamund Pike.

Interview about A Private War : “I took her into my body” says Rosamund Pike.

Rosamund Pike wanted to play war correspondent Marie Colvin as soon as she learned of the project. And she made sure director Matt Heineman knew that. “I had passion and conviction and I wanted him to hear it,”

While prepping to shoot the Civil War-era “Hostiles,” Rosamund Pike heard that award-winning documentary filmmaker Matthew Heineman was taking on a biopic of American war correspondent Marie Colvin. The project, based on the Vanity Fair article “Marie Colvin’s Private War,” struck Pike immediately.

“All I was thinking was, ‘How can I meet Matt Heineman?’ ” the actress says. “And it was another eight months until I met him.”

The pair finally connected at a screening of Heineman’s documentary “City of Ghosts” in Los Angeles and discussed the potential film over breakfast the next day. Pike was adamant that she should portray Colvin, who died while reporting from Syria in 2012.

“People say, ‘Oh, did you fight for this role?’ and I suppose I did,” the English actress recounts in a suite at the Corinthia Hotel in London. “But I didn’t fight with anybody else. I have no idea if anybody else wanted it or anybody else met on it. I just fought in terms of the fact that I had passion and conviction and I wanted him to hear it.”

“A Private War” opens Nov. 16 and stars Pike as Colvin and Jamie Dornan as photographer Paul Conroy. It is told both through Colvin’s experiences in the field — in war zones in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan — and back home in London, where she worked for the Sunday Times. It’s Heineman’s first feature film, and in many ways he treated it like a documentary. It was that aspect that initially drew Pike in, as well as her immediate love for Colvin.

“When Matt came on I thought, ‘Oh gosh, this is going to penetrate into the soul of this person,’ ” because that’s what he does with his docs. He makes us surprised. He lingers on people. He’s never afraid of an uncomfortable silence. And he’ll let you see. I thought, ‘Well, of course, he’d rather be making a documentary about Marie.’ He would have adored her.” She pauses. “I suppose, in some ways, my performance is an apology for not being her. It’s an apology for it not being a documentary.”

“I think Ros kind of cast herself. I really wanted someone who was going to get their hands dirty, who was going to dig into this role and research it in the same way that I wanted to dig in and research it. I feel like she went after this role as if — I almost felt like it was Marie going after an article.” Heineman says.

Pike dove into the research headfirst, reading everything she could by and about Colvin, and watching and rewatching hours of footage. She didn’t have access to Colvin’s diaries but spoke with many of her friends and family members. She committed early on to losing all vanity, taking on a gruff American accent, donning three different wigs and Colvin’s signature eye patch, which the reporter wore after being injured during the Sri Lankan civil war.

“It’s a process of becoming. I took her into my body. There was a way I stood. I think if I start doing her voice, everything comes together now.”

Heineman’s documentary background came into play several times during filming. Instead of casting extras to fill out the scenes in Iraq and Syria, the director found refugees in Jordan from those places and put them into the film. Their reactions, at various points, are real, and some of the most memorable lines were not scripted. This meant that Pike could simply walk onto the set as Colvin and explore. In one scene, Pike had to interview Syrian women trapped in a basement during the bombardment of Homs.

“Matt said, ‘You can talk to whoever you want, but the camera will be with you and you’ll have a translator,’ ” Pike says. “That’s what we filmed. Pretty amazing things came from it, but troubling. I talk about it with you and I can feel it in my gut again. It leaves an impact. The exciting thing about being an actor is you never know where an emotion will take you. It’s exciting and scary, in equal measure. It’s always a leap of faith. The second woman I interview in the [scene] said to me as Marie, ‘I don’t want this to just be words on paper. I want the world to know my story.’ She wasn’t asked to say that. That was her treating me like I was a journalist.”

Pike feels a kinship with Marie, someone who saw the darkness and still remembered the light.

“I’ve understood war in a profoundly different way than I’ve ever understood it before,” the actress says. “Modern warfare is a very, very scary place to be. There are images I’ve now seen I will never, ever forget. That I will never be able to un-see. That’s a tiny fraction of what Marie would have been exposed to. But Marie was amazing. She was such a romantic, she was such an optimist. She saw all that and she remained such an optimist, in such a lovely way.”


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OffCamera Magazine: Rosamund Pike in Amazing Interview with Sam Jones.

OffCamera Magazine: Rosamund Pike in Amazing Interview with Sam Jones.

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Question: Hi Rosamund.

Answer: Hi Sam.

Q: Thank you for doing this.

A: You are welcome.

Q: I saw A Private War just the other day, and this film blew me away, and I also think it lives up to the experience of what it is like to be a journalist— the caustic whit and the laissez-faire attitude towards certain grooming habits [laughs]. Things like that. I was curious if you hung around a lot of journalists in the lead-up to doing this film?

A: Actually, there’s this amazing bar in London called The Frontline Club, which is where a lot of the war correspondents and journalists hang out. That’s where I first met Paul Conroy, who was the photographer with Marie Colvin when she died. So, I met Paul there, and it was this wonderful evening. It was drinking whiskey. It was sharing stories. It was him giving me the Marie that he knew, which included footage. He had his laptop there, and he showed me a video of the first night they ever met. In the video, she was doing this riff on the fact that she walked into the visa office and all the foreign correspondents were dutifully waiting in line to get their visa to cross the border into Iraq. And she just couldn’t believe that everyone was just following protocol like that. She was like, “What has happened to my generation of war correspondents? What are they doing?” She was like, “My god, don’t drink the tea.”

Q: [Laughs] When you’re in that type of situation, are you just a sponge? Or are you just trying to live it? Or maybe you have your student hat on?

A: Well, I had a read-through of another film the next morning, and I was like, “Oh, I’m so torn. Do I go home and get a good night’s sleep, so I’m ready and fresh for this job, because I’m meeting everyone for the first time? But then, maybe, I’m never going to meet Paul again. Maybe, this is my one chance to kind of have a few whiskeys with him and talk like this. You know, maybe I’m never going to get to see this footage again.” So, I stayed. I was like, “Come on, I’m going to play Marie Colvin by the end of the year. This is the only way.” And you are soaking it up, because the whole process is you don’t know if you’re going to get the trust with that person. You don’t know if you’re going to meet them again. This could be your only opportunity. I think that’s what Marie felt at all times, so you extract the most. You seize every moment, and as I’m always reminding myself, you don’t look back on your life and remember the nights that you got a lot of sleep.

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Interview: Rosamund Pike Shrunk After Portraying War Journalist Marie Colvin.

Interview: Rosamund Pike Shrunk After Portraying War Journalist Marie Colvin.

A little interview in People Magazine South African today (Nov. 4)

Rosamund Pike shrunk in height while playing late combat journalist Marie Colvin in A Private War. The Gone Girl actress wanted to capture the war reporter’s tense physical appearance for the film and to do so she would often slouch over and hunch her shoulders on set.

“When I first got into studying Marie, I watched footage of her online, there’s something so compelling and just charismatic about her. I thought, ‘OK, I don’t want to transmit this through me, I want to get this odd physicality that she had.’ She’s someone whose career and life in the field wore heavy on her…”

However, Rosamund’s acting method left her with some physical effects.

“I wanted to take her on in my whole body, which is changing the way I walk and actually kind of carry that tension that she carried with her,” she explained. “I actually shrunk a centimeter-and-a-half playing her because I was so determined to hold my shoulders (like she did). I went for a medical for my next job and they measured me… (and I had shrunk). So I thought it was kind of cool that someone could live in your body and actually affect you permanently.”

Colvin covered conflicts all over the world, including in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, and Libya, and was forced to wear an eye patch after she lost her left eye to shrapnel in Sri Lanka. She was killed in Syria in February, 2012 after illegally crossing into the country on the back of a motorbike to cover the Syrian civil war.

A Private War: Rosamund Pike Wondered if She Was Actually A Bad Person During Filming.

A Private War: Rosamund Pike Wondered if She Was Actually A Bad Person During Filming.

It’s been four years since Rosamund Pike‘s astounding performance in the Gone Girl and we’re still far from over it. The actress played the intensely dark character Amy Dunne so believably that she started to look inward and question her own morals. In her words:

“Come on, you’re playing a sociopath in a convincing way for a number of months. You think that doesn’t fuck with your brain? You’re like ‘Is this because I’m a terrible person? Can I pull this off because I am awful?’ Of course, it crosses your mind.”

Looks like while Gone Girl was playing with our minds, it also did quite the number on Rosamund Pike too. In an interview with The Off-Camera Show, Pike explained how as an actor it’s a combination of pretending and convincing yourself your role is real. So she naturally wrestled with just how she was able to tap into such a maddening character so well. The experience was an unsettling one for not only that reason, but also because of the crazy preparation she did to get into character.

To get ready for her body slashing scene, Rosamund Pike visited a butcher and practiced with her box cutter on some unlucky pig carcasses with incredible intensity, just as incoming customers walked in on the scene. The actress also recruited a Dora the Explorer doll to pose as Neil Patrick Harris’ character, to practice how she would murder him in the film placing the poor stuffed doll on a six foot stake as a stand in before filming the disturbing sequence. The measures the actress may seem a bit extreme, but it was necessary for Pike to pull off her most memorable performance.

Diving into deep research for a role wasn’t isolated to Gone Girl either, the actress also put a quite a bit of effort into getting into character for one of her more tacky films, Doom. Rosamund Pike revealed that since her character Samantha Grimm had to dissect monsters for a living, she went ahead and joined a human dissection class.

Rosamund Pike’s attention to detail with her roles puts her as quite an overachiever among actors, as it seems she has taken a hands on approach to getting into character since the dawn of her career. She does pretend to be other people for a living though, so why not get a little in their shoes in preparation?

Rosamund Pike is playing another intense role in the upcoming release of A Private War in which she plays American war correspondent Marie Colvin who was often at the frontlines at global conflicts in the Middle East. Jamie Dornan joins her as British photo journalist Paul Conroy in the dramatic true story about the taxing life of journalists who cover war.

A Private War comes to theaters on November 16.

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Rosamund Pike Join Voice Cast of “Watership Down”

Rosamund Pike Join Voice Cast of “Watership Down”

Rosamund Pike with Peter Capaldi, Gemma Chan and Taron Egerton have joined the voice cast of the BBC and Netflix’s adaptation of “Watership Down”.

Watership Down: Set in the idyllic rural landscape of southern England, this tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of rabbits on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stout-hearted pair of brothers, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, towards a promised land and a more perfect society.

Indiewire [website] commented about like “deeply disturbing tale of dead bunnies masquerading as a children’s story”

Pike will play The Black Rabbit Of Inlé.

“Watership Down” novel airs this Christmas on BBC One as two feature-length episodes before making its way to Netflix in all other territories.

WATCH Full Episode: Rosamund Pike at The Late Late Show with James Corden.

WATCH Full Episode: Rosamund Pike at The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Last Wednesday (Oct. 24) Rosamund Pike was the guest on the show ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’ alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Watch the full episode below.

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“We need voices” Rosamund Pike talks about Marie Colvin and journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“We need voices” Rosamund Pike talks about Marie Colvin and journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Rosamund Pike has said the death of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate has made it clear how endangered reporters are. It has been claimed on Saudi state television that the Washington Post columnist died after a fight broke out, but the explanation has been met with widespread scepticism.

Pike, who plays war correspondent Marie Colvin in a new film about her life and eventual death while reporting in Syria in 2012, said it makes clear the threat journalists are under.

Arriving at the premiere of A Private War at the BFI London Film Festival, she told the Press Association:

“I think it takes a story like Jamal Khashoggi for people to really bring home the risks that journalists take by being true to themselves and speaking their truth. Truth is under fire, we know that. In Syria where Marie covered, Russian trolls are besmirching the reputation of the White Helmets, the people who are doing the utmost good in a war-torn country and if you happen to read the wrong piece of news you will read reports taking that image away. We need voices, Marie was always the one who could cut through and could always puncture my bubble, I know that. I’m very proud to bring her story to the big screen.”

Pike said she was particularly pleased to be premiering the film on the same day hundreds of thousands of anti-Brexit campaigners marched through central London.

“I thought if Marie could have orchestrated a film of her life and chosen a day for it be released into the city where she lived and worked, I think to have a political, impassioned march happening on the same day, I think she would have loved it. 600,000 people were out on the streets today, that is just the kind of standing up for what you believe that is how Marie lived, that was her mantra.”

Pike also spoke about the huge amount of responsibility she felt playing someone who was killed so recently.

“I’ve never felt more pressure than taking on this role, I think because she passed away six years ago, that is very very recent history for those who knew and loved her and I am fully aware that my opportunity to conjure her as best as I can comes as a direct result of other people’s loss. I think in a way my performance is an apology for not being her because I think Matthew Heineman, our director who is a documentary maker thus far, probably would have loved to have made a documentary about Marie. I think she was someone people really felt passionately about and anyone who knew her, there was no-one who was indifferent, so I felt a tremendous duty I think to not make her mine in any way, but to deliver something that was as close to Marie as I could muster.”


A Private War: Rosamund Pike and Matthew Heineman join ‘The Washington Post’ for screening and Q&A.

A Private War: Rosamund Pike and Matthew Heineman join ‘The Washington Post’ for screening and Q&A.

The Washington Post will host an advance screening of the film, “A Private War,” followed by a discussion with lead actress, Rosamund Pike, and the film’s director, Matthew Heineman.

The discussion will focus on the making of the film and the dangers journalists continue to face around the world.

“A Private War” will be released wide on November 16.

The post-screening discussion will be streamed live on The Post’s site . Video of the discussion will be available online after.

Event Details:

Date: October 29
Local: Washington, D.C.
Reception: 5:30 – 6:00 PM
Screening: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Discussion: 8:00 – 8:20 PM

Rosamund Pike Share She Felt ‘Inspired’ by A Private War.

Rosamund Pike Share She Felt ‘Inspired’ by A Private War.

Rosamund Pike was eager to star in ‘A Private War‘ because she thinks the real-life story is “inspiring”.

The 39-year-old actress plays the role of war correspondent Marie Colvin in the Matthew Heineman-directed drama, and Rosamund has revealed what attracted her to the project.

At the Deadline’s The Contenders London 2018 (Oct. 13) she shared:

“I think it’s a combination of things. Marie was a woman who I greatly admired, but I also thought it would be a story that other people, if they didn’t know her already, would find inspiring. Precisely because there’s the trope of the fearless war reporter, but here [in this story] is someone who is not fearless, who has tremendous fear, but also has tremendous belief and goes through that fear in the name of the cause she believes in.”

Rosamund – who previously starred in ‘Gone Girl’ – also revealed she was excited by the prospect of working with Matthew.

Speaking to Deadline, the actress explained:

“When I heard that Matthew Heineman was going to direct it, I thought, ‘Well, this seems perfect,’ because I’m sure he’s someone who would have made a documentary about Marie had she lived, and I thought, ‘He’s going to be fearless. Or at least he is going to be ruthless in his examination of the subject matter. He’s not going to shirk from a very real portrait of both Marie and Paul [Conroy, a photographer] and the war zones that they were covering.'”

The Graham Norton Show: Full Episode with Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan and more guests.

The Graham Norton Show: Full Episode with Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan and more guests.

Air Date: Oct. 12, 2018


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