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British actor Jude Law (here present at the Cannes Film Festival this Monday, May 22 for the film “The Queen’s Game”) revealed that he perfumed himself with fetid odors to stick more to the skin of his character, the monarch Henry VIII.
CINEMA – When changing physical appearances for a role is no longer enough. At the film’s press conference The Queen’s Game directed by Karim Aïnouz and presented at the Cannes Film Festival this Monday, May 22, actor Jude Law, who plays Henry VIII in this feature film, said he immersed himself in the role in a funny way.
He simply embalmed himself with nauseating odors to stick to the character of the time. “ I thought it would be even more impactful in the game, if I smelled really bad” explains the actor. This olfactory cocktail was definitely created by a perfumer.
In addition to a poor lifestyle, Henry VIII, who died in 1547, suffered at the end of his life from swollen ankles and leg ulcers. “I read several interesting stories that at that time you could smell Henri in the rooms around. So, his leg was rotting. He hid it with rose oil” says Jude Law again.
Result, to obtain an odor mixing blood, faeces and sweat”, lBritish actor seen in The Holidays or Sherlock Holmes called in a perfumer.
“It was great to use that”
At first, the actor used this stinky cocktail in small touches, but he ended up using it every day, with each take, to immerse himself more in the character.
Actress Alicia Vikander – who plays Catherine Parr, the main character of the film, and sixth wife of Henry VIII – and director Karim Aïnouz present at the conference also testified about this ambient stench during filming. “All the rooms had this smell. When he arrived on the film set it was a horror ” reveals the filmmaker who nevertheless finds that “cwas great to use this! “.
The Queen’s Game caused a sensation when it was screened at Cannes, according to the specialized magazine Variety, he was welcomed “by a “standing ovation” which lasted more than eight minutes” and cut short by Alicia Wikander because she “signed to the public to stop so as not to cry”. This film is competing for the Palme d’Or but does not yet have a cinema release date.
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