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The Director Of The Girl In The Spider’s Web Discusses Filming As Much As Possible Practically

This week, LRM’s own Nancy Tapia attended an The Girl In The Spider’s Web press event, and boy did we learn a lot about the film.

As you should already know, the film is not a sequel to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, as it based on the fourth book of the series and comes from a completely different creative team than the first US adaptation.

Director Fede Alvarez stressed at the event that his team went to great lengths to ensure as much of the film as possible could be done practically, which I always like to hear:

“Claire (Foy) and I spent time in the middle of the snow where the office is a place that is like really blows at degrees where you’re freezing. There’s nothing you can wear that will make you warm. And I’m on all the clothes. She’s in costume and she’s even colder. And it’s really painful. You spend, one day is fine but if decide, all of us, me and Pedro particularly, we just said no green screens in this movie. Let’s have none of it.

So, that took us to extremes to really be in the elements and go out there to just have to do everything practical. And it is painful the way you have no idea. It sounds like that thing you say sometimes, ‘oh yeah making movies is hard, but no.’ It’s when you’re there in the snow. Getting to location is hard. Being there is hard. Everything is miserable about the experience because there’s just a little tent with a heater that it’s just one for everybody. There’s no glamour really.

The main joke for us is always like, ‘yeah come to Hollywood,’ they said. ‘It’ll be fun,’ they said. ‘It will be glamorous.’ And there you are in the middle of the snow. So, there’s something about that that I really embrace and all my movies I try to do every time to really spend a lot of time in miserable situations. The actors are the ones that suffers the most. I know. I try to ignore it as much as I can and Claire knows. I try to create a thing where I have no empathy because if I had I will die.”

This is how you make movies, people (unless your movie is about a giant purple dude with a glove or a “star war”). Mission: Impossible – Fallout had great action, but it was the realism of doing actual stunts that gave it that special feeling. So, let’s toss out the green screen when we can, directors!

Are you excited for some practical effects in The Girl In The Spider’s Web? Let us know in the comments below!

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