Emily Blunt Interview For ‘The Adjustment Bureau’

British actress Emily Blunt fully excels in George Nolfi’s romance thriller ‘The Adjustment Bureau.’ In the film she stars alongside Matt Damon as the beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas, who falls in love with ambitious politician David Norris (Damon). However just as the pair realize they’re falling in love with each other, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart, the agents of Fate itself, the Adjustment Bureau, who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from being together. The film is out in cinemas now.

A key scene in the film is when you and Matt’s character meet for the first time?

Emily Blunt: Yeah, I felt the pressure with that scene trying to get it right. We had to get it right because it’s so important for the rest of the film, it’s lucky we had George as director and writer because he understands that we had stretch it out, or change it. It had to be instantaneous, that spark had to work.

It was great to have a romance that felt particular, and unique, and not like the kind of romance you see when you watch too many movies, that was the key for us, to try and find something that felt like these two had this kind of secret language that seemed to have gone back years before they met. We wanted it to be instantaneous, I think it helped that we set it in the most unlikely and unromantic place, I thought it was a really cool setting for these two to meet, it takes the edge off for people who may think this type of thing is a bit smoltzy.  It was so funny it was in this men’s bathroom, and so weird (laughs). That really struck me about the movie, that it was an unlikely, a different take on a love story. Matt is an instantly likable guy, he’s awesome so that made it easier….

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Movie review: ‘The Adjustment Bureau’

Hollywood’s imagination drain is the problem, but here’s the cure – Philip K. Dick.

The late science fiction author whose work influenced “Blade Runner” and “Total Recall” continues to inspire screenwriters with “The Adjustment Bureau,” a romantic thriller starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.

Matt Damon and Emily Blunt star in “The Adjustment Bureau.”

“Bureau’s” sci-fi trappings can’t match other Dick adaptations, and you could drive a Hummer through some of its plot holes. But Dick’s fertile mind combined with two strong leads makes “Bureau” a tricky exploration of free will.

Damon stars as David Norris, a politician whose colorful past just cost him a senate seat in New York. He enters a men’s bathroom to mull over his concession speech when he meets Elise (Emily Blunt), who ducked into the bathroom after getting caught crashing a wedding….

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The Adjustment Bureau: Emily Blunt interview

Emily Blunt’s latest film, ‘The Adjustment Bureau’, sees the British star join Matt Damon on the Hollywood A-list. John Hiscock met her in New York.

It feels a little like Emily Blunt Month here in the United States, where the cheery British actress is popping up all over the place. She is on magazine covers, talk shows, red carpets – and, for now, sitting opposite me in a Manhattan hotel.

She has just flown in from Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband John Krasinksi (a fellow actor, he plays the Martin Freeman role in the American version of The Office) for the premiere of The Adjustment Bureau, a new romantic thriller in which she stars with Matt Damon.

The once stammering actress has learnt to handle the demands of the promotional treadmill like a veteran. “When you’ve done it a few times it becomes less nerve-racking,” she says.

Now 28, Blunt made her film debut in 2004 in Pawel Pawlikowski’s dark coming of age tale, My Summer of Love, a daring performance that won her a British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer. She says it is the only one of her films she recommends people to see. It also happens to be the one in which she spends most time naked.

“I’m really proud of it,” she says. “It’s not like any other movie.” She thinks for a second and adds with a laugh, “I don’t know why I’m broadcasting my breasts to the world. It’s a bit worrying.”

Now there is The Adjustment Bureau, written and directed by first-time director George Nolfi. Based on a story by Philip K Dick, it asks whether we are in charge of our lives or whether unseen forces manipulate our destiny. Blunt plays Elise, a ballet dancer who falls for a charismatic politician (Damon) who is running for the US Senate. Agents of the shadowy Adjustment Bureau, led by Terence Stamp, are determined to keep them apart.

Nolfi had intended to cast a professional dancer in the role of Elise but, he says, “In one meeting Emily completely derailed my plans. I could tell immediately she was the one.”

Blunt was attracted by the script. “I’m not a fan of science fiction but Philip Dick does the sort of science fiction that feels close to home and creeps into your subconscious,” she says. “He targets that paranoia that we all live with. Are we being manipulated? Are we being watched? There’s something threatening about his science fiction that I really enjoy,” she says.

Her biggest challenge was achieving the precision and form of a dancer. “I had never danced in my life. I told George I’d work my arse off if he gave me the role but the training was unreal.

“I had eight weeks’ solid training before the movie and then throughout filming, anytime I could I was in the gym or the dance studio.”

In the past, in films such as 2008’s indie comedy Sunshine Cleaning, she has demonstrated that she is perfectly capable of pulling off an American accent. But, although the character of Elise was written as an American, in The Adjustment Bureau, she retains her English accent because Nolfi liked the way she speaks.

One of four children of an actress mother and barrister father, Emily was raised in Roehampton and began appearing in school plays because she discovered that acting helped her stammer. “I started stuttering when I was about seven and it started to get better when I was 14,” she recalls. “I found it very liberating to be someone else and talk in a different voice. It was miraculous how I never stuttered onstage, but if you’re a stutterer you always have it and I still have it – on the phone or if I’m really tired and trying to relate a story.”

A theatrical agent signed her when she was 16 and she went straight into the West End, appearing opposite Judi Dench in The Royal Family. In 2002 she played Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the Chichester Festival.

After My Summer of Love and a Golden Globe win for her part in Stephen Poliakov’s TV drama Gideon’s Daughter, Blunt made her scene-stealing Hollywood debut in the role of the arrogant assistant to Meryl Streep’s fashion editor in The Devil Wears Prada.

“That role changed things in a huge way for me,” she says. “If you play such an off-the-wall character people see you can play a variety of roles. I never expected the reaction that film got.”

After that, she showed up briefly with Tom Hanks in Charlie Wilson’s War, co-starred with Steve Carell in Dan In Real Life and was the lead in The Young Victoria. Next month she will shoot Looper, a time-travel thriller set in New Orleans.

Through it all she has managed to remain down-to-earth, refusing to take her new Hollywood life too seriously. In fact, she still seems somewhat surprised at the turn her career has taken.

“I didn’t have a burning desire to act,” she says. “When I was three years I didn’t want to be an actress – I wanted to be the tooth fairy. So it is bizarre how it happened. But when it did I embraced it.”

Source: Telegraph UK

“The Adjustment Bureau” Sneak Peek

With their film hitting theaters on March 4th, a first look of Matt Damon and Emily Blunt in “The Adjustment Bureau” has hit the web.

Based on a Philip K. Dick story, “The Adjustment Bureau” casts Damon as “an ambitious politician on the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate named David Norris. When he meets beautiful ballet dancer Elise Sellas (played by Blunt), he is instantly smitten — and the course of his future changes, prompting the Adjustment Bureau to intervene, no matter what the cost.”

“He was only meant to meet this woman Elise that one time, because it’s not in the plan for them to be together – but David is completely obsessed with her,” explains Matt.

Emily adds, “I think it speaks volumes about the attraction that these two people really have for each other, that he’s willing to risk a lot for her.”

Source: ET Online

FIRST LOOK: Matt Damon Risks It all for Emily Blunt

Matt Damon and Emily Blunt are running from a formidable foe – the very destiny of the world itself – in their upcoming sci-fi thriller, The Adjustment Bureau.

The movie’s first trailer is out, and it shows Damon and Blunt’s characters starting to fall in love, before creepy dudes in trenchcoats intervene. These are the guys – normally unseen by humans – who control fate. And, free will be damned – Damon and Blunt, a budding politician and a ballerina, were never supposed to meet.

The movie, based on a Philip K. Dick story, is due in theaters on Sept. 17. In real life, fate has been kinder to Damon and Blunt lately. His wife is expecting another child, while she recently became engaged to actor John Krasinski.

Source: People

First Look: Matt Damon & Emily Blunt in The Adjustment Bureau

I’ve added first new high quality promotional stills of Emily Blunt in ‘The Adjustment Bureau’ movie.

Universal has released the first images from writer/director George Nolfi’s The Adjustment Bureau. The movie is based on the short story The Adjustment Team by Philip K. Dick and it stars Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Michael Kelly and Terence Stamp. Here’s the short synopsis:

Do we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us? Matt Damon stars in the thriller The Adjustment Bureau as a man who glimpses the future Fate has planned for him and realizes he wants something else. To get it, he must pursue the only woman he’s ever loved across, under and through the streets of modern-day New York.

So what do you get when you mix Matt Damon and Philip K. Dick? A lot of excited sci-fi fans…like me! Hit the jump for a more detailed synopsis and two images in high resolution. The Adjustment Bureau gets released July 30, 2010….

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2010 Most Anticipated Films: ‘The Wolfman’ & ‘The Adjustment Bureau’

The Wolfman & The Adjustment Bureau are listed one of the ‘2010 Most Anticipated Films‘.

The Wolfman
Release Date: February 12

The Who: Directed by Joe Johnston; Written by Andrew Kevin Walker; Starring Benecio del Toro, Emily Blunt, and Anthony Hopkins

The Pitch: Another re-imagining of a classic tale, I think del Toro has the creepy charisma to bring a character like this to life. It’s a perversion of man, a look into the dark soul of someone forced to be violent, and it promises to have an intense amount of gnashing teeth. Plus, can you really go wrong with Rick Baker involved?

The Adjustment Bureau
Release Date: TBA

The Who: Directed by George Nolfi; Based on the short story by Phillip K. Dick; Starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt
The Pitch: Phillip K. Dick’s short story about a man in a changing reality is brilliant and includes some very cool imagery that would translate well to film. I have no idea if it’s been translated with this adaptation, but George Nolfi (in his first stint as director) is a great writer, and Matt Damon is one of the best working actors today. Pair him with Emily Blunt, toss in Terence Stamp and Anthony Mackie with a heavy dose of science fiction, and I have no idea why you wouldn’t get excited.

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Emily Blunt In Agony From Dance Training For The Adjustment Bureau

Emily Blunt is in constant pain on the set of her latest movie The Adjustment Bureau – because intense dance training has left her in agony.

The British actress plays a ballet dancer in the picture, which she’s currently shooting in New York with Matt Damon.

Blunt is being put through her paces by a professional – and she admits the classes are crippling.

She says, “Every day I’m in dance boot camp. It’s a wonderful idea to have the girl be a dancer, but it’s very high maintenance.

“I’m really loving the challenge. I’m training with this amazing ballet company, and it’s been a real awakening for me when it comes to fitness. Everything hurts all the time.”

Source: WENN