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.Can you relate a part of your life where you felt fate played a part?
Blunt: I have one story I remember which is pretty cool. I didn’t get into this very amazing school that my sister went to, I wanted to be just like my sister. Westminster in London, which is fiercely competitive. She gets in because she’s a brainiac, and I don’t because I’m obviously not (laughs). So I remember at sixteen just being devastated and my life was over, I felt so inferior that I hadn’t gotten in. So I went to my second choice school, which had a good drama department, I previously hadn’t considered acting, but I did a play through my school that went to the Edinburgh festival, I got an agent – he’s still my agent, now I’m here with you (laughs). If I’d gone to Westminster I wouldn’t be doing this job, guaranteed. So I think that was weird.
The look of the film, and the look of the actual Adjustment Bureau was great.
Blunt: I felt like, initially, when you see those locations I was like a kid. It was so exciting to be able to shoot at the Statue of Liberty. But then the downfall is that you have four hundred random strangers watching you do a very emotional scene. Which is pretty embarrassing.
With the actual Bureau there’s something ominous about them, in how human they are. I think that’s what will work with this bigger force, we’re not trying to do this sci-fi style people dressed in one black suit (laughs), they’re very real. There’s something frightening in how real they are. The power they have, in how normal they look.
What was it like learning ballet?
Emily Blunt: I think with ballet, and certain kinds of dance you work hard your whole life trying to find this ethereal perfection that you never can get, I remember one of the dancers I spoke to, she was actually my double in this, she said “I really believe that everything you go through in life can come out in your dance.” This kind of dance allows for that, it’s incredibly expressive and human. It was a wonderful experience, it allowed for mistake, but it was incredibly hard. The training was unreal (laughs). I hurt everyday…everyday (laughs).
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