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`Cruella`: Hollywood actresses Emma Stone and Emma Thompson lean in on the villain

It’s a dog-eating-dog world in London in the 1970s – the decade for Disney’s lavish tale of the villain ‘Cruella’. Directed by Craig Gillespie, ‘Cruella’ plays Emma Stone as the younger version of the furry vamp from ‘101 Dalmations’, who is portrayed in this film as a young artist-fashion designer named Estella, who is mainly after head with the older and more sophisticated designer Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson). Luxurious sets, extravagant gowns, wigs and cute puppies are the backdrop for the war between these two dominant women, and there is just as much sadness as there is laughter in this film made ‘definitely for adults’. ‘It’s definitely dark for a Disney movie. Maybe not like a very intense kind of R-rated movie. But was darker than I had ever seen a Disney movie in a long time, ‘said the main star and Oscar-winning actress Stone at a press conference ahead of the release of’ Cruella ‘which hit theaters in the UAE on May 27. . Director Gillespie talked a bit about striving to make a story about wicked people. ‘Villains are always so fun to portray because you just have more license to do things that are not entirely appropriate, or to push the boundaries and create these bigger characters. And it was very important to me that it was not black and white. Obviously, there was no pun intended with Cruella. But I wanted this to be gray area and be able to empathize with the choices she makes. And the situations she responded to. And I wanted to do it in a way that was a lot of fun, ‘he said. Lady Emma Thompson, a legend herself in every conceivable way, sounded the most excited to take on the role of Cruella’s arch-enemy. ‘I had so much fun doing her because I think I’ve been asking for quite a number of years if I could be a villain, a real villain. And I played for decades what my mother called ‘good women in dresses’. And now I had to play a very evil woman in dresses. But oh boy, the dresses! I mean, they actually carried me, which really happened. Uh, I just had the best, best time. And every time [Stone] and I’ll get on the set, we’ll just look at each other and walk around each other, as if we were sculptures or works of art or something like we were. In a way, everyone created the baroness, and then I stepped in and just said the words, ‘she said. And while the bigger story revolves around the very personal battle between Stone’s Estella, or Cruella and Thompson’s Baroness, ‘Cruella’ reveals in his heart the story of how a young, non-compliant woman is pushed to the dark side under strange circumstances . “It’s a nature story,” Stone explains. ‘So what she would find early on as a weakness or what her mother would consider a weakness early on, just by her ability to hit the ceiling quickly, her kind of volatility, her reactivity, her strength through her creativity and through her genius. This is interesting. I think this is really a movie about how your weaknesses somehow become a strong point. ” But how did Stone personally feel about stepping into the shoes of the fashionable future villain? ‘Well, you know, it’s interesting, because there’s a kind of rejection of Estella coming at some point. And Estella is sweet, but she’s not completely embodied. So I would say there is something about Cruella that is quite appealing because she is just the way she is. She is in full acceptance and autonomy there. So I’m interested in that Cruella world. But that said, she does [cross] a few lines I would not necessarily cross. “To be honest, I like Cruella quite a bit,” Stone said. “I do not think I will ever be able to play a character if I really think, like, ‘Oh, they’re just bad, they’re just a villain,'” Stone adds. “Do you think anyone is angry through the world? walk and think they are evil? I do not think so.I think they think they are right. [No one] walk in to think, like: I’m the bad guy. It does not really make sense to play a human. But maybe to play some kind of robot. ‘ Dame Thompson is also about exploring the darker parts of the human psyche. ‘As [Stone], I’m very interested in the dark side of a female character, because they are so rarely allowed to be dark. We’re all supposed to be nice and good, are we? But the baroness is just as united, and she says this wonderful thing. She says, ‘If I were not unanimous, I would have to put my genius in the back of the drawer,’ like so many other women of genius who died without producing anything and without using their genius. And actually, that’s a really good point. So while, as [Stone] says, I will not necessarily walk that path, her commitment to her own creativity is quite admirable, I think, and difficult, probably. ‘

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The history

First seen on the pages of Dodie Smith’s book in the 1950s and brought to life on the big screen in Disney’s 1961 animated film ‘101 Dalmatians’, as well as Disney’s 1996 live-action remake and its sequel from 2000 – the character of Cruella de Vil has always been a charming point among fans. “I loved the cartoon of ‘101 Dalmatians,'” Stone said. ‘I especially liked that the dogs looked like their owners. I always thought it was so funny. And I remembered as a kid trying to see if dogs really looked like their owners, and many times. But yeah, I loved the cartoon. I thought Cruella was such a fun character. ” After success with his ‘Sleeping Beauty’ live-action prequels focused on the fairy tale’s antagonist, ‘Maleficent’, Disney was naturally eager to explore origin stories of other villainous characters from its vast library. And ripe for picking is Cruella de Vil, first voiced by Betty Lou Gerson in the animated original and then brought to a greater vitality by Glenn Close. Speaking about how she was chosen to play Cruella, Stone said: ‘It was not as simple as getting a call to play Cruella. That was six years ago. I mean, it was a long time before we shot the movie. There was some kind of idea. You know, Disney has all this IP, all these characters they have, and there’s some brainstorming. And it was a process of about four years, and different writers and different things were brought to the table, and it really felt like we would never really make the film of Cruella, because even though she’s such a fun and interesting character, what world would we want to explore her in that would be really meaningful and make a great movie not watched in this character? “And to take her and put her in the ’70s and as much as she’s Cruella from’ 101 Dalmatians ‘is not her either, because you took this character and you created this whole new story for her, with’ a fun nod to ‘101 Dalmatians’, and all that. So, uh, I think once [director] Craig [Gillespie] and [screenwriter] Tony [McNamara] came on board, it really started to fly and got very exciting, and it was like, oh my God, we’re making ‘Cruella’. ”

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Emma Thompson on what she hates about her Baroness character: ‘One of the things I really hated about her was the fact that she did not eat. I do not trust people who do not eat. ”

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Producer Kristin Burr on ‘Cruella’: ” Cruella ‘has all my favorite things in life: fashion, dogs and revenge, “says producer Kristin Burr.” We decided early on to set the film in London in the’ 70s. was so exciting because it was our first live-action character based on animation we set up in the real world. (Unlike fairyland. It was such an opportunity to print the envelope. London was the center of fashion and anarchy. What a beautiful parallel to Cruella! “

Do not miss it!

‘Cruella’ is coming to the UAE cinemas on 27 May.