Interview with Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins and Charles Dance – Deadline

With Mank, Director David Fincher has fulfilled a long-held dream of filming a screenplay by his father Jack Fincher, who died in 2003. It’s a story that takes place in Hollywood’s golden age and against the director’s directing. by Orson Welles Citizen Kane, a film that many consider the greatest ever to be made. But as the cast members of the ensemble say during a conversation about the film at the Deadline Contenders Film awards season event, the Netflix film is not about Welles but rather about the man who ‘he hired to write it, Herman Mankiewicz, who is played by the Oscar winner. Gary Oldman.

“It was a wonderful scenario. Jack Fincher, in my opinion, had really done his homework and captured Mank, “Oldman said, zooming in from London and offering a quote referring to the man he plays:” It’s a terrible thing to do something. thing you hate, then turn around and you’re an old man.

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“He was a screenplay doctor who felt he was wasting his talents and certainly was drinking them,” Oldman adds in the discussion, joined on the panel by co-stars Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins and Charles Dance. He says Mankiewicz, who shared Kane’s only Oscar win with Welles (who later added his name to the screenplay), had a kinky sense of humor to counter his own self-hatred.

Seyfried plays movie star Marion Davies, whose relationship with William Randolph Hearst helped his friend Mank gain entry into his own private domain and legendary parties, an experience leading to the fictionalized creation of Charles Foster Kane. “It was a challenge for me to fit into this world, to transport myself to the 1930s and believe myself in that position… but it was absolutely welcome for me as an actor,” she says. .

Collins played Rita, an assistant to Mank and a sort of “moral compass” for him, as she describes her role, a rare ray of light. And Charles Dance came over from London to talk about playing the towering Hearst, believing Rupert Murdoch to be perhaps the closest we have to him now.

“He was an extraordinarily powerful, and let’s face it, wealthy man who felt he could do whatever he wanted with his money,” Dance says of Hearst in what is definitely an understatement.

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