Emily Blunt says she was ‘desperate’ to be in sci-fi thriller, ‘Looper’
It took Emily Blunt twenty pages to know she wanted to be in director Rian Johnson’s time-travel blockbuster “Looper.”
The film, which opens in theatres September 28, marks Blunt’s first acting venture into science fiction. And she owes it all to Johnson’s script.
“I was desperate to be in the movie 20 pages in. I hadn’t even gotten to my character yet and I wanted to be in it,” says Blunt in an interview with CTV.ca during TIFF.
The film tells the story of a man (Bruce Willis) who is sent back in time to be killed by his younger self (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Dealing with themes of time travel paradoxes, handling high-tech gear and the headaches of alternate futures, it wasn’t an easy script to get through for the actress.
“I read it twice, I’ll be honest,” she says. “It’s more complex reading it than watching it.”
What sealed the deal for Blunt was the fact her character, Sara, was grungy, damaged and violent, and pretty much a blank slate until the third act. These traits are drastically different than the period or affluent characters Blunt usually accepts.
“I did find the character really surprising,” she says. “You discover…why she is the way she is and why she’s so tough.
“I think that’s wonderful to play, that sort of unfeeling of a character. There’s nothing all there on the first page.”
On top of sharing scenes with Willis and Gordon-Levitt, Blunt says she loved working with the young actor who plays her son, actor Pierce Gagnon.
“We met a few kids for (the role) …‘cause you needed that spooky presence, that intensity, which is so hard to find in a five-year-old. It’s virtually impossible,” she says. “(Gagnon) truly got the part, that he was playing a character. It was amazing, because we were all doing our best to keep up with him.”
Blunt also says she thoroughly enjoyed portraying a character that gets to do things the actress never gets to do in real life or in film.
“I got to fire a shotgun and cut wood, which is pretty cool.”
“Looper” debuted at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and opens on September 28 in theatres across North America.