Last Sunday, the same night as one of the Heir‘S The most shocking episode, The New Yorker dropped a long profile, revealing of one of the more highly regarded actors, Jeremy Strong. It shows he’s intense – not a Method actor, but someone whose approach to playing Kendall Roy is deeply troubled that makes him at least a bit difficult to work with. The article immediately caused a firestorm, and in the days that followed, longtime friend Jessica Chastain express displeasure with the way it is written. Now, one of Strong’s directors has done the same.
On Friday night, Chastain posted a letter from Aaron Sorkin, who directed Strong in Challenge of Chicago 7, where he plays Yippie Jerry Rubin. (He also directed Chastain in Molly’s game.) Sorkin – who wisely does not appear on social media – is one of the people cited in the New Yorker profile, and he is worried that he has contributed to the portrait of himself that he he feels is incorrect.
“After reading Michael Schulman’s profile of Jeremy Strong – one that I was involved in – I wanted to speak up,” Sorkin wrote. “I think I helped Mr. Schulman create what I believe is a distorted picture of Jeremy that made us roll our eyes at his performance.”
Sorkin said he received five email inquiries but “only half of these responses were used”. That, Sorkin writes, “is perfectly normal,” but they happen to be the ones that show Strong applying his methods to extreme measures. One involved him asking to blow his tears (Sorkin told him no), and another, where he tortured actor Frank Langella, playing a judge, by reading aloud the book. his (excellent) memoirs in a “dumb voice”, even playing kazoo as he spoke.
The filmmaker and playwright gave his full responses to Schulman, where he praised Strong’s work in The Succession and compared him to Dustin Hoffman.
After Chastain and Sorkin’s unique punch appeared on the New Yorker’s personal page, the publication itself decided to respond. “This is a nuanced portrait of an extremely dedicated actor,” they wrote in a statement arrive Limit line. “It inspired a flurry of reactions from everyone, including many who said they were even more impressed by Jeremy Strong’s artistry after reading the article.”
Meanwhile, since the public has gained a fuller picture of Strong’s methodology, it has sparked a conversation about actors whose dedication can sometimes take them to extremes. point – and in Strong’s case, get the result. However, the pop-up on his screen, Brian Cox, worry.
(Through the Limit line)
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