Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy Star in a Tale of Love and Polio
The trailer for Breathe plays itself at first like a jaunty period romantic comedy — the type of particularly English comedy of manners we’ve all seen before. “I could ask you to dance, and you could say ‘Well, I don’t feel like dancing,'” says a suit-clad Andrew Garfield. “And I could say, ‘Well, maybe some other time.”
“Or I could just not ask,” he tells Claire Foy, doing her best bashful brit in a ballgown. He grabs her by the hand, and off to the dance floor and a subsequent whirlwind romance they go. They even go for a drive in one of those newfangled automobiles, as people in the ’50s loved to do.
Then comes the almost expected beat where her family doesn’t approve of the courtship. Foy’s character father protests that she hardly even knows the man, and she replies, “The thing is, I just know this is it.”
It’s all very expected and familiar, until, of course, we’re all reminded why people who say “Oh, I was born in the wrong time period. I just wish I could live back then” are completely misguided.
That thing, in this case, is polio. Garfield’s character contracts a nasty strain of the then incurable disease and is relegated to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair, which totally leaves us with a completely different movie than the first 45 seconds of the trailer had set us up for.
The film is actually based on the real life story of Robin Cavendish, a British tea broker who was paralyzed from the neck down at the age of 28 and set out to become both an advocate and example for the disabled. Initially given just three months to live and told he would never leave the hospital again due to his need to be hooked up to a breathing device at all times, Cavendish sought more and pushed for medical advances that would help him live a fuller life. He went on to travel wildly, remained a devoted husband and father, and picked up an Order of the British Empire along the way.
Garfield takes the part fresh off his first Academy Award nomination, and clearly hopes to keep his string of challenging roles going. Foy meanwhile finds herself as a big screen leading lady for only the second time after 2011’s Wreckers, and the first after her breakthrough role as a young Queen Elizabeth in The Crown.
The film will also mark the directorial debut of Andy Serkis, yes the actor best known for his performance captures roles like Gollum in The Lord of the Rings saga (Serkis actually oversaw filming of Jungle Book before directing Breathe, but the former CGI-heavy film won’t be released until next year).
Breathe is scheduled to open the BFI London Film Festival on October 4th, and then hit select theaters later that month.
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The Crown star Claire Foy wows in a blue silk nightgown as fans wait for the second series of the hit Netflix show to air
By BAZ BAMIGBOYE FOR THE DAILY MAIL
Claire Foy is getting into the space race.
The award-winning actress has been cast by Damien Chazelle, whose hit film La La Land took six Oscar statuettes (including best director for him), in his new movie First Man about the glory — and turmoil — surrounding Nasa’s efforts to put an astronaut on the moon.
Ryan Gosling, who played the jazz player and composer in La La Land, will portray Neil Armstrong, the first man (of the title) to set foot on the moon. And I can reveal that Claire will play his wife, Janet. Continue reading Claire Foy to star as Neil Armstrong’s wife in new movie First Man
Makeup guru Ivana Primorac spent the past year turning soft-featured actress Claire Foy into an angular Queen Elizabeth II, long-faced John Lithgow into a curmudgeonly Winston Churchill and an assortment of actors into palace royals and political figures — many of whom are alive — for Netflix’s “The Crown.”
The entire first season of the series debuted in November; a second season has been ordered, with six episodes planned.
Primorac, a prolific hair and makeup designer, has worked on such diverse films as “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” “The Imitation Game” and “T2 Trainspot- ting.” For “The Crown,” which Peter Morgan created and wrote, evolving out of his 2006 Queen Elizabeth biopic “The Queen,” she aims to reflect “both the history and the now,” Primorac says. “It’s important to portray [the royal family] truthfully.”
To convey this sense of reality, the hair and makeup team was helped by a wealth of public footage of the royal family, as well as film from the queen’s private life. When Elizabeth was still a princess, her father, King George VI, gave her a Paillard Bolex movie camera, which she used to document many of her personal moments — including those from the time she got married and her honeymoon tour and also the private side of her public tours after she became queen.
Several different wigs kept Elizabeth strategically coiffed to show the early progression of her hairstyles, which soon settled into a constant look. Primorac also relied on a range of cosmetics to aid the subtle aging process as the queen navigated the decade from blushing bride to skilled monarch.
Continue reading ‘The Crown’ Makeup Artist Helped Claire Foy Look Like a Real Queen
One of this year’s biggest breakout stars — she won Golden Globe and SAG awards for her portrayal of young Queen Elizabeth II in the most expensive TV series ever made (Netflix allocated $100 million for its first two seasons) — reflects on auditioning while pregnant, playing a woman famous for hiding her emotions and growing as an actress.
“For me, the most challenging thing about it was endurance,” says Claire Foy, the 33-year-old British actress whose portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II on season one of Netflix’s The Crown earned her best actress in a drama series Golden Globe and SAG awards earlier this year and has made her the frontrunner to win the equivalent Emmy. As we sit down at Netflix’s FYSee interactive exhibition space in Beverly Hills to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter’s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast, Foy continues, “I had a small child, I had the biggest job of my life, I broke my elbow — so it was more of just, like, ‘I can do this!'”
Foy was born and raised near Manchester, England, and briefly flirted with careers in dance and cinematography before committing to acting and eventually studying it at the Oxford School of Drama. Soon after graduating, she began working on TV projects of growing prestige, including several BBC offerings — the 2008 miniseries Little Dorrit; the reboot of the drama series Upstairs Downstairs, which ran from 2010 through 2012; the 2012 miniseries White Heat; and the 2015 miniseries Wolf Hall — as well as Channel 4’s 2011 miniseries The Promise. Her performances generally won widespread praise from critics, but it wasn’t until last Nov. 4 of 2016, when Netflix dropped the entire first season of The Crown, that a much larger audience began to appreciate what a remarkable talent she is.
At the recommendation of casting director Nina Gold, who previously had cast Foy in Wolf Hall (and “who I owe my life to,” the actress says), she was invited to audition for the principal part in the drama series, which Netflix had commissioned with 10 seasons in mind, each chronicling a different chapter of the Queen’s ongoing reign. Informed that it was the brainchild of Peter Morgan, the same man who was behind the 2006 film The Queen and the 2015 Broadway play The Audience (both of which also center around the Queen, and which brought Helen Mirren an Oscar and a Tony, respectively), and that several of its episodes would be directed by Stephen Daldry (who also helmed The Audience), she was intrigued — but faced a dilemma. “I was five months pregnant,” she says with a chuckle. “I was like, ‘Well, I’ll just go in and meet them. I’m not gonna get it, but it’ll give me something to do for the next couple of weeks.'” As it turned out, her physical state was not a deal-breaker and she was brought back for a screen test and then offered the part.
Continue reading ‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Claire Foy (‘The Crown’)
But if Elizabeth II did watch, there’s the perfect British TV show that would let us watch her do it.
Like the no-nonsense monarch she plays on The Crown, Claire Foy has a finely tuned B.S. radar. And the actress doesn’t believe recent news reports that Queen Elizabeth has spent Saturday nights at Windsor Castle bingeing Foy’s Netflix show about her early days as Queen. Foy recently spoke with Vanity Fair about what to expect from The Crown’s anticipated second season (“sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll”), whether she believes the Queen is a feminist, and what she thinks of another complex heroine she’s rumored to be circling, Lisbeth Salander.
Vanity Fair: We are talking in a space that Netflix has built that houses props and costumes from many of its shows, including some from The Crown, like the giant crown you wear in the coronation episode. What did it feel like wearing it on your head?
Claire Foy: When I wore it in the coronation there was a lot of other stuff going on as well. The dress was also ginormous, and I had loads of scepters, and an orb, and a giant cape . . . and I was wearing platform shoes, and so it was all a bit too much, to be honest. I just sort of thought, “I’m walking straight ahead, and I’m not going to stop.” Then luckily it didn’t plop off my head . . . I always feel more like [Queen Elizabeth] when I’ve got the wellies on, and the tartan skirts, and the headscarves, because that, to me, is who she really is. When she’s got the big gowns on and stuff, I think she’s probably quite uncomfortable in them, and I am, so it sort of makes a lot of sense, really.
You’re playing someone who has basically made it her job to keep her feelings to herself. How do you find an interior life for this person? It’s not like you have her diaries, it’s not like she did some big Oprah confessional.
Imagine if she did . . . There’s always people wanting something from her. She never meets anyone and it’s just a non-transactional relationship. Someone always wants something out of that meeting, or that audience, or whatever it is. I think she’s constantly trying to gauge what her input could be and how it could be useful, and how she can alter what she says in order to remain impartial . . . I’ve always felt that she’s a very thinking character, I suppose.
The Queen has apparently watched all 10 episodes, according to a royal source.
What royal source?
Well, it was in the British press, which is never wrong, as you know.
I can’t believe, I hadn’t heard anything about it, and I will believe it when I see it is all I’ll say.
It’s a fabulous time to be Claire Foy. Last year, the actress starred in the critically acclaimed, biographical Netflix series The Crown as Queen Elizabeth II in her youth. The actress has since prepped for the show’s second season, after which she’ll bow out of the show altogether. (That’s because Season 3 jumps ahead in time, meaning its youthful core cast will have to wave goodbye.) But Foy, who won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of the young royal, has a bounty of prospects ahead of her—and seems poised to exchange her TV success for some good old-fashioned Hollywood stardom.
The actress is reportedly in talks to play Lisbeth Salander in the upcoming The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the latest installment-slash-soft reboot of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, according to Variety. As a refresher: Lisbeth is a hardcore goth computer hacker with various piercings and tattoos and an asymmetrical haircut. Foy, meanwhile, was determined posh and English rose-y enough to play the most famous monarch of our time.
Naturally, Foy doesn’t exactly scream Lisbeth’s aesthetic—but neither, really, did Rooney Mara back when she was cast in the Americanized version of Dragon Tattoo. At the time, the actress was best-known for whittling Jesse Eisenberg down to size in The Social Network. In the Swedish versions of the films, Noomi Rapace played the anti-everyone, all-black-everything hacker. If Foy takes on the role, she had better prepare to bleach those eyebrows, buzz off some of that hair, and start picking out some waterproof black eyeliner.
But wait, there’s more! Variety also reports that Foy might not take the role . . . because she recently had a meeting with Academy Award-winning director Damien Chazelle to co-star in his Neil Armstrong biopic First Man. Ryan Gosling is set to play the iconic astronaut in Chazelle’s big-screen follow-up to musical hit La La Land. Foy, however, has not received an official offer for the role, leaving room for her to take on The Girl in the Spider’s Web after all. Fede Alvarez, who directed surprise horror hit Don’t Breathe last year, is set to helm the upcoming Salander project.
But AMC/BBC’s big-budget spy thriller ‘The Night Manager,’ a winner at the Golden Globes and Emmys, came away with just one nomination.
The nominations for the BAFTA TV awards, the U.K.’s equivalent of the Emmys, were unveiled bright and early London time Tuesday morning.
There was broad spread of love shared across numerous shows, but it was Netflix’s lavish royal drama The Crown that emerged in the lead, with five nominations, including for Claire Foy, Jared Harris, John Lithgow and Vanessa Kirby. Elsewhere, comedy sleeper hit Fleabag and gritty drama Happy Valley earned places on multiple shortlists.
Perhaps surprisingly, The Night Manager, the BBC/AMC’s hit spy thriller came away with just one, for Tom Hollander’s portrayal of colorful henchman Corky. The show — estimated to have cost some $30 million — was a ratings hit last year, and seemed a shoo-in for major BAFTA TV awards success after it aired, backed up by Golden Globe and Emmy wins.
The Crown: Claire Foy reveals wedding night scene was AXED and fans will NEVER see it
CLAIRE FOY has revealed that viewers will never see a crucial moment from The Crown after it removed from the final cut.
By Neela Debnath
The 32-year-old Golden Globe-winning actress, who plays a young Queen Elizabeth in the Netflix phenomenon, admitted that a scene from the royal couple’s wedding night ended up on the cutting room floor.
Speaking to media including Express.co.uk at the BFI & Radio Times Festival in London yesterday, she said: “My favourite scene with Matt Smith was never in the programme, unfortunately. That was our wedding night, that’s all I’ll say!” Continue reading Claire Foy Reveals ‘The Crown’ Wedding Scene That Was Cut
She is the actress who’s found her niche playing English queens on the small screen, acting as both Anne Boleyn and a young Queen Elizabeth II.
But Claire Foy went for a simple English rose look as she stepped out at the star-studded BFI & Radio Times TV Festival in London on Saturday.
The Crown actress sported a Spring-like colourful floral blouse which she tucked into a pair of black slacks.
She paired her simple outfit with comfortable Converse trainers.
The 32-year-old tucked her tresses into a neat short style and kept her make up minimal but slicked her lips with an eye-catching scarlet lip gloss.
Claire wore two pretty gold necklaces and a gem ring on her finger.
The actress was at the festival to take part in a panel discussion The Crown: The Making Of A TV Epic.
The lavish Netflix drama chronicles the reign of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s to the present day.
The first season of the ten part series focused on events leading up to 1955 with Claire Foy performing as the young Elizabeth alongside Matt Smith as Prince Philip.
Netflix has invested a staggering £100 million in the show which is currently intended to have six series.
The second season is expected to be released this November and it was recently revealed that the third season will introduce a well-known character: Camilla Parker Bowles.
The show’s creator Peter Morgan said that the royals have had a mixed reaction to The Crown.
They are both ‘very nervous and very excited’ he revealed at a press conference last year.
‘I think they don’t like not having control, but they also understand that [a drama] dealing with this subject with respect is a rare thing.
‘These are people who are not used to being taken seriously.’
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Claire Foy and Matt Smith are the new TV royalty thanks to their Netflix series The Crown. The drama, which netted Foy a Golden Globe and the show took one home for Best Drama as well, follows a newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II. Foy plays Queen Elizabeth and Smith, who is best known for Doctor Who, plays her husband Prince Philip.
So, where’s that Globe?
“In my toilet, not actually in my toilet but in my downstairs toilet,” Foy told Giuliana Rancic at the 2017 SAG Awards. She’s referring to her bathroom.
“I think it’s quite a good spot for it actually,” Smith said.
“You can’t put it anywhere noticeable,” Foy said.
“It would be crass,” Smith concurred.
“It’s so heavy,” Foy said. “It’s a real weapon.”
The cast, which also includes John Lithgow in season one, went right to work on season two, so Smith and Foy said they didn’t realize it had been a hit until people came up to them and praised their series at the Golden Globes.
“It was like ‘Whoa,'” Foy said.
But who’s been the biggest fan they’ve heard from? Aside from “lots of really cool young directors and writers have watched it and liked it,” Foy said, it has to be Elton John. “We like Elton,” Smith said.
“We love Elton,” Foy said.
Foy, Lithgow and the ensemble cast were all up for Actors at the 2017 SAG Awards.