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Charlize Theron: "Never Be Vulnerable"

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Charlize Theron: "Never Be Vulnerable"



Charlize Theron, let’s start from the very beginning: how was Atomic Blonde born?

Seven years ago I was actively looking for a female character to put in the circumstances where she could play by the same rules that men get to play. The graphic novel was unpublished at the time and I received ten pages: something about that character sparked something, I saw potential in it and we found a writer, Kurt Johnstad. The movie is very different from the graphic novel by the way, even the characters. By the time the script was ready we started looking for directors and David Leitch came in with a great sense of being able to articulate how he saw that world as a filmmaker. We had not shared with him a lot of the research done with Kurt in writing the script: it just blended into each other, that’s when we knew we had the right guy.


Why did you decide to star and produce a spy-movie?

I really like spy thrillers but sometimes I find them a little drab, they tend to look the same, all the spies wear trench coats! So we came up with this idea: what if we had a spy who actually thought that it was a better disguise to actually wear garter belts and striking dresses?


What did inspire you most when you started approaching Lorraine’s character?

I wanted to show how hard it is for women like Lorraine to share intimacy with other people, because they live in a world that’s surrounded by secrets and to be vulnerable is one of the most dangerous things that you can be.


Can you also talk about finding the right setting for Atomic Blonde?

We saw early pictures of this kind of punk underground movement that was happening in East Berlin. It was vibrant, it was alive and colorful. A lot of those images really inspired us to have the movie look the way it does. Regarding the Wall’s downfall, it was a very international event. It wasn’t just an insular thing that needed to happen just for Berlin, it represented a lot of what was happening in the world, especially in South Africa with Apartheid. This idea of separation, whether is through a wall or by putting a sign on a bathroom that says ‘whites only’. This idea that you can separate people like that was a conversation that we very much had in South Africa. So I remember this very vividly.

Adriano Ercolani

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