Cate Blanchett on Selecting Scripts and Choosing Film Projects: Its generally the character is the last port of call with me. Even from Elizabeth all those years ago, I thought, Glenda Jacksons done it. What am I going to bring thats any different? But when I spoke to Shekhar [Kapur] who directed it, I thought, Oh, I really want to work with you. So its usually that conversation that clinches it for me. I would have shot this anywhere for Steven Soderbergh.
Speaking of Elizabeth, theres been talk of a sequel. Blanchett said, Well, Shekhar and I all during the first one were talking abut trying to find something else to do together. Were good friends and weve stayed in contact. Hes a man of 1,000 ideas. Were developing this other film together but that hasnt come together yet.
I just said no to Elizabeth because I thought, Ive done it. I dont need to do it again. But we had one great conversation, he and Geoffrey [Rush] and I when I suddenly saw it as being something about part of the aging process and taking her to a different level. He wanted to make a film about immortality. So when he talks about it in those broad sweeps, and also a film about holy war, which I thought was very timely. So when he talked about it from that perspective, and then he said Clive Owens going to do it and Geoffreys going to do it again, I just went, Oh, Im just churlish if I say no to it. I couldnt refuse.
Future Projects Im Not There: Blanchetts one of six actors who played the role of Bob Dylan in the Todd Haynes film Im Not There (currently in post-production). Blanchett admits shes both excited and terrified about the project because of the expectations for the film. I was terrified doing it because he and I had no interest in imitating Dylan. But yet Todd was really specific that I wore a suit that he wore in 1965, like the exact suit that he wore in Manchester. And the hair... He wants those iconic references but yet he doesnt want an imitation. It was a really difficult tightrope to walk, which I hope I walked without falling off too often. But also, its just that expectation because even though the films aim is not to be a biopic, people will automatically want to receive it as that.
Asked which Bob she plays, Blanchett responded with, Isnt that the $24 question? Which Bob is Bob? Theres six different Bobs. I think thats the greatness of the idea is that hes splitting Dylans persona into so many different ways. To a Woodie Guthrie type figure, a TV evangelist. I play him when he went electric. Into an actor, into an 18the century poet, a 17the century poet. I think when you juxtapose all those different personas, then you get a sense of his spirit or his shape-shifting.
Blanchett furthered explained that all the Bobs have their own sections in the film. Mines in black and white and I think some of them are hypercolored. Todd is a genre defying film director to begin with. If you look back to his film school thing about Karen Carpenter, if youve seen it, with the Barbie dolls, its amazing. He thinks so laterally, in such a Todd Haynes way. I dont think anyone else could have conceived of the idea. Its great because the fact that Im a woman, automatically you have that Brechtian distance between the persona of Dylan. The form of the film liberates it from being a biopic.
The Status of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Blanchett confirmed filming is underway and that shell be joining the production in January. Brad plays, Mr. Pitt plays a man who basically ages backwards and its a star-crossed lover story. I play a woman he meets when hes about 10 so hes really about 85 and Im six. Then theres a point in their lives when they can be together. I play a dancer who has an accident.