“The way we shot this movie was just crazy. The guy is just crazy,” Seydoux said, referring to controversial director Abdellatif Kechiche.
Léa Seydoux made history as the first actress, alongside ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ co-star Adele Exarchopoulos, to win the Palme d’Or instead of just being a director. Why? Because Seydoux’s performance defied the reign of director Abdellatif Kechiche on the set.
The French star, who returns to Cannes this year with David Cronenberg’s ‘Crimes of the Future’ and Mia Hansen-Love’s ‘One Fine Morning’, says the famous seven-minute lesbian sex scene ‘Blue’ needs more than 100 takes for a single shot and took 10 days to film.
When asked now, nearly a decade later, if an intimacy coordinator would have changed the dynamic on set, Seydoux told The Hollywood Reporter, “No, not really,” offering a shocking laugh.
She added: “It was beyond. It was the whole movie, not just the sex scenes. The way we shot this movie was just crazy. The guy is just crazy.
At the film’s Cannes premiere in 2013, the French production team released a union statement denouncing the “anarchic” work environment under Kechiche. The director in turn threatened Seydoux with legal action for sharing “defamatory” information on set. The protagonists were adamant about the disconcerting experience of making the film, and Kechiche continued to stir up controversy with his sexually-charged “Mektoub” films in the years that followed.
However, Seydoux maintains that his favorite Cannes experience was indeed “Blue is the hottest color”, due to winning the coveted Palme d’Or and being recognized as co-writer on the film with Kechiche.
“It took a year of my life and I gave it my all for this movie,” Seydoux said. “It really changed my life on so many levels.”
And she carries that with her when she tackles new projects, like “Crimes of the Future” and collaborating with Oscar winner Cronenberg.
“When I’m about to start working with a director, I never know what I’m going to do,” Seydoux added. ” And I’m scared. I’m fucking scared. But I’m in. »
“Crimes of the Future” has already made waves with a truly jaw-dropping trailer showing a man’s eyelids stitched together. Kristen Stewart and Viggo Mortensen also star in Cronenberg’s psychological body-horror thriller about performance artists who believe the key to human evolution is to transform — and repurpose — internal organs. Cronenberg has previously warned that Cannes attendees will most likely exit within the first five minutes due to the graphic and gory surgery scenes because, as the trailer promises, “surgery is the new sex.” But no intimacy coordinator was needed there.