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Jessica Chastain and real-life pal Oscar Isaac redo Bergman

CTV News — Jessica Chastain has been friends with Oscar Isaac since their Julliard days but says it was “a blessing and a curse” to play his wife in a remake of Ingmar Bergman’s classic “Scenes From a Marriage,” which premiered Saturday at the Venice Film Festival.

It was a blessing because they didn’t need to get to know one another and could be brutally honest with one another. But it was also a curse because they couldn’t take a break from their togetherness and got to the point “where we were reading each others minds!”

“So I was like ‘Get out of my head!”‘ Chastain told reporters ahead of the premiere. “I felt on this job that there was no quiet time.”

The project was an intense one, reimagining in a contemporary American context the unravelling of a marriage depicted in Bergman’s 1973 Swedish television miniseries that starred Bergman’s longtime partner, Liv Ullmann. In this five-episode HBO series directed by Hagai Levi, the gender roles are essentially flipped and the circumstances brought up-to-date.

Isaac, who has two other movies showing at Venice, agreed that their close friendship posed “its own challenges” when filming such an inherently fraught projectm since “you care about the person so much.”

The two, who starred together in the 2014 “A Most Violent Year,”‘ used an intimacy coordinator and lots of talking to map out the bedroom scenes to make sure both were comfortable.

Isaac, who noted that their children are together in the same play group, said he and Chastain also watched films together to try to figure out how to represent the sexual side of their relationship to make it seem truthful without going overboard.

“There are so many times you don’t buy it, and then it can get too gratuitous and you don’t really buy that either,” Isaac said.

Chastain said she appreciated talking through the characters and mapping out their relationship ahead of time.

“I would still get embarrassed, so bourbon helped a lot,” Chastain said, giggling. “But the level of trust was high.”

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Venice International Film Festival: Scenes From A Marriage

Yesterday, September 5, Jessica was again at the 78th Venice Film Festival to attend the screening of episodes 3, 4, & 5 of “Scenes From A Marriage”. Check and enjoy all the images in the gallery.

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Venice International Film Festival: Scenes From A Marriage

Yesterday, September 4, Jessica attended the photocall and press conference for her new television series “Scenes From A Marriage” during the 78th Venice International Film Festival. Then with a new look, she attended the screening of episodes 1 & 2 of “Scenes From A Marriage”. You can see all the photos in the gallery. I hope to add more soon.

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Venice International Film Festival

We have new images of Jessica! Today she attended the screening of “The Hand Of God” during the 78th Venice International Film Festival and, as always, she looked beautiful! You can see all the photos in the gallery. Below are the photo albums links.

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Jessica Chastain for L’Officiel China

Jessica appears on the cover of China’s L’Officiel magazine (September issue) with a beautiful and new photo shoot that she recently did with photographer Alexi Lubomirski. You can enjoy the photos in the gallery.

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Jessica Chastain Reaches New Heights

The actress opens up about her upcoming film, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, and television series, Scenes from a Marriage.

In 2012, not long after Jessica Chastain wrapped Zero Dark Thirty, a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller about the search for Osama Bin Laden that garnered the 44-year-old actress her second Academy Award nomination, she took a serious look at the Hollywood around her.

“I immediately saw there weren’t a lot of options for women, at least in terms of great characters that are different. Actresses were regulated to a single type,” says Chastain, talking via Zoom while on vacation with friends and family in Italy. Studying acting and repertory theater at Juilliard in New York had given her a wide breadth of choice roles, but, suddenly, she opened her eyes to see that the film world might be “a tad limiting in terms of what people were offering.”

It was around that time that Chastain stumbled on the 2000 documentary The Eyes of Tammy Faye. Narrated by RuPaul, it’s about the life of the late Tammy Faye Messner, a Christian TV personality, singer and evangelist often parodied for her marriage to Jim Bakker (who was later imprisoned for fraud and conspiracy), not to mention her over-the-top style, which included heavy makeup and a perpetual tan. Messner died in 2007 of colon cancer.

“I knew about Tammy from what I’d seen on Saturday Night Live, but I actually had never seen her give an interview until I watched the documentary,” Chastain says. “My impression from sketch television was that she cried all the time, she was a crook and always had mascara running down her face.”

But Chastain found herself particularly moved by the film and Messner’s message that “everyone is deserving of love,” she explains. So she called her agent and manager and bought the narrative feature film rights to the documentary herself.

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Why televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker was the hardest role of Jessica Chastain’s career

Jessica Chastain’s whole body was shaking. She’d never been this nervous on a film set — not with the kind of anxiety that gave her trouble breathing.

What am I so afraid of? The thought reverberated in her head. She’d played a superhero so powerful she could rearrange the structure of matter. The ringleader of a high-stakes underground Hollywood poker game. A CIA analyst who took down Osama bin Laden.

But this was Tammy Faye Bakker, the infamous televangelist recognized more for her heavy makeup than the fact that her husband, Jim, stole millions from his own parishioners. To play her, Chastain would put on gobs of mascara and lip liner, adopt a thick Minnesotan accent and belt out songs about loving Jesus.

“I was scared the people were going to make fun of me,” the actor recalled of her on-set jitters. “And there’s going to be a lot to make fun of if I fail because it’s so out there. I’m swinging for the fences here.”

But that was the reality Bakker — who died in 2007 after a long bout with cancer — faced every day. Remembering the ridicule Bakker endured — and ultimately ignored — allowed Chastain to quell her panic: “You have to let go of your ego and wanting to look cool. This is connecting you to her.”

“The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” out Sept. 17, will mark the culmination of Chastain’s near-decade-long journey to bring Bakker’s story to the big screen. In 2012, while on the press tour for “Zero Dark Thirty,” she was switching through the TV channels in her hotel room when she stumbled across a documentary on Bakker. Chastain had seen the film — directed by Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey in 2000 —- before, but on this night she connected with it on a different level.

So she secured the rights to the doc, which had the same name as the eventual feature film. She had yet to establish her production company, Freckle Films, but still found a home for the project at Fox Searchlight. The studio will debut the film next month at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the 44-year-old Chastain will receive the event’s Tribute Actor Award.

She has another movie playing at the festival — “The Forgiven,” a drama co-starring Ralph Fiennes — and also will appear in an HBO limited-series remake of Ingmar Bergman’s “Scenes From a Marriage” beginning Sept. 12.

From her home in the countryside of New York, where only birdsong interrupted her speech, Chastain spoke to The Times about playing Bakker.

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Scenes From A Marrige: Official Trailer

On Sunday, September 12, the remake of Scenes From A Marriage, the famous classic Swedish miniseries by Ingmar Bergman, hits the HBO screen. This remake stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain under the direction of Hagai Levi.

The story introduces us to Mira (Chastain), an ambitious and self-confident tech executive who is dissatisfied with her marriage to Jonathan (Isaac), a cerebral and complacent philosophy professor who is desperate to keep the technology intact. her relationship. Each episode will present the complexity of these two individuals who know that their marriage is not being destroyed by a single specific event or failure and that they are experiencing mixed feelings between hate and love.

The series can be seen through the traditional HBO signal on television and on HBO Max.

Some details of the five episodes that make up this limited series have also been revealed that you can read below:

  1. Innocence and Panic – September 12
    After a tense day of reflection and outreach, Mira and her husband Jonathan face the consequences of unexpected news. (Screenplay by Hagai Levi and Amy Herzog; directed by Hagai Levi)
  2. Poli – September 19
    When Mira returns from a business trip with an overwhelming revelation, she and Jonathan struggle to process the complicated shaking. (Written and directed by Hagai Levi)
  3. Valley of Tears – September 26
    Jonathan and Mira share everything they have learned since the split, rekindling old connections at the risk of exacerbating latent wounds. (Written and directed by Hagai Levi)
  4. The Illiterate – October 3
    Jonathan and Mira meet again and explore the root of their connection, but eventually find the source of their animal urges. (Written and directed by Hagai Levi)
  5. In the middle of the night, in a dark house, somewhere in the world – October 10
    No official synopsis. (Screenplay by Hagai Levi and Amy Herzog; directed by Hagai Levi)