"The sixtieth birthday was a market. I lived in denial until a minute past midnight"
Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci are best friends since starring together in a Holocaust movie more than twenty years ago, but only now are they joining forces in the acclaimed drama "Supernova" in which they play a couple whose lives change because of the dementia of one of them.
An interview about what was and what will be
Tuesday, 05 July 2022, 00:05
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Trailer for the movie "Supernova" (Lev Cinema)
In the early 2000s, Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth met in the filming of the TV drama "The Final Solution," which dealt with the Vanza conference.
The bald and bespectacled American actor played Adolf Eichmann, and the British star the Nazi jurist Wilhelm Stuckert.
Obviously, it was not a pleasure to tinker with such materials, but at least they benefited each other.
The two became good friends, and the bond grew stronger under sad circumstances.
In 2009, Tochi's wife, Kate, passed away.
Following this, he left New York and moved to London with his three children, thus getting even closer to Firth, who also lives in London and is also the father of three children.
The relationship remained friendly and unprofessional, until a few years ago, Tucci received from a young British filmmaker Harry McQueen a script for a drama called "Supernova", an intimate and chamber drama that has only two main characters, and came to two conclusions: he wants to play him, and he wants the Firth by his side.
Even without bothering to ask for the director's permission, the American actor passed the script to his British friend, who to his delight was enthusiastic as well.
And so, two decades after their first professional encounter, the two found themselves uniting forces in the "Supernova."
Firth plays a writer and Tucci his partner of twenty years, a musician who has just been diagnosed with dementia, which changes his life and the dynamics between him and his lover.
The film premiered about two years ago, but is only coming out this weekend, after a delay due to the corona.
Prior to its distribution, I participated in a Zoom talk with the Hemed duo featuring a group of journalists from Europe.
The two are good friends, but each has his own character and form of speech, which may also be influenced by the cultures from which they came.
Firth has a dry British humor, and Tucci is endowed with aggressive balconies.
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Stanley and Colin win, two kisses on the forehead.
Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth in 2014 (Photo: GettyImages, David Bennett)
"Because Stanley is the one who brought me the script, it didn't feel like a job offer to me," Firth says.
"The film itself didn't feel like a job to me either, but simply like an experience - both because of the friendships with Stanley and because I fell in love with the script. It has beautiful simplicity."
Have you had a personal affinity for the subject of dementia?
"Yes, this disease is present in my family, so I have a personal affinity. I have no insights to help deal with it. As part of the simplicity of the script, my character says a simple but resonant sentence about dealing with the disease and its consequences - 'I'm not good at it.' Everyone who is close to him feels like he's suffering from dementia, and there are a lot of people like that. It's a very common disease. Let's take a moment to look out the window of this zoom call. In anxiety and fear. "
At one point, the film shows the demented man's desire to end his life due to his condition.
"I can understand him," Tucci says of the protagonist.
"He wants to be remembered as a person who was, not as a person who became. He does not want the people close to him to suffer, and that is perhaps the most important point: when you are in this situation, people around you are required to sacrifice themselves to take care of you, and you do not want them to sacrifice so much."
From "Supernova" (Photo: Lev Cinema)
The careers of the two hardly need to be presented.
They have appeared in dozens of roles and won numerous awards - Firth at the Oscars for "The King's Speech", Tochi Bami and the Golden Globe for "Winchel", and he was also part of the "Spotlight" team that won the Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble.
Of course it is interesting to have a more general conversation with the two, about playing techniques, and this is also the stage where the American star comes to life.
"Getting into a character and staying within the character? I know it's an accepted method, but I don't believe in it, it's exhausting," he says.
"In general, I do not believe in such and such techniques, nor do I think it matters. For us, as viewers, one thing is important: to believe in an actor who plays a character. What does it matter how the actors do it? Let them do what they want and what is convenient for them, as long as it "I do not interfere with the film and watching it. Personally, I think you have to prepare best and become your character before you turn on the camera. From then on, it's simple - you become a character, then you just put her in front of the camera, finish work and go eat something."
"When I was learning acting, they worked with us on all sorts of techniques," Firth says.
"Some were effective, some did not work for me, but worked for others, and if something works for someone, then he should adopt it. Personally, I think so - as soon as the camera starts working, you need to let things roll. Stop working on your character and sure. "Ask chase after her, because if you chase after something, he will not get infected. We were so emotionally involved with our characters in this film, that things happened without us using any methods. A lot of emotional highs came of their own accord without any labels."
Together to the end.
From "Supernova" (Photo: Lev Cinema)
Firth and Tochi are the same age, and this year celebrated their 61st birthday. "So many people have asked me about this age, how do you think I feel about it"?
"I did not want to be sixty and I do not want to be 61, and the next birthday will be even worse. There is no hope."
"The big market was a sixtieth birthday," Firth says.
"I was not ready for it, and I lived in denial until a minute past midnight. Sixty is a piece of number. As a kid, I thought adults older than me were a different breed of human beings. Over time you realize it happens to you too, and pretty quickly. With age, the roles I play also change. "When I was twenty, I played naive or in love people, then I went through the crises of menopause, and of course age also has an effect. I can no longer play a 20-year-old. I can play a sixty-year-old, and with a little makeup I can also play an eighty-year-old."