The Last Duel releases in theaters today. The historical drama from Ridley Scott featuring a script by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Nicole Holofcener. It stars Jodie Comer, Adam Driver, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck. The film centers on the last legally sanctioned duel in the history of France. It tells the story of a heinous event from the perspective of the three main characters, The premise goes like this:
Marguerite de Carrouges (Comer) makes a claim that she’s been raped by her husband’s best friend and squire Jacques Le Gris (Driver). Jean de Carrouges (Damon) challenges him to a trial by combat. Le Gris’s confidant and friend Count Pierre d’Alencon (Damon) gives him every advantage through the process. It’s the last legally sanctioned duel to the death in France’s history.
Jodie Comer Ties The Entire Film Together With Her Performance
At the press junket for the film, Comer spoke in detail about acting with the three other titans of film in the movie and what was the most exciting aspect of doing a scene with multiple points of view.
I think the most exciting aspect was the fact I’d never done it before. And it was so new. You know, when, usually, when you approach a character, it’s none of your concern, what the other character thinks of you. [LAUGH] Y-you know, you don’t have to worry about what they need from you. Whereas, on this film, you really had to think about what the other actor, character, needed from you in that moment in order to for their story to ring true to them. Um, and you never have to usually think about that. So, I think that was definitely exciting.
Ben Affleck went on to say during the junket about Adam Driver and Jodie Comer’s difficulty of performance.
They’ll have different experiences. And that those experiences, oftentimes, are rooted in-in where they’re coming from, what their needs are, what their values are, and so forth. But really, I certainly didn’t have a challenging role, in that aspect, because my character exists predominantly in Adam Driver’s role. Though, sort of the influence of my character pervades the other two. But, um, Jodie and Adam had the most difficult…
I mean, the degree of difficulty of-of that performance, I think, is-is, they’re very self-effacing, in a way. You don’t really realize how hard it is to play three different characters.
Either way, all four of the main actors in the film gave great performances that held the film up. You can see The Last Duel in theaters right now.
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