Express meeting with the two new Bond Girls on the set of Mourir can wait, in October 2019, a few days before the end of filming.
First : I feel that you are not going to have the right to say it, but who are your characters in To die can wait ?
Lashana Lynch : You are right, impossible to elaborate! But I can tell you this: Nomi is a black woman in 2019, which I think already says a lot. She’s someone who has a lot of ambition, who knows she’s the best. And she does not hesitate to proclaim it loud and clear, without being afraid of being judged presumptuous or loudmouthed.
Ana de Armas : Paloma is unfiltered. Her doubts and flaws, she expresses them without problem. But that doesn’t stop her from being very good at what she does. It’s a badass, a very fun girl, a little crazy but completely brilliant.
The Bond Girls are always scrutinized with special attention. Does accepting the role mean forcing yourself to undergo enormous pressure?
ADA: I don’t feel particularly pressured. I don’t feel like I have to follow in anyone’s footsteps. I do my own thing. In To die can wait, on the other hand, there is a real evolution of the figure of the Bond Girl, which reflects the evolution of society in recent years.
LL: Same, I’m pretty relaxed about it all. I believe there is enough pressure in this industry not to get over it. But I think my character is going to bring something unique to the franchise. You will see (Laughs.)
What did you discuss with director Cary Fukunaga when you first met? What was he looking for in you?
LL: When I met Cary and Phoebe Waller-Bridge [la créatrice de Fleabag et Killing Eve, qui a peaufiné le script], I was very clear: ‘This is what I want for my character‘. And it was good, them too! I was incredibly lucky, I never had to turn Nomi into soft to do something that would look better on me. In the movie, she is exactly as she was in the script. There were no surprises.
ADA: It’s funny, it reminds me of the time lag between when I spoke with Cary and today. It was such a long shoot… Seven months, right? What was complicated was that I was there from the start, and then I went to shoot a whole other movie for three months. And there I come back finally. It is as if the character had transformed during my absence. I went through other things as an actress and in my private life, and Paloma almost became someone else to me. I look at her with different eyes. So rather than struggle, I incorporated all of that into my game. It’s a pretty new process for me.
How do you prepare to shoot action scenes that require so much physical investment?
LL: It’s a lot, a lot of work. A lot (Laughs.) And not that for us, pretty much the entire cast has to run at one point or another to get away from something. Besides, I have the impression that it amuses the actors who are more used to dramas a lot. It forces them to a more physical interpretation.
ADA: I suspected that I would have to give everything, but I had perhaps underestimated the difficulty of the task (Laughs.) You train two or three hours a day to be in good shape, but when you shoot, you do ten hours. In addition, the guns are super heavy and I wear high heels in the film! Those who think that to turn in a Leap, it is enough to run very fast from point A to point B, they are crashing! You can pretend a lot of things onscreen, but you can’t be strong. You are or not.
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To die can wait, October 6 at the cinema. Trailer :