Emily Blunt Says &#039The Tides Are Turning&#039 For Ladies In Action Films

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Emily Blunt stars as Kate Macer in Sicario. She says the film raises questions about the definition of strength: &quotIs it somebody who has a gun and does bad things? Or is strength actually strength of character and strength of maintaining your ideals?&quot

Emily Blunt stars as Kate Macer in Sicario. She says the film raises queries about the definition of strength: “Is it somebody who has a gun and does undesirable issues? Or is strength truly strength of character and strength of keeping your ideals?” Richard Foreman, Jr. SMPSP/Lionsgate hide caption

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There have been a quantity of films about the War on Drugs and the newest, Sicario, takes the “war” portion of that phrase quite seriously.

Emily Blunt stars as an FBI agent recruited into a U.S. anti-drug operation. The operation works with Mexican safety forces to take down drug cartel kingpins — and crosses physical and moral borders in the approach.

Blunt says her character, Kate Macer, is the closest point to a moral center in the film. “I believe she’s also the audience’s surrogate in several techniques,” Blunt tells NPR’s Audie Cornish, “because she’s dragged into this incoherent world. Even even though she’s a very skilled FBI agent … it is daunting and incoherent to her.”


Interview Highlights

On her understanding of the drug war

I think I was pretty naïve about it to be really honest with you. You know, we hear about ISIS each day of the week and however we do not hear about this war correct at the border. And it really is exponentially bigger and it is just as brutal and however we never hear about it. So as soon as I began to research it, to Google it, to speak to people who recognize that element of the planet — such as our screenwriter who has a brother who is a journalist in that component of the world — it was shocking and definitely a revelation.

On the moral complexity of the film

I believe this is truly capturing the reality of the circumstance which is that it is a war it is an all-out war. You see the gray matter of the scenario. I think that you see that America has some complicity in it, as does the rest of the world. That it’s coming from both sides it is not just them and us, who’s the great guy, who’s the bad guy. I think it really is a film that asks a lot of questions.

On the numerous diverse sides of her character

I think it’s crucial to show distinct layers. Nobody is just tough, nobody is just vulnerable. And so you try and peel back the layers, attempt and make it fascinating, but also play the reality: Which is that genuinely even even though she’s hugely skilled at operating a kidnap response team, she’s restricted to that. She’s never ever genuinely done any investigative work. And she also is pulled into a world that is fully alien to her that she disagrees with, that she resents and tries to rage against.

On playing invincible characters

I consider there are a few films — and I’ve been in one — where you play an action heroine who could take down any guy and she’s constantly got the perfect thing to say. I did this film called Edge of Tomorrow exactly where that was the part. You are playing a hardened warrior. And yet, in this case, she does take some hits. She does throw a punch … but I wouldn’t say she bounces back as rapidly.

“We’ve got to preserve writing fantastic roles for females and preserve forwarding this fight simply because I feel the tides are turning.”

On the paucity of lead roles for ladies in action films

I feel that what takes place usually in Hollywood, in the business, is that they crunch numbers on a film that has previously brought in a lot of income. And so you have got art versus commerce right here. And usually a film is geared toward the opening weekend and it is decided whether it is a very good or negative film based on its opening weekend — which I think is also a terrible issue. …

A film, when it’s being made, is usually geared towards teenage boys as they are the ones who look to be going out and — according to the numbers — purchasing tickets. But as my mother would say: Properly, I’m not a teenage boy and I don’t want to see a film about robots and aliens. So I consider there’s a enormous majority of folks who are not in that age group or that gender group. …

I just believe that we’ve got to hold writing great roles for girls and hold forwarding this fight because I think the tides are turning.

On recently becoming an American citizen, and producing a joke about realizing that this was “a terrible mistake” after watching the 1st Republican presidential debate

I clearly offended some people. It was undoubtedly not intended that way, it was very considerably a joke. … Actually becoming an American was such a meaningful day for me.

I was thrown a “MURICAN” party by my husband. … I produced Sloppy Joes which I’d in no way made just before, which had been really enjoyable, and some mac and cheese which he made which was fantastic.

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