Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike, whose reputation skyrocketed following the release of 2014 film Gone Girl, has been discussing the immense challenges she faced while working on the supremely popular new Netflix film I Care A Lot.
The film, a brilliant dark comedy thriller written and directed by J Blakeson, stars Pike alongside the likes of Peter Dinklage, Eiza González, Chris Messina, and Dianne Wiest, focuses on the story of Marla Grayson, con woman who makes her living by convincing a judge to appoint her guardianship over elders living on their own
The synopsis reads: “Poised with sharklike self-assurance, Marla Grayson is a professional, court-appointed guardian for dozens of elderly wards whose assets she seizes and cunningly bilks through dubious but legal means. It’s a well-oiled racket that Marla and her business-partner and lover Fran use with brutal efficiency on their latest ‘cherry’, Jennifer Peterson — a wealthy retiree with no living heirs or family. But when their mark turns out to have an equally shady secret of her own and connections to a volatile gangster, Marla is forced to level up in a game only predators can play — one that’s neither fair, nor square.”
For Rosamund Pike as Marla, the film offered the most extreme challenges as she is chased by an unruly group of mobsters who operate outside of the law. In fact, in one scene specifically, Pike must be placed to the bottom of a lake, in a car and being asphyxiated by a plastic bag. “You’ve gotta trust the people you’re working with, and it bloody well is about trust, I can tell you,” Pike said in a recent interview.
“It was the most challenging two days of filming I’ve ever done,” she told The West Australian. “Even though your brain knows you’re acting, your sympathetic nervous system does not know you’re acting when you’re struggling and you’re against the clock and you’re trying to get the head rest out of a car, and you’re completely underwater.”
She added: “There would be times after about three or four takes, when I called for my oxygen, I needed to hold the hand of my diving buddy, like I needed her to kind of regulate my panic.”
See the full trailer, below.
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