Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Quote of the Day

I have absolutely no idea when the Emmys happen but I am guessing that voting might be going on right now, and that's why I am seeing tons of articles  online about things that are nominated? Anyway that what that translates into, in the practical sense for me, is "me seeing lots of interviews with Jonathan Majors" well, that's a net positive gain right there. These on-set photos of Majors from Lovecraft Country -- which he got a Best Actor in a Drama nom for, even though the series was canceled by the dunderheads at HBO -- are via this chat with him for IndieWire which is definitely worth a skim; Majors talks big in every interview I have read with him in a way that would usually annoy me, but his enthusiasm is infectious and his talent has been undeniable ever since he blew me away with The Last Black Man in San Francisco, so I just don't care that the Acting Student Talking Craft comes through so heavily as it always does in his interviews. He gets away with it! His biceps get away with anything they want to! No but seriously did you see his big scene on Loki? This dude is simply beyond.

Anyway that IW interview isn't the interview I want to quote today -- I want to quote what he had to say to Variety, where they talked to him about his costume choices on Lovecraft (thx Mac), because as you're well aware by now I and any human being with eyeballs was riveted to the way Jonathan Majors was costumed on Lovecraft Country. My god. Spilled into them clothes, he was!

"Lead drama actor nominee Jonathan Majors knew early on he wanted a masculine, militaristic simplicity to the 1950s garments of his “Lovecraft Country” character, ex-G.I. Atticus Freeman, to showcase his physical build and proud carriage. 

“His build was something I didn’t want to shy away from in the wardrobe, because I felt you were looking at his DNA,” Majors says. “Because the story is so much about legacy and family, when you see Atticus Freeman, what you’re seeing is essentially the latest version of the Freeman family. One of the things that went along with letting the body be seen was the vulnerability that comes in that.” That vulnerable quality was expressed in the low-necked T-shirts Atticus favored that left his clavicle exposed, Majors says. 

“All the strength that he was living in, [yet] one of the most vital parts of his body was exposed. That gave a great sense of alertness to the situation, that we were in danger.” Majors says a character’s wardrobe, which he tends to embrace and adopt, “has to belong to you. I try to do as little pretending as possible. And so, these clothes have my sweat in them, my cologne is on them, my hair grease is staining the collar in the back. That makes it feel like it’s mine — and it is mine — and therefore I can really infuse it with the story.”"

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