Rachel Weisz puts her lips together and blows
Just like she did in her 2005 Oscar-grabber, THE CONSTANT GARDENER, Rachel Weisz is bravely battling corruption once again. In THE WHISTLEBLOWER, Rachel’s an ex-Nebraska cop who winds up a U.N. peacekeeper in Bosnia, where it turns out the organization is trying to cover up a gigantic sex trafficking scandal. If you think she shuts up about it, you don’t know Rachel Weisz.
After a special screening in New York the other night, Weisz (the new Mrs. Daniel Craig, by the way) kept blabbing, this time about her diverse career choices. Here are her most memorable comments.
About THE CONSTANT GARDENER:
“It completely changed my career and meant that important and interesting directors offered me jobs, whereas before that, I was pleading with them to offer me jobs.”
Directors in general:
“The director sets the tone. That’s his job – to keep the tone of the movie consistent. Wandering tone can break a movie. You hope you get someone who gets it right. It’s alchemy – you never know whether it’s going to work out.”
Sex trafficking, as shown in THE WHISTLEBLOWER:
“It’s rife everywhere in developing countries. The law is very behind that situation, so if you’re caught trafficking in drugs, your sentence will be much lower than if you’re caught trafficking human beings.
“The U.N. does great work,” she added (Weisz was involved with their food drops), “but obviously there are vast numbers of men away from home where they have no accountability of what they do, and they’ve taken advantage of women.”
The U.N.’s response to the film? Weisz said they’ve seen it and “some feel it should be supported and the other half think it should go away. At the end of the day, we have their official line, which is they’re going to ignore it. We’ll see how it plays out!”
Her upcoming projects include THE DEEP BLUE SEA, Terence Davies’ movie based on the Terence Rattigan play. Said Weisz, “I leave my husband for a younger man and a steamy, codependent, torrid love affair. It’s a woman’s bid for freedom set in the 1950s, but very relevant today.”
And she’s done a film with another Terrence, the astonishing Mr. Malick, who could certainly use a constant gardener to water his tree of life. “He’s suddenly become very prolific,” cracked the actress. “He’s making a movie a year, it seems. It doesn’t have a title and I’m not allowed to talk about the plot. It was completely unorthodox and experimental. There was no script and you don’t really know who you’re playing, even.”
No wonder she can’t talk about the plot!