At the Cannes Film Festival, at the launch of Idol, starring Lily-Rose Depp and The Weeknd, Sam Levinson commented on a Rolling Stone article that claimed the show was a disaster behind the scenes and glorified “torture pornography”.
Lily-Rose Depp in it, she portrays pop star Jocelyn who falls under the influence of a dangerous cult leader Tedrosplayed by Canadian pop-hip hopper star Abel Tesfaye respectively The Weeknd, also co-author of the series. They were all in attendance at the Cannes premiere, where they spoke about the series’ controversy, which was highlighted by a recent article in Rolling magazine Stone.
Last month they were in Rolling magazine Stone published an article with 13 anonymous sources from the production that are happening on set An idol described like “chaotic catastrophe”.
“People can write whatever they want. If I have a minor objection, it’s that they intentionally left out anything that didn’t fit their narrative. But I think we’ve seen a lot of that lately,” said the series co-creator An idol and series creator Euphoria Levinson about the supposed toxicity of the series that produces HBO.
Co-creator and actor Tesfaye he said the process led to a series that will “made some people laugh and made some people angry.” An idol underwent numerous reshoots, cast changes, and director changes before premiering at Cannes, reports IndieWire.
Levinson took over directing all the episodes after it Amy Seimetz left the series, even though production was close to completion at the time. After seeing a rough cut of the nearly finished series, he became the main star and co-creator Tesfaye namely, according to a recent media report, he “decided to make changes” and bring Levinson on board to direct after watching the second season of Euphoria.
“We live in a highly sexualized world”At its Cannes premiere, however, details from the series, which include revenge porn, rape jokes and other potentially problematic references, fueled the interweb. Levinson admitted that he did An idol reaction to that, yes “we live in a highly sexualized world”, and said it was a reflection of how pop culture was pornified.
“Especially in the US, the influence of pornography is really strong in terms of the psyche of young people. And we see that in pop music and how it kind of reflects the underground of the internet,” Levinson said. “I think we’ve had a lot of discussions with this series and working with Lily about who she is like person who [njen lik] it’s Jocelyn like person [in] from this point the sexuality comes from this character. I think it’s very real, which is what almost every pop star does these days.”
Protagonist Depp added that “she has never felt more involved and heard in such conversations”, like when it came to explicit scenes and nudity. “I felt privileged to create this character, from the inside out and from the outside in,” Depp said.
On rumors of a chaotic backstage, she added: “It’s always a bit sad to see these mean, fake things about someone you really care about and know they’re not like that.”
Misunderstanding the directorial approach?Teammate Hank Azaria joked that Depp “always trying to cover with a blanket”, and jokingly asked her if she was “cold” in various states of undress on set. He called rumors about Levinson’s unconventional directing style a misunderstanding of his creative approach.
“It was would, like Yes would went to the recording Not so lively or movie Judd Apatow, where people brilliantly improvise, and would said, ‘Oh, they don’t know their lines,'” Azaria said. “I’ve been on a lot of dysfunctional shoots, and this was the opposite. For the first time in years, I felt challenged.”