Jessica Henwick on Regé-Jean Web page’s Grey Man American Accent

One motive Jessica Henwick wished to hitch Netflix’s latest motion film, “The Grey Man,” was due to its “stellar lineup of actors,” she tells The 2 individuals she set to work most carefully with on the set of the Russo Brothers’ movie have been Chris Evans and “Bridgerton” breakout Regé-Jean Web page. Henwick and Web page are each British and play People within the movie, however they went about making ready for his or her roles fairly in another way.

Web page, Henwick says, stayed in an American accent the complete time they have been filming. “We obtained alongside like a home on fireplace, and it was solely once we completed filming that he broke his American accent, after which I spotted our whole relationship was a lie,” she jokes. “I by no means keep in character. As quickly because the digicam has minimize, I am again to talking like [with my normal accent], whereas he would preserve it from getting within the automotive until leaving.” Henwick would not name it methodology performing precisely, nevertheless it does lean “in that course.” “That is his course of and I completely respect it,” she says.

Henwick thinks Web page is exclusive in with the ability to hold the American accent up on a regular basis whereas working together with her. The actor remembers that when she labored with Nicholas Hoult on 2017’s “Newness,” he did not hand over the accent when Henwick got here on set. “I met him and I went, ‘Oh, hello. So whereabouts in London are you from?’ And inside 5 minutes, he’d caved,” she recollects. “And that is been my expertise with most British actors, they cave throughout the first day of hanging out with me.” She provides, “However Regé, his willpower was simply too sturdy.”

Henwick says it was a pleasure to work with Web page and to play villains collectively. “We stored joking that we have been Crew Rocket from Pokémon, as a result of we might enter scenes, yell at one another, form of f*ck issues up ineffectively, after which depart,” she shares.

One other main a part of the film for Henwick is her character Suzanne’s relationship with Evans’s Lloyd Hansen. Lloyd is the livewire, and it is Suzanne’s job to at all times attempt to rein him in. Suzanne, Lloyd, and Web page’s Denny Carmichael are all faculty mates who entered the CIA collectively. “Within the authentic script, it went into lots of element about particularly their relationship at college, and Lloyd and Suzanne had a really, very darkish historical past. And so I used to be, even once we made it much less express, I wished to deliver that to the desk, that there had been one thing actually turbulent and form of insidious together with her and Lloyd,” she says. “Getting to try this with Regé and Chris was truthfully a blessing.”

And sure, she has an opinion on the mustache Evans grew for the movie. “I ripped into him for the primary week as a result of it was fairly humorous, and he would get meals caught in it, however I feel it really works for the character,” she says. “It is villainous with out being too mustache-twirly. It is a look.”

Henwick describes Suzanne because the “polar reverse” of her common characters. “She’s simmering with feelings, she needs to speak again, and he or she has to swallow her tongue so many instances all through the movie,” she explains. Plus, Henwick typically performs characters who’re heroes and rebels — she actually performed a insurgent pilot in 2015’s “The Power Awakens.” However in “The Grey Man,” Suzanne is in some ways the embodiment of the system, even when viewers may typically establish together with her struggles. “Once we first get launched to her, she’s so undermined by everybody round her that you just assume, ‘Oh, she’s a sufferer. I really feel dangerous for her,'” she says. “Then slowly because the movie goes on, you notice she is a virus and he or she is so poisonous as properly, and that is a lot enjoyable to play.” Henwick really spoke to somebody who works on the CIA to strive to determine why somebody like Suzanne would have sacrificed every little thing to be in her place.

As for her hopes for Suzanne in a sequel? “I might like to . . . watch her turn out to be this supervillain,” Henwick says.

“The Grey Man” is in theaters now and streams on Netflix on July 22.

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