Demi Moore says full frontal nudity with Margaret Qualley in ‘The Substance’ required ‘vulnerability’

Demi Moore’s new film, the feminist body horror “The Substance”, sees her completely naked, with several scenes of full nudity. At the Cannes Film Festival press conference for the film on Monday, the 61-year-old actor spoke about the “vulnerable experience.”

“Starting out, it was really spelled out — the level of vulnerability and rawness that was really necessary to tell the story,” Moore said. “And it was a very vulnerable experience and just required a lot of sensitivity and a lot of conversations about what we were trying to accomplish.”

In the film from “Revenge” director Coralie Fargeat, Moore plays a fading celebrity who uses a black market drug that gives the film its name – a cell replication device that eventually creates a younger, better version of herself (Margaret Qualley).

Not only does she have to share space with this new creature, but she also has to spend half her time asleep so the other can thrive. In an early scene where Qualley is “born” so to speak, Moore spends a long time studying her naked body before pulling the drug trigger. When Qualley emerges, she too marvels at her new suit of supple skin. It is a frontal demonstration, austere but perhaps necessary, for both.

Moore also thanked Qualley — who wasn’t present for the press conference because she had to go to a shoot — for making her feel comfortable on set.

“I had someone who was a great partner who I felt very safe with. We were obviously quite close – naked – and we also had a lot of levity in those moments seeing how absurd certain situations were,” she said. ” But finally. it’s just about really directing your communication and mutual trust.

As the film progresses, Moore becomes horribly disfigured thanks to the abuse her other half, Qualley, inflicts on her. By the film’s final act, she looks a lot like Anjelica Huston from the 1990 film “The Witches,” having transformed into a humped abomination.

“It was very strange,” Moore said of seeing himself in the prosthetics on set and at Monday’s first screening. One thing that helped me was that “my dog ​​always recognized me.” It was my touchstone of reality,” she said. The dog in question is Pilaf, a purse dog who has been stealing hearts around the world in recent weeks, sitting front row with Moore at the Gucci cruise collection show and posing for photos on the Croisette.

Dennis Quaid also stars in the film as an “ahole”, as he described his character during the press conference. The late Ray Liotta was supposed to play the role before his passing in May 2022, and Quaid dedicated his performance to him.

“In my heart I dedicated this role to Ray Liotta, who was to play it,” Quaid said. “It was this week, two years ago, that he passed away, so I would like to remember him. He was such an incredible actor.

Cannes went wild for “The Substance” at its premiere Sunday night, giving the film an 11-minute standing ovation, the longest of the festival so far.

In an interview with Varietythe French director discussed the film’s feminist themes, saying that body horror is “the ideal vehicle to express the violence that all these women’s issues represent.”

With an undercurrent of #MeToo at this year’s festival as the movement grows in France, Fargeat hopes the film will shine even more light on the issue. “It’s a small stone in the huge wall that we still have to build on this issue, and to be honest, I hope that my film will also be one of the stones in this wall. That’s really what I intended to do with it.

Gn entert
News Source : www.nbcnews.com


With a penchant for words, Eleon Smith began writing at an early age. As editor-in-chief of his high school newspaper, he honed his skills telling impactful stories. Smith went on to study journalism at Columbia University, where he graduated top of his class. After interning at the New York Times, Smith landed a role as a news writer. Over the past decade, he has covered major events like presidential elections and natural disasters. His ability to craft compelling narratives that capture the human experience has earned him acclaim. Though writing is his passion, Eleon also enjoys hiking, cooking and reading historical fiction in his free time. With an eye for detail and knack for storytelling, he continues making his mark at the forefront of journalism.
Back to top button