Although Oppenheimer was unanimously hailed as one of the films of the year, it also received some criticism.
One focused, once again, on how little narrative weight Christopher Nolan gives to his female characters. This criticism, now commonplace in the filmmaker’s career, led him to apologize to Florence Pugh, who plays Jean Tatlock in the film.
In any case, this is what the actress assured. In an interview with MTV UK Pugh reviewed some of his moments with the Oppenheimer director. She revealed that Nolan approached her to apologize for giving her such a small role. “I really didn’t know what was going on or what was being done,” Pugh says of the film. “What I knew was that Chris really wanted me to know that it wasn’t a very big role, and that he would understand if I didn’t want to do it,” she adds.
Despite this, Pugh didn’t hesitate to take the job so he could collaborate with Christopher Nolan. “I was like, ‘It doesn’t matter. Even if I’m a coffee machine in the back of the room, it’s gone “”, she jokes. ” I remember [Nolan] apologized for the pettiness of the role. I said, ‘Please don’t apologise’. And he was like, ‘We’ll send you the script and, honestly, you’ll read it and decide if it’s like… I totally understand that it’s not great,'” he continues.
“I remember that night, when I received the script, I was like, ‘I don’t need it… I know I’m going to do it,'” says Pugh, delighted to be part of it. ‘Oppenheimer. In the film, her role as Tatlock is limited to being the mistress of the father of the atomic bomb and a member of the communist party. And that’s not the most controversial aspect of the film, which was censored in some Asian and Middle Eastern countries for nudity and for including fragments of the Hindu holy book Bhagavad Gita in sexual footage.
Florence Pugh defends Christopher Nolan
Despite these criticisms, Florence Pugh has always defended the work of Christopher Nolan, saying that Oppenheimer was one of the best experiences of his career. “Everyone took great pride in their own work and that meant everyone was constantly trying to be better the next day. And I had never seen this feeling on a film set before,” she said in an interview with BBC Radio 1 in April.
Pugh’s commitment to Christopher Nolan has always been total. And the good results of the film at the box office managed to silence the few dissenting voices. Oppenheimer has grossed $724.8 million worldwide to date. Excluding US receipts, the film earned $435 million in international markets. This makes it the director’s highest-grossing film outside of the United States.
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