Calling Roles: Adrien Brody Talks Wasting Himself for ‘The Pianist’ and Became a Star in ‘King Kong’

There are likely few careers that epitomize the tides of stardom in Hollywood like the one that Adrien Brody has experienced thus far.

The 48-year-old Queens native took early dues roles in films such as the 1991 project called The boy who cried the bitch The 1994 sports fiction that feels happy Angels outside. Worked opposite Tupac Shakur in 1996 bulletimpressed critics in 1998 Resturantand soon came to the attention of distinguished authors such as Terrence Malik (who cast Brody in a leading role in the epic Contemplative Warfare). The thin red line before he carved out most of his screen time) and Spike Lee (who hired the versatile actor to play evil rocker Richie in his sweaty serial killer movie). Sam summer).

His burgeoning career reached its climax with pianistRoman Polanski’s 2002 drama about the Polish-Jewish composer and Holocaust survivor Wadislaw Szpilman. Brody dropped 31 pounds, gave up his car, apartment and other possessions to call him Szpilman suffers, and learns how Chopin plays the role. He received a surprise win at the 2003 Academy Awards, beating Jack Nicholson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Michael Caine and Nicolas Cage to become the youngest man to win Best Actor at the age of 29. A quick kiss on Halle Berry, a moment the Academy still calls “a favourite” but hasn’t aged well over time, which the actress doesn’t look at very fondly.)

Adrien Brody in 2002 pianist. (Photo: Focus Features/Courtesy Everett Group)

As expected, Hollywood really came around then. Night Shyamalan personally recruited Brody for a top secret loan the village (2004). Peter Jackson recruited him to play a major role in king kong character (2005). Wes Anderson welcomed him into his usual company of weird festival players in Darjeeling Ltd. (2007). Rian Johnson threw it in his ring brick tracking, Bloom Brothers (2008).

Despite this, dozens were misfortune. After 2010 PredatorsBrody has moved away from the big-budget movie industry. And after Woody Allen (2011 .) midnight in Paris) and another Anderson collaboration (2014 .). Grand Budapest Hotel), his works rarely made much noise.

Entering television with a role in the fourth season of the BBC meager masks In 2017, Brody reconsidered the public. Now, five years later, it’s on fire again.

Coming from the year he starred in his fourth set of Anderson, which was critically acclaimed French Dispatchand an unforgettable guest appearance on the hit HBO hit series SuccessionBrody will soon appear in Adam McKay’s buzzing Los Angeles Lakers series win time (played by Coach Pat Riley) and his encounter with Ana de Armas in Marilyn Monroe’s biographical film Blonde.

Adrien Brody in Clean (IFC Films / The Everett Collection)

Adrien Brody in Cleaning. (Photo: IFC Films/The Everett Collection)

This week, though, Brody is starring in the gritty, slow-motion thriller Cleaning, a passionate project that the actor describes as a decade long co-written (with director Paul Solette), produced and recorded. Starring as the namesake, a fickle garbage collector with a tragic and violent past, his new protective role on a teenage girl leads to a fickle clash with local gangsters.

“It’s been more than 10 years and I wanted to tell a copy of it Cleaning And I had this personality in my head, Brody says. “I was waiting for something similar to come my way for whatever reason it didn’t. I feel like I’ve spent my life working, working with really great filmmakers…but that’s my teenage fantasy to play a character like Clean.”

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In our last episode of role call (Watch above), Brody talks through a few highlights from his work throughout his life. Some excerpts below:

About suffering for his art while preparing pianist:

“An actor’s responsibility is to do what they can to house the individual they are playing. The more the individual feels on screen, the more truth that has to emerge, and there is so much that is needed. You can’t act like you’re gaunt, and that was really important for storytelling… So I had to go on a starvation diet and it went down to 129 pounds for this role and then I had to get it back straight away because we shot in reverse chronology… I had to learn to play good extended parts of Chopin’s musical and anecdotal for the sequences Roman wanted to film, and neither I read music…so I had to learn it through a very technical muscle memory and append what I learned all the time the way.Interestingly, all these things and the certain sacrifices I made and my separation from the rest of my things that I felt were distracting from my life really put me in that area.”

After following up on his Oscar win by playing the mentally challenged Noah Percy the village:

“It was a difficult time for me. I had to make a decision at a time where [like M. Night Shyamalan]I was facing quite a bit of scrutiny, obviously. To play a character who might have been off course would be the logical choice for an actor in my position at the time. And because I love his work, and my style over the years of working with all those interesting directors I’ve been blessed to work with, I’ve always followed through with the role that spoke to me. If you talk to me somehow, and it has a degree of risk and it has a complexity that requires me to learn something and it is different from something I’ve already done… Those were the main codes that said you should move on.”

On becoming an action movie star in king kong characterFollow Peter Jackson to his Oscars Lord of the rings Triple:

King Kong, Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody, 2005 (c) Universal / courtesy Everett Collection

Naomi Watts and Adrien Brody in 2005 king kong character. (Photo: Universal / courtesy Everett Collection)

“What I loved about Peter Jackson king kong character This character was [screenwriter Jack Driscoll]if you look at the original [1933 version]He had such a shallow portrayal of that character. [He] He was the ship’s first companion…. It doesn’t really look, in my opinion, like he really loves and craves [actress and love interest Anne Darrow]. It’s been greatly improved and has become considerably more accurate and sensitive…it was also at the time Universal’s biggest movie. They never invested in it [much money] In a feature film. Peter was creating a huge studio by doing this. It was an enormous task. I’ve never seen anything like this before.”

When joining the HBO hit Succession In his third season as billionaire broker Josh Aronson:

“I like Succession. I love writing and these actors obviously thrive in these roles which is great. I think she’s pretty entertaining, and she talks about a lot of what’s wrong in the world… and you know, she was a great character. The writers and creative team have been really, really good to me and given me a lot of opportunities to do something special with that.”

Cleaning It is currently in theaters and is broadcasting on all major platforms.

– Video produced by Ann Lilbourne and edited by John Santo

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