Monday 23 October 2017

Hirsch: I had Bonnie And Clyde ban

Emile Hirsch plays outlaw Clyde Barrow in Bonnie And Clyde
Emile Hirsch plays outlaw Clyde Barrow in Bonnie And Clyde

Emile Hirsch has revealed how he decided not to watch the Bonnie And Clyde film before he tackled the role himself.

The Into The Wild star, who plays notorious outlaw Clyde Barrow in the TV film alongside Holliday Grainger as his screen lover Bonnie Parker, admitted he purposely banned himself from seeing the 1967 movie, which starred Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the famed pair.

"Well, the first thing I did was to not watch the original Bonnie And Clyde with Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. And I coincidentally had never seen it. It was the one chink in my cinematic armour," he said.

"So I didn't go back and fill that chink and watch it, and I was glad that I didn't, because sometimes when an actor watches something that has already been done, it's very tempting to just ape what the other actor's done - copy them, mimic them, be a parrot. So I didn't take the bird route and put my own spin on the role."

But once shooting finished, the actor was happy to check out Warren's take on the character.

"As soon as I wrapped, I was dying to see it. I couldn't wait. I loved it. It's a wonderful, wonderful movie," Emile said. "But I was also shocked by how completely different it was than ours."

The 29-year-old also revealed filming in the period costumes in Louisiana's Baton Rouge wasn't easy.

"We were bubbling and boiling in those clothes, but that's what they wore back then, so that was what it took," the actor explained. "And it was really important to always be wearing the suits because Clyde was very, very, very, very concerned about his appearance."

Bonnie And Clyde is available on DVD now.

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