After dabbling in the genre with Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky is going full horror with the psychological mind fuck mother!, a cult thriller that stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a couple whose relationship that is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
Vogue recently shared a cover story on Lawrence, which eventually turned to Aronofsky’s top secret film and the young actresses performance.
“I hate talking about acting because it’s so hard to talk about it without sounding like a douche,” Lawrence says in her ever-Lawrence way. “I had to go to a darker place than I’ve ever been in my life. . . . I didn’t know if I’d be able to come out OK.”
One moment during filming got so intense, Lawrence told the magazine, that she hyperventilated and dislocated a rib. “I ended up getting on oxygen,” she says. “I have oxygen tubes in my nostrils, and Darren’s like, ‘It was out of focus; we’ve got to do it again.’ And I was just like, ‘Go fuck yourself.’ ”
“She’s a very brave actress with no boundaries and doesn’t need to be hurt in order to create pain,” says Bardem, adding that Lawrence has the “strength of a bull. . . . She’s truly committed to go as far as needed.”
As for Aronofsky, well, he takes it a bit far: “It’s such a raw, natural talent she has,” he continues, with a touch of wonderment. “I always kind of compare her to Michael Jordan.”
In regards to the film’s context, Aronofsky explains: “I think [mother!] works as a truthful, realistic relationship movie . . . but also works on an allegorical plane, too,” further adding that “different people will see it different ways, and I’m always inspired by films you remember and are still talking about a few days later.”
Also starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Domnhall Gleeson, Ed Harris and Kristen Wiig, mother! arrives in theaters September 15, 2017.