Scarlett Johansson Talks About Using The Mind Of Lucy Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.23.2014
The film arrives Friday...
In an interview with IGN, Scarlett Johansson spoke about playing the title character in Luc Besson's Lucy, which opens on Friday.
On how the film is different from a normal action movie: "Lucy is certainly a product of 10 years of work that Luc has put into researching and investigating [this topic]. He was fascinated with this idea of our own capacity and also, I think, these themes of human connectivity and the possibility, you know, outside of what we know and what we see. I think it's kind of a glimpse into the possibility of, what is intangible? The things that we're blocked by, you know, maybe blissfully ignorant of because of the confines of our everyday life. It definitely has...You know, it's a Besson movie in the sense that it's action-packed and all that stuff, but I think it's an evolution of all the work that he's done in the past."
On what would happen if a real person got Lucy's abilities: "I think that's an interesting question. Because I think what the film kind of suggests is that once you're at that level of intelligence, the intricacies and characteristics that give us our own sense of identity are sort of irrelevant. Of course, the idea of hubris being an excess of that, a real sense of your place in the world as being something that's kind of your own individual journey and the importance of that, that doesn't vibe with the theory that Luc is going with, that you become part of this greater sense of belonging with everything around you, that your brain is sort of expansive. It becomes less about your own identity and more about a universal identity. That makes more sense to me, I think. With a greater understanding and awareness, you would actually have a better sense of your insignificance. [Laughs] As opposed to your own importance, I guess."
On the challenge of playing a character like Lucy: "I think the challenge for me was really playing a character that's in a constant state of transition, because it's totally abstract. The things that are happening to her are completely abstract and impossible to relate to. I could imagine it, but it could never be as incredibly complex as the "reality" of what she's going through. For me, it was about, okay, if you lose total sense of yourself, like everything blacks out and there's a little pin of light that is you, what do you see through that small pinhole? And it's things that are almost childlike, at the end of it. Your vision becomes more and more narrow, and you're just having a flash of memories, because all of these overwhelming things are happening to you. Certainly picking up on little things, like what it feels like to be touched or the colors that remind you of something from your past -- things that are very primal. It was a challenge to hold onto those things. I think the challenge was to not make the performance totally robotic by the end, and to try to keep the audience invested in her as a person, so it didn't just become some kind of vengeance story or something like that, where it's just a big, kick-a**...whatever, explosive thing."