November 22, 2013
Elizabeth Olsen is on the brink of stardom with the coming blockbusters “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” to be released in 2015, and “Godzilla,” which will be out next year.
So far, the budding actress is best known for her critically acclaimed turn in “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and other indies like “Kill Your Darlings,” starring Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg, which is out now. Oh, and yes, she also happens to be the younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
The beautiful actress glided into the claustrophobic room at the Conrad Hotel in Manhattan’s financial district last week, dressed casually and looking radiant, to discuss her role in the new Spike Lee thriller “Oldboy,” which will be released Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.
The previous night, the actress had just completed her final performance of “Romeo and Juliet” Off Broadway. “It feels so good to be done,” she said. She described the experience as fun but exhausting. “It’s funny, I had such an itch to do a play, and I did it and once it was the last performance I was, ‘Get me out of here!’” she laughed. “I feel like that about genres. I got that out of my system, on to the next!”
“Oldboy” is Spike Lee’s reinterpretation of the Korean revenge thriller directed by Park Chan Wook, which came out a decade ago and won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival. It became an instant cult classic but didn’t have a wide American audience. Spike Lee’s reimagining of the cult class is violent in so many creative ways and is definitely not for the squeamish.
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November 15, 2013
When Elizabeth Olsen burst on the scene in 2011, it still seemed at least a little bit reasonable to ask about her older sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. (I fell into that trap back then, too.) Now, it’s not: With a resume that includes “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” “Liberal Arts,” “Oldboy” and next year’s “Godzilla,” Olsen has transformed from the Olsen twins’ younger sister to one of the best young actors working today.
Directed by Spike Lee, “Oldboy” (out Nov. 27) is a remake of the South Korean cult classic of the same name from director Park Chan-wook. The new film stars Josh Brolin as Joe, a man who is mysteriously kidnapped and held in a makeshift prison for 20 years before being inexplicably released. Olsen plays Marie, a doctor who helps Joe (the less you know about Marie, the better).
Olsen, 24, is a fun person to interview. (It’s almost as if she doesn’t yet realize that having fun in an interview setting is not one of her job requirements.) It helped, too, on this day, that Olsen was finally able to admit she’s set to co-star as Scarlet Witch in “Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” one of 2015′s most anticipated blockbuster releases. We discussed that role at length, but only after clearing up that Olsen is not Michael Imperioli, her “Oldboy” co-star.
You’re not Michael Imperioli.
I’m not! Did you think you were meeting Michael Imperioli?
I was told that I was talking to him first.
I’m so sorry! I’d be much more excited to walk into a room with him there. I love that man.
No, no, it’s a surprise but a pleasant surprise.
Oh, OK. [laughs]
“Oldboy” is an interesting movie to come out Thanksgiving weekend.
Isn’t that crazy? It’s such a weird Thanksgiving weekend movie. Like, there’s no moral compass to it. People keep asking, “What do you want people to get out of this movie?” I’m like, “I don’t know. Entertainment?”
I’m imagining families at the theater saying, “So, ‘Frozen’ is sold out. Maybe we should take the kids to see ‘Oldboy’?”
“Oh, what’s that about? It’s that Spike Lee movie.”
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[x032] Public Appearances > 2013 > November 11: Oldboy New York Premiere
Also, the premiere of Oldboy will take place tonight in New York, so check back for more updates later!
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