Eva Green began her career in Innocent in 2003, and paid tribute to the director.
Before being a James Bond girl in Casino Royale, and confirm its presence on the radar hollywood with Kingdom of Heaven, At the crossroads of the worlds : the compass of gold or, later, 300 : birth of an Empire, Eva Green started her career in her native country. In 2003, she appeared on the screens in her first big role, in the Innocents, Bernardo Bertolucci.
Of the first not significant for the actress, who was giving the replica Louis Garrel and Michael Pitt in this story of the trio in love in a twisted, where an American crosses the road of twin movie-goers in the Paris of may ‘ 68. Fifteen years after, while the filmmaker’s cult is dead at 77 years of age, the actress has paid tribute in The Hollywood Reporter.
Bertolucci on the set of the Innocent, with Louis Garrel
Eva Green has written a text, to talk about the director of Last Tango in Paris and 1900 :
“He gave me my first role – I think I was 22 years old – so I always have the impression that I owe him everything. I was such a fan of Last Tango in Paris – I had the poster in my room – that I wanted more than anything to have the role in his film. And maybe because it was my first film, this is probably one of my best experiences. We used to go to his house every weekend, and Bernardo told us anecdotes about the films he has made, on the music and art in the 60’s. He was so kind and generous, a father figure in any way.
I called always Little Buddah. There was something very wise to him, with her look so saucy and mischievous, but sweet. I have learned so much from him. He was very open to the spontaneity, the unexpected. For example, we were shooting a scene in the kitchen and my hair caught fire. And Michael Pitt, I jumped on it to extinguish the fire. Bernardo has continued to film. If you look at the film carefully, you can see my hair on fire for a second.
Eva Green, birth
Because it was my first film, my parents were worried. They thought that I was going to come out damaged because there were stories about what had happened to Maria Schneider The Last Tango in Paris. But I met Bernardo for the trials and I liked the atmosphere.
I don’t want to undermine the experience of Maria Schneider. I am sure that it has actually suffered. But from my own experience, it has always been a gentleman. Very respectful. He knew how much I was nervous for the sex scenes but I was never pushed. He left us to do. There was never anything weird. There are so many filmmakers worst – it was just a wonderful person and a maestro.“
A tribute as simple as touching the part of Eva Green, who is aware of the sulfurous aura of the filmmaker, but sharing his admiration and respect for an artist who has marked the history of cinema with The Conformist, Little Buddha, The Last Emperor, or even A tea in the Sahara.