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Entertainment “I Don’t Think Catherine Is a Maternal Person”: ‘THR Presents’ Q&A With Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult and the Creators of ‘The Great’

00:37  15 december  2021
00:37  15 december  2021 Source:   hollywoodreporter.com

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  Nicholas Hoult: A Tsar Is Born “Are you interested in how I got dog poo on my face when truffling?” asks Nicholas Hoult one chilly October morning, seated at a tucked-away eatery in North Hollywood. Something in the way the 31-year-old Englishman says it — brightly, eagerly, as if he’s offering a tea cake — makes it sound not entirely unenticing. […]So this is how Hoult got dog poo on his face when truffling: It was spring 2021, and the actor was in a forest somewhere outside London filming the second season of The Great, Hulu’s breakout dramedy about the rise of Russia’s 18th century ruler Catherine the Great, which returns Nov. 19.

At Vulture Festival 2021, Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult talk season two of ‘ The Great ,’ the show’s incredible costume and production design, and the challenges of shooting its many violent and intimate scenes. I don ’ t think that Catherine is super- maternal ; she didn’t want to address the pregnancy until she had to — until it starts to kick her and she’s like, “Oh right, a baby’s in there.” She’s too busy thinking up other things. And it’s useful to her, obviously, but then again, it’s going to be a real human being.

Otherwise, I thought I 'd post here to see if anyone has questions they want to ask them, and I 'll What influenced the accent choices Nicholas made? I loved the quick cadence and up-speak of his Subreddit for the Hulu TV Series ' The Great ' starring Elle Fanning & Nicholas Hoult and created The Great is a satirical, comedic drama about the rise of Catherine the Great from outsider to the

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In the second season of The Great, Hulu’s comedic and frequently fabricated biography of Catherine the Great, Elle Fanning’s lead becomes a mother twice. Once is to her son Paul, with whom she’s pregnant for most of the season. The other is to Russia, the country she has officially taken from her husband, Peter (Nicholas Hoult), in a bloody coup.

“We always wanted to run this [parallel] of, she’s having her baby, and Russia’s kind of her baby, and how she was going to manage both of those things at the same time,” Tony McNamara, the creator and executive producer of the series, says in a video chat with THR Presents, powered by Vision Media.

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Elle Fanning is lamenting the fact that her The Great costar Nicholas Hoult did not laugh at her appropriately crude joke. The two, who play Russia's Catherine the Great and Emperor Peter III in the outrageous Hulu dramedy series, have reunited for EW's cover shoot in Savannah (as luck would have it, they're both Among all the bickering and potential backstabbing, there are some genuinely tender moments between Catherine and Peter this season, which may have viewers questioning their feelings about the two as a couple. " I think you should ship it," Fanning admits. "They are a complicated bunch.

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As to how that compares to the work-life balance that modern parents are going through, particularly after quarantine, McNamara laughs. “We do always feel like we’re writing a contemporary show that’s set 300 years ago,” he says.

Plus, it’s not like Catherine is particularly thrilled to be expecting.

“I don’t think Catherine is a maternal person,” Fanning tells The Hollywood Reporter. “The pregnancy is more of a nuisance to her. At least it gives her a time frame. … She’s trying to get everything done in the last months because someone can come and overthrow [her].”

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In “ The Great ” on Hulu, Elle Fanning plays Catherine as a young empress, before she became ruler of Russia via a coup.Credit Andrea Pirrello/Hulu. The real Catherine married Peter when his aunt Elizabeth was still on the throne — in “ The Great ” Elizabeth is a dotty older woman of the royal court — and Peter actually ruled for only six months before Catherine took his throne. He was also notoriously unattractive and had an erectile problem — a far cry from Hoult ’s hunky philanderer — which meant the pair struggled to consummate their marriage, according to Hilde Hoogenboom, a historian at Arizona

Elle Fanningm Nicholas Hoult and ' The Great ' EP Tony McNamara discuss lines between history and fiction are blurred in Hulu’s The Great , but it makes for sharp storytelling that contains the spirit of farce and mixes comedic and dramatic moments. And yes, he also noted that Catherine mostly is known for possibly fornicating with a horse, but, he added, she also was an incredible woman who brought female education to Russia and kept the Enlightenment alive there. McNamara was careful to point out that The Great does play with facts, saying the show is accurate in various spots but, “we’re not trying

Things are further complicated for Catherine this season when she is visited by her mother, Joanna, portrayed by Gillian Anderson.

“Joanna’s a force,” Fanning says, adding that “you get to see this new side of Catherine when her mother shows up. She reverts to her teenage ways and trying to please everyone around her. You can see the background of Catherine’s life growing up.”

But as Catherine hardens and prepares for both kinds of motherhood, her husband softens and becomes less of a totalitarian and egomaniacal ruler obsessed with living up to his father’s legacy.

“It’s not a natural instinct or habit of his to feel remorse or empathy,” Hoult says. “The big thing for Peter this season is becoming a father. … It’s about him starting to affect people and becoming a man.”

The show is also known for its sex scenes that include graphic language and details. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t taken as seriously as they would be if the show were a drama.

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Fanning plays the Russian empress in her new Hulu satirical series, “ The Great ,” which kicks off with Catherine ’s arrival in the country to wed the mercurial, temperamental Peter ( Nicholas Hoult ). Among Fanning ’s other primary scene partners on the show is Phoebe Fox, who plays noblewoman-turned-servant Marial, egging on the Russian empress to take down the petulant Peter. Fox and Fanning became fast friends over the course of the series. “ I love watching those scenes, because we got really close and I think you can see that dynamic on screen that we love each other so much and

For screenwriter Tony McNamara and actress Elle Fanning , quite a lot, actually. He already elevated the genre beyond Masterpiece Theater chintz with his Oscar-nominated script The Favourite. For his treatment of Russian empress Catherine the Great , who famously unseated her husband Peter The 10-part series parleys in the anachronistic, marrying history with ribald dialogue, farcical fictions, and a decidedly modern cadence. McNamara molds Catherine and Peter ( Nicholas Hoult , unselfconsciously brilliant as the insecure ruler) into a clash of wits; he is a toddler-like philistine driving the country into

“It’s not playing it for laughs,” says executive producer Marian Macgowan. “The moments of intimacy are about the emotion between the two characters. Each sex scene is plotted as part of a character’s arc and as part of their story. … You need the audience to understand what the characters are feeling and going through at that particular moment.”

What the series does solidify in no uncertain terms is that Catherine the Great did not have sex with a horse.

“It was a political attack job on her,” McNamara says. “It was important to show how these idiotic things start and continue and take hold and how frustrating it was to her.”

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