Joe Sharkey, the author of Above Suspicion posted a blog about the filming of the movie that just wrapped up last Sunday. He talks about how it was a joy to see Emilia play the role of Susan Smith and more. There are also 2 photos of him with Emilia looking beautiful on the set that have been added to the gallery!
JOESHARKEY.COM – I’ve just come back from an interesting trip to the location shoot in isolated Harlan, Ky., for the movie adaptation of my 1993 book, “Above Suspicion.” The working title for the movie was unaccountably changed on location to “Blood Mountain,” and more on that in a minute.
The movie stars Emilia Clarke, famously of “Game of Thrones,” and Jack Huston, who will be seen in the leading role of the $200 million remark of the biblical epic “Ben-Hur” to be in the theaters in mid-August.
It was a real joy to be on the set and watch Emilia dig bravely and energetically into the challenging role of Susan Smith, a smart, sassy, dysfunctional coal-miner’s daughter in impoverished southern Appalachia who foolishly ties her impossible dreams to a young, dashing FBI agent who employs her as his high-producing criminal informant. But then he kills her when she threatens to ruin his marriage and his FBI career by exposing the furtive, desperate sexual affair she has enticed him into. Jack Huston plays that FBI agent with uncanny verisimilitude. Sophie Lowe plays his wife; Thora Birch plays the dead girl’s sister; and Austin Hebert and Johnny Knoxville play the agent’s local police pal and the dead girl’s ne’er-do-well ex-husband as hard-charging good ol’ boys from eastern Kentucky. It is a terrific young cast.
The shoot was a tough one, given the remote locale in Harlan, population 1,800. Harlan is incidentally also the regional locale for the gritty and popular FX cable series “Justified,” about a U.S. marshal working the same crime-ridden mountain towns.
“Above Suspicion” wrapped last Sunday, by which time cast and crew had bonded so well that the wrap was more like the end of summer camp, with hugs, email exchanges, and photos. Not all movie shoots end like that.
I’d never spent any time on a movie shoot before, and I went to Harlan anticipating that I would be politely received and then expected to stay out of the way. Instead, as a consultant for the movie, I was welcomed graciously by cast and crew, and invited to remain on the set — even to the point where Phillip Noyce, the director, asked me to sit beside him as he directed key scenes, including the poignant final scene played by a radiant Emilia. I am confident that that last scene of hers will send audiences out of theaters with tears in their eyes, once the movie is released in 2017.
Sunday’s finale of Game of Thrones was EPIC! I loved it so much! Glad we got some answers – finally – and glad Danerys is finally going to conquer her throne (and Jon??). HD screencaps and some production stills from Winds of Winter have now been added to the gallery. Be sure to check them out as Emilia looks so great and badass! Enjoy :)
HD screencaps together with some production stills from Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones 6×09 Battle of the Bastards have now been added to the gallery! The episode was – in my opinion – the best of all the series so far! I really really loved it, and Dany is a badass like always! (Donìt you all ship her and Yara??) Enjoy the update, looking forward to the season finale!
Emilia is featured in the June 22 issue of TheWrap. HQ digital scans from the magazine have now been added to the gallery, be sure to check them! Enjoy :)
THEWRAP – “You don’t need to have dragons to be a badass in your day-to-day life,” the actress also tells TheWrap.
Emilia Clarke doesn’t have much time to ponder what her life might have been like had she not gotten the role of Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” “I think about a lot of what ifs,” the Emmy-nominated actress told TheWrap, “but I don’t think that!”
For Clarke, landing her breakout role so early in her career has been a fascinating journey. “There was a lot of bright-eyed, bushy-tailedness about the evolution of me within the character and me within the world of the industry,” she said. “I got to learn a lot very quickly, like Daenerys does. The thing about the kind of success the show has seen is that I am unrecognizable without the wig. I’ve been able to watch it from afar and kind of observe it, as opposed to being thrust in it and not being able to breathe. I’ve been lucky.”
Clarke plays the flaxen-haired Mother of Dragons on the hit series, which is now in its sixth season. Showrunners and the network have hinted the show is winding down, and will likely end after Season 8. The role has been a game-changer for the 29-year-old British actress, who landed two Primetime Emmy nominations and opportunities to star in movies big and small, from the 2015 reboot of “The Terminator,” in which she played Sarah Connor, to Thea Sharrock’s recent adaptation of the best-selling tearjerker novel “Me Before You.”
Daenerys had just 2-seconds of screen time in the latest Game of Thrones episode 6×08 No One, aired on Sunday (June 12). Hopefully she will have a lot more in the next one – and in the season finale! But anyway, HD screencaps (thanks to Mouza) and a production still have now been added to the gallery. Enjoy them!