Rosamund Pike covers W, talks David Fincher, Gone Girl & Bond girl fame

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When I read Gone Girl, I realized what a fascinating, weird and brilliant part “Amy” would be for an actress. I hoped that Hollywood wouldn’t choose someone obvious like Gwyneth Paltrow or Reese Witherspoon or (God help us) Nicole Kidman. Thankfully, David Fincher signed on as director and he cast Rosamund Pike, an English actress known for her soft, sweet English beauty. The casting of Pike – more than Ben Affleck – convinced me that the Gone Girl adaptation is going to be good. Pike was and is an inspired choice, and I believe she’ll do an amazing job with Amy.

But for now, David Fincher is exerting his particular brand of Hitchcockian anal-retentiveness by trying to “Rooney Mara” Pike. Fincher already photographed Pike and Affleck for Entertainment Weekly, and now he’s photographed her for W Magazine. Unlike the Mara stuff a few years ago, Fincher didn’t do a Gone Girl-themed shoot. I can’t even tell if this shoot has a theme. But Pike is beautiful and compelling. You can read the full article here, and here are some highlights:

Fincher on Pike: “I liked that people didn’t immediately know who Rosamund was… I’d always liked Rosamund in movies, but I didn’t really know her. That made her very interesting.”

Being cast as a Bond Girl on her first audition: “Before I was cast as a Bond girl, I had never actually seen a James Bond movie. The Bond audition was strange—I’d just come back from China, doing the kind of hippie-backpacking thing that people do when they leave school. All the girls in this beautiful old town house waiting to see the casting director were sleek and dressed in what seemed to me like leather. I was wearing something very thick and woolly. I was convinced I was all wrong.”

Early fame: “The Bond film was like an ejector seat from normality into a crazy circus world. It was trial by fire. I was 21, and I was made to look far more sophisticated than I felt. Instantly, I had to come to terms with myself as a woman and also as an object. I was looking at myself from the outside for the first time. That awareness, for any girl, is both horrible and fascinating.”

Appearing on stage in London in the play Hitchcock Blonde: “In Hitchcock Blonde, I had to do a 10-minute nude scene. Apart from some high heels, I was completely bare onstage. The play was about the male gaze, male expectations, and, finally, female power and the lack thereof. This girl had dark secrets, but she also wanted to be adored. Until Amy, I don’t know that I’d ever seen that combination in a character.”

Getting the part of Amy: She had not been given the script but had started reading the book, and she assumed that Fincher was talking to many actresses about the role. After several weeks of conversation, Fincher asked if Pike wanted to fly to St. Louis, where he was scouting locations. “I said, ‘I’ll swim to St. Louis.’ We met there for two days.”… Weeks after returning to Scotland, Pike received a text message from Fincher, saying, “You have the part,” which she accidentally erased. “The only evidence I have that I got the call to play Amy is a selfie of me jumping in the rain in the Highlands. I look both happy and thoroughly daunted—the whole ‘You got the best gig in years’ scenario gives me the creeps. But then again, I’m a very hard worker, and maybe people who have underestimated me or just thought I looked good will say they were wrong.”

Being ordered to LA very quickly: “[The producer] only gave us four days to get to L.A. And it was good that it was that fast because there was no time for me to panic. I do remember saying to David, ‘I know you know I have this character in me; you zeroed in on me for good reason.’ With David Fincher, it’s like being X-rayed—he sees things that you may not want anyone to see. Now I have to prove him right—I have to show the world that I’m as dark as he thinks I am.”

[From W Magazine]

Rosamund is 35 years old now, but I could easily see how she is one of those actresses (like Cate Blanchett) who can go dramatically younger or older. So, I’m not worried about the progression of the Amy character. Now, the Nick character? How in the world is Ben Affleck going to play Nick in his 20s?!?! Or does that not matter? Jesus. Also: I’m starting to get creeped out by how much control David Fincher exerts over “his actresses.”

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Photos courtesy of David Fincher/W Magazine.

 

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  1. I love Rosamund–loved her ever since I saw her in Pride and Prejudice. I always thought she was SO pretty……and I can’t believe she was only 21 in Die Another Day. She was an amazing Bond Girl/Villain. I was hoping she’d win against Halle Berry….who, to me, was another Denise Richards Bond Girl….

  2. Eleonor says:

    That cover is hypnotising me!

  3. Abbott says:

    Love her, love the interview, love the shoot, love her 3 second freak out in the trailer.

  4. Amelia says:

    Really like Rosamund, I feel like she’s not in nearly enough projects. Thank God she can put that terrible Jack Reacher adaptation behind her now – she was the best part of that trainwreck.

  5. Ari says:

    I love her voice so much its like smooth velvet or something – amazing actress! It’s sad that I really have only seen her in DOOM and that is probably awful >_< but I love the movie dammit!!

  6. Kiddo says:

    I love this photo shoot. It would have been nice, however, if one picture captured her with her mouth closed.

  7. Cahend says:

    At first glance, I thought she was Jenna Elfman.

  8. Renee28 says:

    I’m glad she’s finally getting more recognition. As for Fincher, he’s a known perfectionist but I don’t think he crosses the line into creepy territory like Hitchcock.

  9. sisi says:

    She reminds me of Janary Jones, only way way better! She was a great bond girl even though it was a terrible movie.

  10. Nia says:

    I think she will make the perfect Amy. Can’t think of anyone better.

  11. GeeMoney says:

    I thought she did a good job in Die Another Day… I couldn’t believe she was as young as she was when she did that movie.

    I just saw her in Jack Reacher not too long ago. She did a good job in that movie too. And so did her breast implants (btw, they are ridiculously big or she had one hell of a push up bra on).

  12. Mrs. Darcy says:

    She was great in An Education, I think she’s capable of stepping up to the plate for meaty lead roles. I have to read this book before the movie comes out…or should I read it after? So often it’s a let down, but this does look good. I get the Fincher/Mara creepy thing, but what is creepy about him with Pike? She seems pretty grounded, she is settled with a kid, I don’t get what he’s done besides photograph her that is unusual? She wants to live up to his belief in her, which is natural imo. There is no doubt insecure actress and power freak directors can be an unhealthy mix, but I don’t get that vibe here.

  13. Toniko says:

    Fincher only did the cover shot. Inside spread shot by Willy Vanderperre.

  14. Jo says:

    She is fabulous…and now and then looks quite a bit Faith Hill-ish right?

  15. Karen says:

    Hmm, I’m not familiar with her. I loved An Education but forget what part she played. The wife?

    Someone please explain the creepy Fincher/Rooney stuff!!

  16. Tiffany says:

    Well, Fincher thinks of himself as the second coming of Hitchcock so his control over female actors is not all that surprising.

  17. Ashley says:

    She should’ve played grace kelly instead of nicole. She looks like her.

  18. Chinoiserie says:

    Since Witherspoon is producing the film is strange that she does not play the role. But I am am glad that Pike was cast she was so sweet in Pride and Prejudice.

  19. itsetsyou says:

    Love Rosamund! She’s so classy and hot at the same time.

  20. Kelly says:

    I’ve seen her in a few movies and she was just dull. I think Reese Witherspoon would have been a better choice.

  21. Tig says:

    I love her as well-check out her performances in “The Libertine” and “Made in Degenham” ( apologies for the misspelling- in a bit of a rush. Glad to see her in a leading role.

  22. Swan Lake says:

    Loved her in P&P, and can’t wait to see Gone Girl!