Rachel Weisz on ‘The Bourne Legacy’: “The level of realism is very, very high”

Rachel Weisz has a really beautiful photo shoot in the August issue of Vanity Fair. The photos are so pretty, I kind of wonder if Rachel wasn’t the original cover girl for the August issue, and someone decided that The Rage Monster should get the cover instead. Note to VF: I would much rather see Rachel Weisz, an Oscar-winning beauty with an interesting life and a good career, on the cover as opposed to Alec Baldwin. Anyway, Rachel is promoting The Bourne Legacy, where she’s the love interest/friend/associate of Jeremy Renner’s assassin/spy. Here’s her brief VF interview:

“It’s much scarier; there’s a whole world behind the one you’ve watched in the first three,” Rachel Weisz says of The Bourne Legacy, the fourth installment of the Bourne thrillers, in which she plays virologist Marta Shearing. “I could identify with her character, ill-equipped to deal with the high-stakes drama. We are lone survivors, me and Jeremy Renner, and all the science is possible. It is not sci-fi — the level of realism is very, very high.”

The London-born Weisz, who took home an Academy Award in 2006 for her supporting role as Tessa Quayle in The Constant Gardener, now lives in New York City with her husband, Daniel Craig, and her son from her previous marriage. The veteran actress has appeared in more than 30 films and four plays in theaters on both sides of the pond, most recently earning accolades for her performance as Blanche DuBois in the 2009 London revival of Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire.

Weisz describes working with writer-director Tony Gilroy as “very exciting, a dream job. He loves chaos—raw, edgy, out-of-control acting. He also has a complex, wordsmith mind, so it’s a great cocktail, more like being in a band. It felt like an independent movie.”

Gilroy, in turn, is equally mesmerized by Weisz. “Rachel thrives on everything going wrong,” Gilroy says. “She provokes chaos. She has her own navigational system that clicks on like an emergency beacon when everything’s going wrong. I’ve never put a character through such an ordeal before.” So what are we to expect?

“It all has to be plausible. Rachel has got to convince us she’s an accomplished scientist, be able to convey a shattered personal life, bring a mantle of dead ends in her life to the screen. And in the end she has to kick some f–king ass!”

It’s a tall order—but the job is vintage Weisz.

[From Vanity Fair]

That was always one of my favorite parts of the Bourne films – they felt real, or realistic enough that you didn’t have to suspend your disbelief too much. For the first Bourne film especially – the story felt like almost plausible. And with the third film (Supremacy), I liked how they brought the story around to full-blown Bush-era (and now Obama-era) NSA/CIA/Homeland Security counterterrorism efforts, like rendition and enhanced interrogation, etc.

What’s also interesting is that the Bourne franchise is often used an example of where the James Bond franchise has gone off-kilter, too dependent on toys, exotic locales and crazy storylines and not enough real espionage. It’s especially funny because Rachel is married to the current James Bond! When Rachel was asked about the “rivalry” between the Bond and the Bourne franchises, she said, “Oh gosh, that’s an unfair question! How do I answer that? Where do my loyalties lie? To both. I want them both to do well. I don’t have to choose do I? People can see them both. I would like them both to sell an equally enormous number of tickets.” Cop out!

Photos courtesy of Vanity Fair.

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  1. Britt says:

    Those photos are beautiful.

  2. Vera says:

    I’m looking forward to the new Bourne movies. I just didn’t care about Matt Damon (in part because of my age – I saw the last one in high school when it came out because my mum was interested) as the character. Didn’t help when he had very similar films coming out within the span of three years or something. I think Jeremy Renner will do a very good job – he’s already done very well in other action movies and so far I prefer him to Matt Damon.
    I also really like Rachel. She looks really gorgeous in these photos – I’ll have to read my VF now!

  3. storyteller says:

    She looks gorgeous. And I am so pumped for this movie. Renner, Weisz and Norton? Yes, please.

  4. lisa2 says:

    She’s very pretty. But the photos are not that interesting. Why do they do those weird movements with their hands. Who holds their hands that way?

  5. Gwen says:

    I can’t wait to see the movie but that’s mostly because of Jeremy Renner.

    • Madhubala says:

      Same here. I loved The Bourne Identity, didn’t care for the The Bourne Superemacy and skipped The Bourne Ultimatum altogether. I’m so excited for this one though, because I adore Renner and he looks like a total badass in the trailers.

      Rachel is a beautiful woman. The 1st pic is my favorite.

    • Izzy says:

      Can I get an Amen on that?!

  6. Carrie says:

    does she wear Met Gala Rihanna’s dress on the first pic?

    and thanks to Chris Nolan because now we have good actors as lead in the blockbusters

  7. Mia 4S says:

    I am just impressed that we have a love interest in an action movie who is the same age as the male hero! Cannot wait for this movie.

  8. beyonce's bump says:

    I just don’t get her appeal. I mean she is pretty but just never moved me as an actress. I will solely be watching this because it is the mfking BOURNE!! oh and also Renner is sexy.

  9. alonsyalonso1 says:

    Rachel Weisz: My girl crush forever. A post about her and Benedict Cumberbatch in one day? Thank you Celebitchy! 😀

  10. NYC_girl says:

    My girl-crush too. She’s so lovely!

  11. fabgrrl says:

    So gorgeous! So smart and interesting. I don’t usually comment about other people’s families, but I really hope she and Daniel Craig have a baby.

  12. phoenix says:

    She was oscar deserving in The Constant Gardener. Beautiful and intelligent. I want to see how it matches up with the other film. I’ve always thought that a cool technique a la back to the future 2.

  13. Chicagogurl17 says:

    So stunning. How does this woman not age? Is she sacrificing virgins and drinking the blood of newborns?

  14. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    I think she is beautiful..I find her looks refreshing, esp in HWeird. I just wish she would have been like, “Bourne. Go see Bourne over Bond..Daniel knows we’re gonna kick their a$$ at the box office,” with a playful wink.

  15. Attalia says:

    I have a girl crush on her too; since Mummy 1 ! Excellent actress and she is so convincing of the various women she portrays. Constant Gardener & Agora were haunting because of her. Can’t wait to see this.

  16. Mara says:

    Such a stunning woman and the photos are beautiful.

  17. hoya_chick says:

    All three Bourne movies were on tnt this past Sunday with some cross promotion for the new movie. I watched them back to back while cleaning/cooking/ironing for the week and I must say they absolutely stand the test of time. The 1st one is my absolute favorite. Like Kaiser said, the story is totally plausible/believable but has that movie magic and Matt Damon is incredible. The only part I disliked was Julie Stiles, she’s like warmed up oatmeal, oh so boring! But that’s a very small critique. I’m actually looking forward to Jeremy’s Bourne. It’s the only movie besides the Avengers (and maybe the Dark Knight) that I am really excited about this summer. Oh and Rachael is so gorgeous and a great actress. Still think it’s weird how things went down with her and Daniel Craig and their respective partners. Definitely seems like something shady happened and they don’t seem like they’ll be married for a long time. I get a vibe.

    • Emma - the JP Lover says:

      “The premiere of “The Bourne Legacy” is in one month, the film had been discussed and analyzed for more than a year now, and people still don’t know that Jeremy Renner is not taking over the Jason Bourne role from Matt Damon.

      In the film, Jeremy Renner plays a C.I.A. asset named Aaron Cross. The Jason Bourne character is talked about in the film, but he does not, and will not ever, make an appearance.

      “The Bourne Identity,” “The Bourne Supremacy,” and “The Bourne Ultimatum” were loosely based upon novels of the same titles written by author Robert Ludlum.

      “The Bourne Legacy” is the first of 4 (or is it 5 now?) novels written by author Eric Von Lustbader, who has cleverly used the name ‘Bourne’ in the title of each novel in order to lure people into buying the books. Universal has done much the same, allowing people to believe that this new film was about Jason Bourne. Sad.

      I’m not a fan of Jeremy Renner and his constipated ‘this is my BAD face’ look. But I hope this film does well.

      I don’t think Matt Damon is hurting much over this. His action film “Elysium” (due out in March) by the same writer/director of “District 9” is getting rave reviews from the lucky few who have gotten invites to a couple of ‘test’ pre-screenings, sans special effects.

  18. JoJo says:

    I do like Rachel. But I have to say, her look has changed. It seems to have calmed down now, but recently she looked a) way too skinny and b) like she had started doing things to her face. I always liked her because she seemed similar to the old Kate Winslet – natural looking, not “Hollywood-y”, and more like a normal person than your average stick-thin lemming in Hollywood. But, in the last year or so (since she got with Daniel and into her early 40s), I noticed she got way skinny and in the movie “Dream House” (where she starred with Daniel), her face and lips looked much different – worked on or plumped way out from fillers. She does seem to be a bit more back to normal here, although still much skinnier (compared to if you look back at her years ago). I personally think it’s all because she’s with Daniel – some effort to make him stay in love with her and to turn back time, etc. I too don’t think they’ll be together in the long run, but I guess that’s pretty normal for celebs.

  19. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    Genetically enhanced soldiers?

    I hate to use the cliche “jumped the shark,” but that’s what this new movie did. The reason we loved the Bourne movies is because they were not “Universal Soldier” or some other b.s. sci-fi super-soldiers.

    I’ll pass on this one.

  20. natavalita says:

    Love her pale skin

  21. Mila says:

    Photoshop gone crazy! I thought it’s Natalie Portman. I don’t understand why Vanity Fair always changes so much faces of these beautiful actresses. Tweeking here and there is ok, but this is too much.

  22. lflips says:

    She is my absolute favorite. If I could choose to look like anyone, it would be her.