Alexis Bledel and Saoirse Ronan discuss their roles in this surreal tale about teen assassins, working with the late James Gandolfini and creating a fantasy world. Written and directed by Geoffrey Fletcher, the screenwriter of 2009’s Precious, this film will blow your mind.
Often compared to the quirky and savage filmmaking of Quentin Tarantino, Violet & Daisy tells the story of two teenage girls who enjoy their work as professional killers when they’re not indulging in a rich fantasy life.
Alexis Bledel (Mad Men) and Saorise Ronan (The Host) play Violet and Daisy. Together, they describe the script as, “Surreal, original, funny, crazy and weird, not predictable in any way.” Okay, that piques our interest.
About her character, Bledel said, “Violet very much defines herself by her work. She’s also very sensitive and very vicious. She’s definitely a person who fluctuates between two extremes. For me, it’s fun because I haven’t played a character like her before.”
On the other end of the spectrum is Daisy, who Ronan claims, ”Is nice. I haven’t played many characters who are just really sweet. And you can see as well she’s really yearning for a normal life.”
So how do these two opposites interact in the film? “It’s like three different movies, really. It starts off in this fantasy world, then it gets a bit more real down the road, then more real and more real,” said Ronan.
She continued, “Geoffrey [Fletcher] is fantastic. As we all know, he’s a really, really talented writer and he’s got a great vision. He’s been able to come up with some really interesting shots I don’t think many people would have thought of. He likes to play around with symbols, which I always think is interesting in film.”
Will fans of Precious relate to this film? Bledel thinks so. “I think people who took a lot from Precious, they might be able to find similar themes, but delivered in a very, very different style.”
A key element to the story is when Violet & Daisy meet a character with a death wish. The late, great James Gandalfini plays “The Guy”, an intimidating man with a secret.
About working with the actor best known for playing Tony Soprano, Ronan said, “I really, really like working with Jim. He’s just great, a really professional guy, very focused and we have great, meaty scenes together. It’s been lovely, especially since the writing is so good.”
Violet & Daisy will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and as a digital download Nov. 19.