It will likely surprise no one that Amy Adams, a ray of sunshine incarnate, went to some very funny lengths to keep things as light as possible on the set of her very dark new HBO drama, Sharp Objects. Adams’ middle-school prankster ways were confirmed by one of her Sharp Objects costars, Taylor John Smith, who chatted with Vulture in a recent interview promoting the show.
“There was a scene that’s very gritty and heavy, probably one of the heaviest of the show,” Smith noted at one point. “To break the ice, she brought on a fart machine.” Say what?
Smith didn’t elaborate on what exactly was happening in the scene they were shooting, but he did describe how she pulled off the fart machine prank and how it was received by the rest of the cast and crew.
“She hid it inside the set, unbeknownst to Jean-Marc [Vallée],” Smith said. Apparently, series director Vallée was a bit thrown by Adams’ joke. “First couple takes, she’d press the button and Jean-Marc freaked out. He was like, ‘Who was that? Who was that?’ It was great.”
Vallée may not have been a big fan of the fart machine, but you’ve got to hand it to Adams. We might have done the same thing if we were in her shoes. Just reading the description of Sharp Objects on IMDb calls for a shot of vitamin B12 or a Beyoncé dance party to lift the spirits: “A reporter confronts the psychological demons from her past when she returns to her hometown to cover a violent murder.” Yikes.
Sharp Objects premieres on HBO on July 8 at 9/8c. If you plan on watching, make sure to stock up on happy thoughts before you tune in.