Five Favorite Films with Emily Blunt
Plus, the star of this week's Salmon Fishing in the Yemen on working with Ewan McGregor, her forthcoming comedy with Jason Segel, and reprising that Devil Wears Prada role.
Emily Blunt arrived proper for most audiences as Meryl Streep's sarcastic, binge-dieting assistant in The Devil Wears Prada -- in which she stole many a scene from the Oscar legend -- and since then has proved a versatile star across all kinds of genres, be they comedy, drama, sci-fi and most things in between. She'll soon be headlining The Five-Year Engagement, Nicholas Stoller's comedy reunion with Jason Segel (for whom she appeared in The Muppets), trading quips with Colin Firth in Arthur Newman, Golf Pro, and starring in Rian Johnson's (Brick) much-anticipated time-travel thriller, Looper.
This week, Blunt co-stars opposite Ewan McGregor in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, director Lasse Hallstr÷m's picturesque comedy-drama about a fisheries expert enlisted by an eccentric sheik to bring a river to the Arabian desert. We had the chance to speak with the actress recently about the movie, her friendship with McGregor, and some of her forthcoming projects. Read on for that, but first -- here are her five favorite films.
Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975; 100% Tomatometer)
Jaws is my favorite film of all time. I've seen it about 30 times. Even though it has a ludicrous backdrop of them trying to find this Great White shark, I think it's a film about people and relationships -- and I just think the performances are fantastic. It has amazing characters and it has this very commercial, suspenseful backdrop, so I do think it's a perfect movie.
All that, and the shark didn't even work.
All that for a shark that didn't work. And you know what -- thank god it didn't, because not seeing the shark is just... I know so many people worldwide who became victims of Steven Spielberg and will not go in the water, so it's probably a good thing that the shark didn't work.
Were you one of those victims?
Yeah. For a long time, and I'm still terrified of them. I just started diving and I really love it, and that's helped me become friends with the sharks again -- 'cause I went diving with the Grey Reef sharks and Blacktip sharks, and that was extraordinary. And I realized they're not actually out to just tear my guts out, they're just wanting to be left alone.
Not all of them -- just that one.
[Laughs] Yeah, just that one enormous one.
Kramer vs. Kramer makes me weep. I love that offset of the dynamic, of the father being the main caretaker and his life being put into uproar in trying adapt and take care of this little boy. I love the perseverance of that film, and it makes me bawl my eyes out. I think that little boy is extraordinary in it; obviously he's not a little boy any more, but he'll always be that little boy to me.
Princess Bride is obviously a given; everyone loves that and can quote it. [Laughs] I've seen that many times as a child and it swept me away every time. I loved it.
I'm picturing an odd childhood with you oscillating between that and Jaws.
Yeah that's it. My dad would always come home with inappropriate movies like The Terminator and Jaws and my mum would insist on me watching The Princess Bride and all the Disney films. [Laughs]
I think it's a timeless movie. You watch it now and it hasn't dated one inch. I think it's incredibly... it's just staggering, and it's so moving. That's a really brilliantly directed movie.
Next, Emily Blunt on working with Ewan McGregor for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, her collaborations with Jason Segel, and reprising her Devil Wears Prada character.
I just really got swept away by it. I think that final moment when he gets the book -- remember that scene? I'll never forget the expression on his face when he gets that book. You realize there're these moments in movies that just stay with you forever; it's wonderful. You get these imprinted moments: a line or a word, or a look, and they stay with you forever.