Brad Pitt’s ‘Bullet Train’ Co-Star Aaron Taylor-Johnson at Locarno

It was Aaron Taylor-Johnson at the Locarno opening ceremony, as the actor received the 2022 Davide Campari Excellence Award and presented ‘Bullet Train’.

“Sometimes people ask me what I do. I say, “I’m a dad and I do theater on the side, part-time,” he told the crowd gathered in the Piazza Grande ahead of the screening.

“Recently though, I’ve felt a subtle change. I’ve tried growing up in these shoes where I’m proud to celebrate the actor in me. I had to think about what brought me to this moment and I I would be fooling myself if I thought it was just my own genius. That would be nice, but it’s not the truth. It’s teamwork.

In support of this statement, he also found time to praise his supporting co-star, Brad Pitt, calling him a “humble and gracious human being.”

“He’s in a new chapter in his life, I think,” he told reporters at the Swiss festival the following day.

“He just wants to bring light and joy to the world and be around people who are there to have a good time. You work with many actors and after a while you start taking notes: “I will definitely never work with this person again. Brad also has this list: the ‘good’ list and the shit list.”

Speaking of his “absolutely explosive character” in David Leitch’s actioner, Brian Tyree Henry’s equally deadly Lemon-killing Tangerine, Taylor-Johnson also looked back to his debut.

“I started acting when I was six. My very first thing was ‘An Inspector Calls’, a West End play by Stephen Daldry. I guess my parents just wanted me out of the house – I was too active, always doing shows and dancing.

He landed his first film role just three years later, playing twins in Esmé Lammers’ “Tom & Thomas.”

“That’s where it changed for me. I thought I was going to be a gymnast and I had to make a decision. It was a big thing for me because during the casting it was about me and pairs of identical twins,” he laughed.

But it was Lennon’s 2009 biopic “Nowhere Boy” directed by his now-wife Sam Taylor-Johnson – followed by the box office hit “Kick-Ass” – that gave him his escape and really taught him the craft. .

“It’s been a big influence on how I try to approach most of my characters now,” he said.

“It was a huge feat to step into John Lennon’s shoes. It’s the only part of his life that hasn’t been documented, but there’s the impersonation and then there’s the incarnation of the spirit of the character.

“Young Lennon obviously didn’t sing Beatles songs, so what were his influences? Who was he listening to? Daniel Day-Lewis said that to find your characters, you have to sniff. You have to find their scent.

He was, however, “over-prepared” for his role in ‘Nocturnal Animals’, descending down the rabbit hole of serial killers to understand his troubled and terrifying persona which ultimately earned him a BAFTA nod. and a Golden Globe.

“I couldn’t tell you why Tom Ford thought I would be the right person to play this psychopathic rapist,” he said.

“I knew him before we made this movie, we had a few dinners, and the story goes that at one of those dinners, I told him a weird story. I was probably a little more like Tangerine tonight- the.

The role scared him, he says.

“Tom kept saying he wanted this guy to be unpredictable, intimidating, charismatic. I stayed in a motel in a desert and lived on a toxic diet of cigarettes and alcohol. I wanted to smell dirty and filthy inside.

“One thing I noticed is that everything [these infamous psychopaths] had this charm or swagger that attracted them, and this look in their eyes – this strange look showing a complete lack of empathy. They just didn’t care about their victims at all. I wanted to integrate it into this character.

“We thought that [awarding] a multi-faceted artist would be the best way to celebrate the future that still awaits us – also as a festival,” artistic director Giona A. Nazzaro said on Wednesday. Suggesting that in the case of Aaron Taylor-Johnson, the best may yet be yet to come.

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson, winner of the Excellence Award, during the opening night of the 75th Locarno Film Festival
Credit: Locarno Film Festival/Ti-Pres

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