Emily Blunt enjoys working with ‘freak genius’ director on western drama

British actress Emily Blunt said she would love to work with writer-director Hugo Blick on the upcoming westerns drama The English because he “doesn’t stick to his words too tightly”.

His six-part series explores the unlikely connection between an aristocratic English woman (Blunt) and a former Pawnee cavalry scout, played by Chaske Spencer, in 1890s America.

Arriving at the series’ world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival, Blunt, 39, told the PA news agency: “I love a West, have never loved a West.

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Chaske Spencer poses for photographers as he arrives at the premiere of The English (Vianney Le Caer / AP)

“I was so excited to do a story and I hadn’t done a lengthy narrative and I wanted to and I was sent it and I just thought it was heartbreaking, so beautiful and so violent. It’s amazing how something can be all of those things.

“Hugo is a strange genius as I often tell him. He’s just written the most ingenious, most complex, otherworldly script and he’s a great director because he doesn’t stick to his words too tightly.

“He lets you do what you want. He is curious. He wants to see what you do with his world created. So I just love him.

“Chaske is a dream. He’s so warm and likable, voluptuous and quite transformative, how did he come to be this lethal, restrained character. I find him charming to watch.”

Blunt first gained recognition after starring in the British television series Gideon’s Daughter, for which she won a Golden Globe, and later for her role as Emily in the 2006 horror film The Devil Wears Prada.

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Emily Blunt to star in upcoming western drama The English (BBC/PA)

In preparation for The English, Blunt explains how she learned to ride a horse.

She told PA: “I think because we were delayed because of Covid it was really great that I had to practice riding more than I could possibly do and I needed it.

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“I think everyone thinks they can ride and you really can’t when you get on a horse and I love that part of it.

“I see it really moving, how do you feel in your body all of a sudden that person and I feel in love with my horse and at the end of the scene I’m pretty sad to have to say goodbye to him. that.”

The show’s cast also includes Rafe Spall, Tom Hughes, Toby Jones and Ciaran Hinds.

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Tom Hughes poses for photographers as he arrives for the premiere of British film (Vianney Le Caer / AP / PA)

Writer and director Blick, who won a Golden Globe for his drama Honorable Women, explains why he chose to portray a Westerner.

“When I was young, I lived in Montana, so having seen the last vestiges of the West as it was, I saw the good and the bad of it and knew I would tell a picture of it. and I lost a few things. years to figure out what it was and English was the result,” he told PA.

“It’s an orthodox exploration of the genre, a classic Western feel, but it has a female lead and then it also has a Native American, importantly playing a Native American… I think the time has come for us to do that so I’m very excited to see Chaske in this role.

“I developed the whole series with Emily, which is great because it’s like sewing a bespoke suit for a party.”

Spencer is known for playing werewolf Sam Uley in the Twilight Saga films and as Deputy Billy Raven in the American action series Banshee.

He told PA: “I am honored… I feel really special. When I read the script, I always wanted to play a character like this and I was nervous at first.

“Then when I started shooting, the adrenaline kicked in and Emily and Hugo were super supportive and I got into a really easy situation, slipping into it.”

Speaking of working on props alongside co-star Blunt, he added: “As an actor, I always feel like we’re just kids who never grew up and we have expensive toys. money.

“So I had a blast, I had to roll in the dirt, train stuntmen, work with guns, do all the cowboy stuff I could think of.

“I have been a fan of her (Blunt) work for quite some time, so meeting and working with her is just a privilege and an honor. She is such a good person, I am very fortunate to work with her.”

The English version will premiere on BBC Two on 11 November.

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