Jude Law had a “simply awful” way of portraying Henry VIII, the director says


Jude Law has confessed to polluting the set for his new movie Firebrand.

The English actor wanted to fully immerse himself in the role of Britain’s King Henry VIII in the film about his relationship with Catherine Parr, the last of his six wives, and hired a perfumer to recreate the monarch’s pungent scent.

“I’ve read several interesting reports that Henry could be smelled three rooms away at the time. His leg rotted so badly. He hid it with rose oil,” Law told reporters at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday.

“I thought it would have a big impact if I smelled terribly,” Law explained.

The perfumer “kinda managed to create this extraordinary strain that’s made up of pus, blood, feces, and sweat,” Law recalls.

First, Law said he used the scent “very subtly.”

But then “it became a spray fest” when he thoroughly doused himself in the stench before filming.

“When Jude walked on the set, it was just awful,” admitted Firebrand director Karim Aïnouz, reported diversity.

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