MCAVOY AND LLOYD AGREEED to do the play and Jamie Lloyd Company commissioned Crimp to write a new version, when Lloyd – the director the usual “Cyrano de Bergerac” on Broadway in 2012 – thought he’d passed McAvoy.
“I remember it so vividly because it was actually on the set of ‘His Dark Materials,'” said Lloyd, whose son Lewin played the missing child Roger Parslow on the HBO fantasy series opposite McAvoy as Lord Asriel “We were in this cold, very, very dark television studio, in a tent – one of those window tents that they put people in while you’re waiting. I continued, “By the way, I have this idea for “Cyrano de Bergerac.” We have to scrape our noses. I can’t stand the thought of you having to make a big fake nose. ‘ And he totally got it. “
As McAvoy recalls, his initial reaction was confusion, because isn’t the play about the nose? But once Lloyd explained his preference, that it was really about people being objective about their appearance and isolated as a result, McAvoy fully embraced – even if the fake Cyrano noses weren’t yet. never bothered him, and even if it never fully made sense to him that an oversized nose would be an obstacle to love.
“The truth is, I think even if he had a big old donkey like it was depicted in the play, someone out there would find it utterly fascinating,” he said. “God, everything has a twist.”
However, McAvoy was not interested in implementing a standard issue “Cyrano.”
“One of the things that I really like about this version,” he says, “is that it has little to do with the pomp of pompous, flamboyant musketeers, and it’s more about research. about masculinity and sometimes toxic masculinity, a is almost academic culture, and it’s still about a poet. It’s still about someone obsessed with words. I love that I finally got to witness a work that examines people who are beautiful, light-hearted and fickle, and they kill people. “
In an accidental overlap of productions starring the stars, the Lloyd-McAvoy version first debuted in the West End in the fall of 2019 during the Off Broadway performance of the theatrical musical. Cyrano”, starring Peter Dinklage. Lloyd’s return to production coincides with the launch of the big screen version starring Dinklage.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/24/theater/james-mcavoy-cyrano-de-bergerac-bam.html With ‘Cyrano’, James McAvoy Is Enjoying a ‘Pureer Form of Storytelling’