Apparently not even awards and near-universal praise can end the war of words surrounding Cannes favorite Blue Is The Warmest Color, which is set to open stateside next month. Instead of burying the hatchet beneath the mountain of acclaim their film has earned, the director and stars of the epic, Palme-winning (and quite excellent) lesbian romance continue to snipe at each other.
In response to charges of unprofessional behavior from actresses Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux—who, to absolutely no one’s surprise, were a little uncomfortable filming those very long, very explicit sex scenes—filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche has offered a petulant rebuttal. Speaking to the French magazine Telerama, the director has announced that he now wishes the movie weren’t being released at all (because that would show those ingrates, wouldn’t it?). He’s also gone as far as claiming that he nearly fired Seydoux and recast her part—more proof that Kechiche is not just a superb filmmaker, but also a class act. Spared from the director’s righteous fury were the author of the graphic-novel source material, Julie Maroh—who has accused Kechiche of turning her work into "porn"—and numerous crew members who had the gall to claim that the production violated a bunch of labor laws. But they’ll surely get theirs, probably in the form of a petty interview that does the pretty terrific film it’s supposed to be promoting no justice.
The Telerama piece also reveals that Kechiche may make another movie, provided he can ever get over feeling "humiliated" and "dishonored" by Blue. Perhaps as some sort of kiss off to Maroh—or maybe because he just really likes filming sex scenes—the director is considering mounting a biopic of 1970s porn star Marilyn Chambers, best known to mainstream audiences for her appearance in David Cronenberg’s Rabid. No indication yet as to who would play the adult-film actress, though it seems safe to assume it won’t be Adèle Exarchopoulos or Léa Seydoux.
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