Elle Fanning 'addicted to adrenaline' on Neon Demon set
Elle Fanning worked in a fast-paced "creative bubble" throughout The Neon Demon shoot.
Actress Elle Fanning turned into an adrenaline junkie on the set of The Neon Demon due to director Nicolas Winding Refn's unorthodox filming approach.
The 18-year-old plays lead character Jesse in the new horror movie about beauty-obsessed killers in Los Angeles, and although she has been acting in feature films since the age of three, nothing could have prepared her for the groundbreaking creative direction filmmaker Nicolas mapped out for cast and crew.
"I read the script, and we started working on the script more because it took this other path," she explains to Ain't It Cool News. "Because the way he films, he films in chronological order, which I had never done. So things were constantly changing, all the time. You were just going by your instincts. I had never felt that power before."
Filming The Neon Demon in sequential order allowed Elle to tap into new levels of visionary improvisation she didn't know she possessed.
"The themes were already set up," she explains. "The structure, everything is there, but then he allows for this creative bubble. I daydream a lot and think about things, but you don’t necessarily always get to express those thoughts or images, because you don’t film in chronological order, so you’re tied down to things, or the director is just very, very much about 'You can’t change anything, and this is how it’s going to be'. But with Nic, yes, he’s a strong authority, but you felt like it was such a team collaboration with us, that you’re on this ride, which I love. Now I’m like, 'I don’t want to do a movie any other way'. I think that the spontaneousness, that adrenaline, I love the rush of it. So you can get, like, addicted to it, which I found."
The Neon Demon, which also stars Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves and Jena Malone, reaches U.S. cinemas on Friday (24Jun16).
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