Joe Wright says there was a “challenge atmosphere” on the set of “Cyrano”.
The 49-year-old filmmaker directed an adaptation of the play ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ – with Peter Dinklage in the lead role – and explained how the coronavirus pandemic contributed to a strained environment during filming.
Joe told The Times newspaper: “It was a really special time, the pandemic created an atmosphere of challenge.
“Doing something beautiful in the face of these dark fucking circumstances. It was definitely one of the best times of my life.”
Joe is aware that audiences and critics will ultimately decide whether the film will be a success and he admits he can never be certain after the failure of his last film ‘The Woman in the Window’.
The ‘Darkest Hour’ director explained, “This is my ninth movie, and you accept that sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t.
“You get a glimpse of it during the post, but when you start putting it in front of the audience. They gave us a 17-minute standing ovation. So maybe this one works.”
Joe’s partner Haley Bennett appears in the film as Roxanne, but he admits the couple’s on-set relationship was totally professional.
He explained: “It was awesome. It was funny how we immediately slotted into a very professional mode. And at that point our daughter was born and so she was with us (Virginia now has three years). It was a very special thing.”
Filming for the project took place in Sicily and Joe admits it was difficult to shoot in the harsh conditions on the Italian island.
He said: “It was probably the craziest shoot I’ve ever done. The air is very thin which made it very difficult to work with and every time we put down a camera case it was rolling down the hill. And then on the final day the volcano erupted and started spewing lava at us.”