it’s not a secret Everything Everywhere at the Same Time – exploring existentialism and Asian American identity through the multiverse “jump” and, you know, bagels – it was a huge hit. It was named one of the top 10 films of 2022 and received multiple award nominations, including six Golden Globe awards and 14 Critics’ Choice Movie Award nominations.
Recently on an episode of Variety Actors On Actors, lead actress Michelle Yeoh sat down with Cate Blanchett to talk about what it was like to create the critically acclaimed film.
Here are 8 fun and behind-the-scenes facts Michelle talked about everything everywhereThe only requirement for the movie is how the original script looked:
Everything Everywhere at the Same Time It was originally written to portray a male lead.
“I think that’s the norm, because it would be easier to finance. It would be easier to understand that a man would jump into the multiverse,” Michelle said. “But then [directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (collectively called ‘the Daniels’)] they came back and found that it didn’t work. And so they turned her into a mother role.”
Michelle never understood hot dog fingers, but she wouldn’t be surprised if some scenes were inspired by it. Carol (She was cast as Carol, as Cate joked).
To see, Carol It follows the relationship between Therese, a young clerk in the middle of a difficult divorce, and Carol, an elderly housewife. In one scene, Carol places her hands on Therese’s shoulders while Therese plays the piano. /The movie writes: “It’s the moment when it seems clear that something might happen between them, and it’s a testament to the power that touch has throughout the movie.”
After Jamie Lee Curtis showed Cate some photos of the “hot dog fingers” scenes, Cate joked, “I thought, ‘This really looks like a scene.’ Carol.’ I was like, ‘Is he trying to say Daniels Carol has sausage fingers?’ I said.”
Jamie Lee Curtis didn’t know that butt plugs were butt plugs, but they were included in the script from the very beginning.
Michelle’s character Evelyn Quan Wang’s original name was Michelle Wang, but Michelle Yeoh declined to appear in the movie unless they changed it.
“The only thing I said to them was, ‘The character can’t be named Michelle Wang,'” Michelle explained. “They say, ‘But why? So it’s you’.” I said, “No, I’m not an Asian immigrant mother who runs a laundromat. She needs her own voice.” She was the only thing, I said, ‘I won’t come if you don’t change your name.
Although several universes were edited, most of the original script was kept in the movie. “They weren’t big,” Michelle said.
Michelle appreciated giving an Asian woman a loud and powerful voice, especially when Asian culture is so patriarchal. “The core of the story is about family, about mother and daughter, about herself and her father,” she thought. “[In many Asian cultures]It is the father who determines what will happen, and above all, sons matter.”
Costume designer Shirley Kurata bought Evelyn’s (and Waymond’s and Gong Gong’s) outfits from Chinatown. “I wore all the colors I would never wear,” commented Michelle.
Speaking of costumes, Michelle asked her mother, “Why do you look so old?” Seeing her outfits in the movie, she wondered why she couldn’t always wear her prom dress. Instead, her mother would have preferred that Michelle make more films. Crazy Rich Asians.
Michelle was delighted to get a scenario in which there was an ordinary, immigrant woman trying to live and survive the American dream while being completely invisible and silent. He found making an ordinary woman extraordinary, relatable and satisfying. “I guess that’s all we are,” she said.