Monthly Archives: July 2021

Christchurch Attack Film Stops Pre-Production After Backlash From Muslim Community

The planned film “They Are Us,” starring Rose Byrne as New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern and centered on the Christchurch mosque shootings that took place in 2019, has been put on hold following unauthorized distribution of the script. Director Andrew Niccol (“Gattaca,” “Good Kill”) shared a statement with New Zealand outlet Newshub that development would be paused after criticisms that the script, which he also wrote, was insensitive. (Via The Guardian.)

“I am deeply saddened by the pain caused to the families of the victims, due to the wrongful distribution of our draft script for ‘They Are Us.’ The script is far from final, and never intended to be shared with the affected members of the Muslim community at such an early stage,” Niccol said, adding that pre-production wouldn’t continue until there is “full consultation with New Zealand’s Muslim community has taken place.”

“The sole purpose of the script, which was released without permission, was to gauge interest of potential financiers. It was given to them in the strictest confidence and all were informed that this was not intended to be the final version. All scenes in the script are placeholders until we have completed further consultation with the families,” he said.

The film had already sparked frustration and outcry from among the Muslim community of New Zealand earlier in the summer, with criticisms that the premise was “obscene” and “insensitive.” It centers around Ardern’s response to the attack.

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Rose Byrne Shares The Reason Why She And Bobby Cannavale Aren’t Married

Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale aren’t in a rush to walk down the aisle. The pair, who have been together since 2012, are parents to sons Rocco, 5, and Rafa, 3. While they’ve thought about becoming husband and wife, they haven’t gotten around to it.

“I keep going, ‘Let’s get around to it, let’s do it.’ And then, you know, you have a baby, and then, oh, there’s another baby,” the 41-year-old actress shared in an interview with Sydney Morning Herald. “It was kind of like that for us.”

“I love weddings, and I know people [for whom] it’s an important thing, and I respect that totally,” she continued. “I guess for us it’s just been, we didn’t do it, we’ll do it, then – no! Pandemic.”

Byrne, 41,  and Cannavale, 51, meanwhile, are known for keeping their personal life private. The actor was previously married to actress and screenwriter Jenny Lumet, with whom he shares 26-year-old son Jake. Every so often, the couple will share photos of one another on their social media.

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Rose Byrne: ‘I Wanted To Be A Serious Actress. Then I Realised I Might Be Better At Being Funny’

Rose Byrne – international movie star and FHM Australia’s 16th sexiest woman in the world (2006) – has a terrible internet connection. It takes her two goes to join our Zoom, and from that point on she’ll freeze roughly every four minutes through our hour-long talk, get stuck in a vast range of facial expressions – aghast, amused, evasive, perturbed, shocked, etc – most of which would be deeply unflattering on a less beautiful woman.

This is frustrating, while creating a degree of instant intimacy between us, because that’s all any of us are now, isn’t it? Film stars and journalists and politicians and Pilates instructors and formerly ferocious bosses alike: defined by our internet speeds and connections, similarly reduced by their inadequacies.

“Am I back?” Byrne says, after freezing for a third time. She buries her head in her hands. “Oh shit, Polly! I’m so sorry, it’s this house. It’s like a fortress, and the reception … I’ve tried every corner. It’s a bit shit. We’ll get through it.” She’s zooming from a rented house in Sydney, to which she and her family – her partner, the actor Bobby Cannavale, and their two sons, Rocco, 5, and Rafa, 3 – fled from their home in Brooklyn, New York, in the early stages of the pandemic last year.

“It was scary, trying to figure out how to get out and be safe,” she says. “And no one knew anything, right? We were all in this boat of, ‘What is this?’ It was a very, very weird atmosphere in the city. Bobby and I went to see Girl from the North Country on Broadway, then, two days later, Broadway shut, and by that weekend it was awful. All of a sudden there was this tsunami, tidal wave, of this fearsome thing coming, then it just arrived and it was like, ‘Whoa.’ Then people we knew started to get it. Bobby lost friends.”

Byrne, 41, was born and raised in inner-Sydney’s Balmain, yet many film and TV watchers around the globe have only ever heard an American accent coming out of that face, given how many films she has made in the US in recent years.

Many, in fact, only became aware of Byrne in about 2007, when she started playing the idealistic protégée Ellen Parsons to Glenn Close’s ruthless lawyer boss Patty Hewes in the exceptional TV series Damages. They next saw her as the prissy, perfect, perfectly irritating Helen in Bridesmaids (the 2011 award-winning, box- office-demolishing comedy that made me laugh until my gut ached).

Most recently, I got to know her as activist Gloria Steinem in the extremely classy Mrs America, the TV dramatisation of the feminist battle to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the US Constitution. On top of which, the day before our Zoom, I’d binged the first three episodes of Physical, in which Byrne plays another American, Sheila Rubin, a depressed, suppressed 1980s housewife who becomes an aerobics sensation.

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Rose Byrne Reveals She Has Witnessed Sexual Misconduct And Seen ‘Unacceptable’ Behaviour From Men On ‘Several’ Of Her Projects

Rose Byrne has seen ‘unacceptable’ behaviour from men on ‘several’ of her projects.

The Physical actress – who has sons Rocco, five, and Rafa, three, with partner Bobby Cannavale – thinks it’s ‘weird’ she’s never been subjected to unwanted advances but she has been a witness to sexual misconduct at work.

She said: ‘I’ve witnessed unacceptable male behaviour on several shows. Weirdly, I’ve kind of escaped it, but I’ve been on the fringes of it, and I feel pretty lucky that I’ve not ever had the sort of brushes that a lot of other actresses have.’

Rose also hit out at the ‘constant public scrutiny’ women face for their appearances but she tries to ignore the comments.

She told The Times magazine: ‘I find the constant public scrutiny of the female form totally unacceptable. The only time I’ve really had that is when I was pregnant. I found it incredibly invasive. But I try my best to just shut it out.’

The 41-year-old actress has found parenthood ‘profoundly challenging’ and admitted most of her ‘grief’ comes from feeling like a failure in certain aspects of being a mother.

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Rose Byrne On Life With Her Boys & Being Back Home

Growing up in the crowded suburb of Sydney’s Balmain, Rose Byrne was a quiet kid, whose parents encouraged her to pursue acting to combat her shyness. “I was never a super confident [young actor],” admits the now 41-year-old Byrne, her calm composure at odds with the younger self she is describing. “I look at social media and the savviness, sophistication and confidence of the young actors I now work with – millennials – and I think, ‘Wow, I never had that, ever.’”

Yet fast forward a few decades and the transformation from timid Aussie teen to Hollywood heavyweight is apparent – even down to the empowered female characters she chooses to immerse herself in.

In 2020, Byrne played iconic feminist Gloria Steinem in Mrs. America. The mini-series is based on the true story of the attempt in the 1970s to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in all 50 states of the USA, and Steinem’s unsuccessful battle against the conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly (played by Cate Blanchett), who led the backlash against it.

At first glance, Byrne’s new gig – Physical, a 10-part, whip-smart comedy set against the backdrop of the aerobics craze of the ’80s – seems a far cry from Mrs. America’s serious historic bones, but both tell a story of society in flux, with feminism at the fore.

In Physical, Byrne plays a tortured Californian housewife, Sheila Rubin, who finds her power through exercise and eventually becomes a lifestyle guru with her workout videos, paving the way for the dime-a-dozen fitness influencers of today. “The show’s all about that whole generation of discovery – going from the ‘We’ generation [in the ’70s] to the ‘Me’ generation of today,” Byrne explains. “Now everybody’s an entrepreneur. Everyone’s got a clothing line or a candle line or a parenting blog or whatever. The ’80s was the beginning of that and this show is examining how it started.”

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