Bes­son forced pro­duc­ers to get Ri­hanna in lat­est film

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Luc Bes­son had to per­suade his pro­duc­ers to get Ri­hanna to star in 'Va­le­rian and the City of a Thou­sand Plan­ets'. The iconic 'Fifth El­e­ment' film­maker knew from the start that he wanted to cast the 'Un­faith­ful' hit­maker in the piv­otal role as Bub­ble in his new sci-fi film, but Bes­son had to per­suade his pro­duc­ers to reach out as they were un­sure they could get her in the in­de­pen­dent film. He said: "Bub­ble is the ul­ti­mate artists - that's the part. And for me, Ri­hanna is the ul­ti­mate - she's the queen. I thought about her from the be­gin­ning. And when we started the cast, I said, 'For Bub­ble, I'd love to con­tact Ri­hanna.' They [the pro­duc­ers] said 'What's your sec­ond choice?' I said, 'Why?' They said, 'Luc, come on.' I said, 'Why not? Let's try it. Let's see.' The first ques­tion we asked to the man­ager is if she's in­ter­ested in shoot­ing in the film. If she's not in­ter­ested, then don't even give her the script. But the guy came back and said, 'Def­i­nitely, yes.' " Bes­son - who is mar­ried to film pro­ducer Vir­ginie Silla - and Ri­hanna en­joyed a "nor­mal re­la­tion­ship" on set he says the R&B singer couldn't have been more "per­fect" as a pro­fes­sional dur­ing the shoot. He said: "On set, she was nor­mal. Even me, at the be­gin­ning, I said, 'I hope it's not go­ing to be Ri­hanna and the great orches­tra.' But on the first day, she looked at her en­tourage and said, 'You, out.' No one was on set. She came on set by her­self. It was a nor­mal re­la­tion­ship be­tween an ac­tor and an ac­tress. When she got emo­tional she let me get in. She was per­fect. The fact that she is the queen of soul is a hand­i­cap, in fact. I don't use that. She's not singing in the film. She's not a su­per­star in the film. She has a spe­cific role. It's a hand­i­cap. And my con­cern with her was if she wanted to be in the film for the right rea­son or not, and she did." The all-star cast also in­cluded su­per­model-turned-ac­tress Cara Delev­ingne, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, Rut­ger Hauer and Dane DeHaan and the cast and di­rec­tor were in Lon­don for the UK pre­miere of 'Va­le­rian and the City of a Thou­sand Plan­ets' on Mon­day night.

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