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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NEWS -

Di­rec­tor Christo­pher Nolan and ac­tor Mark Ry­lance didn’t know quite how fa­mous Harry Styles was be­fore Dunkirk. The young peo­ple in their lives cer­tainly did. “I don’t think I was that aware re­ally of how fa­mous Harry was” be­fore cast­ing the pop star in the com­ing World War II epic, Nolan said Fri­day. “I mean, my daugh­ter had talked about him. My kids talked about him, but I wasn’t re­ally that aware of it. So the truth is, I cast Harry be­cause he fit the part won­der­fully and truly earned a seat at the ta­ble.” Styles, 23, who gained fame with One Di­rec­tion and re­cently launched his solo ca­reer, plays a Bri­tish sol­dier in Nolan’s sus­pense-thriller about the evac­u­a­tion of hun­dreds of thou­sands of Al­lied sol­diers from Dunkirk, France, in May and June of 1940. Ry­lance, also fea­tured in the film, said he learned of Styles from his 11-year-old niece. “She was just more ex­cited than any­thing I’ve ever done be­cause I was go­ing to be act­ing with Harry Styles,” said Ry­lance, who has won an Oscar and three Tonys. “I went up in her es­ti­ma­tion. I won the Harry!” Dunkirk opens in North Amer­i­can the­aters July 21. ■ Green Day took the stage shortly af­ter an ac­ro­bat’s deadly fall in front of the crowd at a Madrid mu­sic fes­ti­val — but band mem­bers were un­aware of what hap­pened un­til af­ter their 2½-hour set, ac­cord­ing to front­man Bil­lie Joe Arm­strong. “This has never hap­pened in the 30 years Green Day have been per­form­ing live,” Arm­strong said Sun­day in a state­ment posted to the band’s web­site. “If we had known prior to our per­for­mance we most likely would not have played at all. We are not heart­less peo­ple.” Pe­dro Au­nion Mon­roy had been per­form­ing an aerial stunt in­side a cube be­ing raised by a crane when he fell 100 feet in front of tens of thou­sands of peo­ple at the Mad Cool Fes­ti­val. The 42-year-old died while be­ing treated for his in­juries. Some fans ex­pressed shock that Green Day took the stage af­ter the ac­ci­dent. Ac­cord­ing to Arm­strong, the band was un­aware there had even been an ac­ro­batic per­for­mance, let alone that Mon­roy had fallen. About 15 min­utes be­fore Green Day’s sched­uled start, au­thor­i­ties told them to wait “be­cause there was some sort of se­cu­rity is­sue,” not an ab­nor­mal oc­cur­rence at fes­ti­vals. Then they were cleared to play. “Ev­ery­thing seemed nor­mal. The crowd and fans had a good time. We got off stage and drove back to our artist com­pound. It was there when we were told the shock­ing news about Pe­dro,” Arm­strong said. “All of us were in dis­be­lief. I don’t know why the au­thor­i­ties chose not to tell us about the ac­ci­dent be­fore our con­cert. All we know is what was said af­ter our con­cert.” He added: “We are so sad for Pe­dro and his fam­ily and we pray for them in this time of grief.”



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