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Creed Is Good
Rising starlet Gemma Arterton has added another gem to her increasingly glittering CV with the controversial new thriller The Disappearance Of Alice Creed. She talks to Tara Brady about nudity, violence and her sex symbol status.
Tara Brady, 28 Apr 2010
Bond babe, cover girl and heart-stopping beauty, Gemma Arterton couldn’t look more demure. Sitting in dainty white pumps and a softly tailored jacket, you can’t help but think what Fellini or Hitchcock might have done with her at the height of their respective powers. Then she opens her mouth.
“I’ve done plenty of shitty roles in shitty films before now, know what I mean?”
Ah ha. This girl is no mere brunette Grace Kelly: this girl is a Charlton Athletic supporter. She can do plummy vowels and marbles-in-the-mouth consonants when it suits; indeed, this season you can catch her doing received pronunciation in Clash Of The Titans and the incoming Prince Of Persia. But for a RADA graduate – she received a full scholarship, no less - she’s surprisingly real.
“Last year I had one film or maybe two films come out,” she says. “Now they’ve all come along at once like buses. It’s fortunate and unfortunate. I’m in everything at the minute. People must be sitting down at movies and thinking, ‘Oh bloody hell, not her again’. I’m going to take a bit of time off now so you won’t have to see me for a while.”
Today, she’s here to talk about the film she’s most proud of on her increasingly glittering CV. Never mind the Hollywood stuff, she says; go see The Disappearance Of Alice Creed. A splendidly twisty thriller from hotly tipped newcomer J. Blakeson, the film features an unrecognisably messy Ms. Arterton as the victim of a kidnapping plot. Her abductors – brilliantly realised by co-stars Martin Compston and Eddie Marsan – appear to have a perfect plan but nothing in this ingenious chamber piece is quite what it seems.
“You know what?” she says brightly. “I never had the opportunity to do a film that gave me the opportunity to act before this one. I had to serve the script and the director and actually do a bit of bloody work. This really is the first film I needed to work on and not just sit around in a dress looking glam. It was so satisfying and so exhausting. Every night I went home feeling, ‘Yeah, this is what I am supposed to be doing.’ I’m comfortable with this.”