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'Hemingway & Gellhorn' Debuts in Cannes and on HBO: Kidman & Owen Talk Sex and Hemingway's Boots

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood May 9, 2012 at 4:02PM

Philip Kaufman's "Hemingway & Gellhorn" will premiere out of competition in Cannes before its Monday, May 28 debut on HBO. It stars Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen as the titular pair, as well as Peter Coyote ("Erin Brockovich"), David Strathairn ("Good Night and Good Luck"), Molly Parker ("The Road"), and Parker Posey ("A Mighty Wind").
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"Hemingway & Gellhorn"
"Hemingway & Gellhorn"

Philip Kaufman's "Hemingway & Gellhorn" will premiere out of competition in Cannes before its Monday, May 28 debut on HBO. It stars Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen as the titular pair, as well as Peter Coyote ("Erin Brockovich"), David Strathairn ("Good Night and Good Luck"), Molly Parker ("The Road"), and Parker Posey ("A Mighty Wind").

"Hemingway & Gellhorn" recounts the love affair between equally formidable war correspondent Martha Gellhorn and literary master Ernest Hemingway as the pair cover the Spanish Civil War, travel to China, Cuba, and battle in the bedroom.

In addition to a promo clip in which the stars talk about building their characters (posted below), Kidman and Owen graced the May cover of "W" and answered questions about acting, sex scenes and doing justice to literary masters. The full interview is here, with highlights below:

Owen on filming intimate moments:

It’s much harder to do a death scene. You’ve got to do it convincingly, and it’s a huge thing to die [laughs]. Sex scenes are only hard if there’s no narrative conveyed through the sex scene. In the Hemingway film, the sex scenes have a story going through them. It’s part of who these people are and what they are.

On researching Papa Hemingway:

The incredible thing about the house, which his wife donated to the Cuban government, is that the moment he died, they locked the place down... I got in Hemingway’s home, and everything is still there. His clothes are in the closet. His books. His typewriters. His coats are still hanging in the closet just as he left them…. Everything! I tried on his boots. I don’t think I’ve ever done anywhere near as much research for any part. It was hugely enjoyable to walk around hearing Hemingway’s voice in my head.

Kidman on Martha Gellhorn:

I knew nothing about Martha, but I’ve always been drawn to unique women who are willing to take on the world. The exciting thing about this film is that you see her discovering her nature. At the beginning, she’s a lot of talk. She knows that she’s either got to get her hands dirty and become what she pretends to be or she’s a fraud. In the end, Gellhorn out-Hemingways Hemingway.

And her relative shot heard round the web on nude scenes:


I don’t mind being naked. Maybe as I get older, and now after having had a baby, it might be different, but I enjoy not letting my issues get in the way of a performance. Once I start putting all my little insecurities in my mind, I’m not actually acting. Then it’s about me—and it should never be about me. It should be about the character.

This article is related to: Hemingway & Gellhorn, Ernest Hemingway (novel), Nicole Kidman, Nicole Kidman, Clive Owen, Clive Owen, Parker Posey, Molly Parker, Cannes Film Festival


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.