'Lady Macbeth' star talks
murder, sex and playing her scary part in new film
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[April 25, 2017] LONDON
(Reuters) - The star of dark and racy period drama "Lady
Macbeth", Florence Pugh, says playing the new British
film's protagonist was terrifying, not just because her
character was so complex but because she herself was
scared of her.
Pugh, listed among Breakthrough Brits by the British Academy
of Television Arts (BAFTA) in 2016, plays Katherine, a young
woman, stifled by her loveless marriage to a much older man and
abused by her grim new family.
"I knew Katherine was an incredible character but I also knew
that the job behind her was huge and it did terrify me because
there was a lot of her to tackle in just one film," Pugh told
"But for me that really excites me, when a character kind of
scares me," she said.
The film charts the violent lengths to which Katherine is
willing to go to protect her newfound freedom after she starts
an affair with a groomsman (Cosmo Jarvis), a relationship that
starts when her husband Alexander (Paul Hilton) and controlling
father-in-law Boris (Christopher Fairbank) are away on business.
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For Pugh, however, some of the film's most interesting aspects were
other people's reactions to Katherine's dark side.
"Some of the features about Katherine that really excited me was
that throughout the entire film she goes beyond herself and hurts a
lot of people and we still love her, we still root for her, we still
want her to succeed," she said.
"Lady Macbeth" opens in the UK on Friday and in U.S. cinemas in
(Reporting by Sara Hemrajani; Writing by Mark Hanrahan; Editing by
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