February 10, 2005

A REACH (via Robert Schwartz):

An Angel You Wouldn't Want to Be Touched By (HILARY DE VRIES, February 6, 2005, NY Times)

HILARY DE VRIES: "Constantine" is quite a departure for you. What interested you in the film?

TILDA SWINTON: I loved the idea of a blockbuster film that talks about good and evil at a time when everyone is talking about good and evil and the "axis" thereof, and the rest of us are expected to just sort of swallow it. It felt like it had the capacity to be a radical political film.

Q. You're playing the angel Gabriel, who has traditionally been characterized as unremittingly good and as a man - neither of which is true in this film.

A. Gabriel is God's right-hand man, his messenger, his bouncer, and he's dedicated 1,000 percent to getting souls into heaven. I think there is something quite extraordinary in the story of this film that places the emissary of good as the one who tortures the world in God's name. It felt like the most radical thing for the film to do.

Q. It's a complete departure from the Bible.

A. Yes, but it is absolutely not a departure from real life as we are living it today, in the grip of people who are dressing themselves up as God's right hand and taking us into war. The challenge was to make sure Gabriel never turns into an evil demon, that we see how he engineers this extraordinarily violent apocalypse out of love. Which is sort of the situation we're all in now.

Even their most faithful minions, among whom we'd count ourselves, don't consider George W. Bush, Tony Blair, and John Howard to be angels.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 10, 2005 10:24 AM

Ascribing fundamentalistic/messanic beliefs to your political enemies on the right was cutting edge for the anti-war left about 1964 or so. But it still gets the Times excited because they fanticize movies like this will leave political and religious conservatives aghast while creating crowds of converts who will finally see the light on what folks like Bush, Howard and Blair are really doing.

In reality, it's a $90 million film that will rise or fall on its ability to entertain at the comic book level it's based on, and if the anti-religious message trumphs the action, it will be in the "New DVD Releases" display at Blockbuster before spring is over.

Posted by: John at February 10, 2005 11:29 AM

Do we really care what women whose IQs are smaller than their bra sizes have to say about anything?

Posted by: Bart at February 10, 2005 11:57 AM

Depends on how big their bra size is...

Posted by: The Wife at February 10, 2005 12:29 PM

I do not know if Tilda can repeat her lines, but she certainly can't think.

Posted by: Luciferous at February 10, 2005 12:33 PM

Small details seem to be unimportant whenever an agenda is involved; however, a little Angelology might have revealed that a) the Archangel Gabriel is indeed the messenger, but little else, and b) the Archangel Michael is what was crudely described as the "bouncer" and the "right hand man," as the Captain of the Heavenly Host (Delta Force on steroids, perhaps...)

Not terribly important in the greater scheme of things, perhaps, but certainly indicative of Hollywood's desire to change anything generally deemed as sacred to the profane.

Posted by: Mike at February 10, 2005 1:43 PM

It sounds sooo 1970's.

Posted by: Mikey at February 10, 2005 2:20 PM

Archangel Michael was more in an administrative role, Archangel Kenny did the bouncing.

Posted by: Amos at February 10, 2005 6:01 PM

Patrick Swayze -- Dalton, Head Bouncer Double Deuce Club. Road House (1989). "Dalton's the best bouncer in the business. His nights are filled with fast action, hot music and beautiful women. It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it."

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at February 10, 2005 6:28 PM

The Archangel Guido is the "enforcer". The Archangel Matilda (Maud) is the one who calls the shots for all but the big "Triune Guy" himself.

Posted by: Webb at February 11, 2005 9:01 PM
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