“I enjoy taking all those parts of being a woman and using and abusing them. It’s an interesting and unsettling place to play as an actress.”

Rosamund pike he’s so good at playing bad. Her work as Amy Dunne in David Fincher‘s Girl is gone earned her a Best Actress nomination and is now receiving more love season awards for playing the duplicitous Marla Grayson in J Blakeson‘s I care a lot on Netflix. Marla seems to, well, worry a lot while working as a court appointed guardian for people in need when in reality, Marla is busy abusing the system behind the scenes. Marla targets seniors to be placed in care centers, whether they need to be there or not, so she can take control of their assets.

It’s a very disturbing and deplorable hustle and bustle, but somehow Blakeson and Pike keep you fully involved in Marla’s fight for a great payday and survival when she’s headed for the wrong ward. Dianne WiestJennifer Peterson, who has ties to a mobster (Peter dinklage).

Eiza Gonzalez, Dianne Wiest and Rosamund Pike in I Care a Lot

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How exactly do Blakeson and Pike accomplish that without sugarcoating the fact that Marla is doing something terrible herself? Here’s how Pike put it when he discussed the film for its release on February 19:

“One of the things about a character that is very unpleasant and that keeps you by your side is the fact that he doesn’t ask you for anything. She is not asking you to like her. She is not asking you to feel sorry for her. She’s not suddenly in the middle of the movie telling you a tragic story and saying, ‘Well, that’s why I am who I am. I think those are the kind of moves that derail a character like this, and it’s something that I really admire in the script for not doing. I think the other thing is that, in addition to realizing how impressive Marla is, we are also amazed at the same time by the whole system that is set up for people like her to win. The only reason Marla can have this hustle is because there is a loophole in the American health and legal system that allows her to do this. She is not breaking the law. It’s stretching it as thin as a piece of sticky tack can go, but it’s not breaking the law. ”

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Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl

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While the same certainly can’t be said for Amy Dunne when it comes to breaking the law, Pike was able to find some similarities in the two antiheroes:

“I have thought about Amy now that I have seen the movie. I didn’t think of Amy while making the movie. What they both do, those characters, is take the traditional notions of femininity, the things that people expect from their women, the qualities, and use them to their advantage. Imitate them, receive them very convincingly. Amy is becoming the tragic victim of all of American and you think that she is the victim until you realize that she is controlling the whole story. And with Marla, he is very convincing in court. She seems trustworthy, an upstanding citizen, who cares about people’s interest. She is responsible, reliable. She is a caregiver, a caregiver. And then you realize that she is neither of those things. She is only using these people for all she can get out of them. But it’s compelling in role-playing games, and I think I enjoy taking all those parts of being a woman and using and abusing them. It’s an interesting and haunting place to act as an actor. ”

Macon Blair and Rosamund Pike in I Care a Lot

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You can watch our full conversation in the video at the top of this article to hear more from Pike about his experience making I care a lot. The movie is now available to watch on Netflix and I can’t recommend it highly enough, but if you need a little more conviction, take a look. Matt goldbergToronto International Film Festival 2020 Film Review.

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