If you haven’t seen it, you’ve definitely heard of Poor Things. The film, based on Alasdair Gray’s novel, has been nominated for 11 Oscars and is hailed by critics and audiences as director Yorgos Lanthimos’ best work to date.
However, according to an interview with producers Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe on the Hollywood Gold podcast, this fantastic film would not have happened if it weren’t for Emma Stone.
How Emma Stone secured the production of Poor Things
On the podcast, the pair of producers revealed they were fans of director Yorgos’ Greek films and helped him successfully navigate the transition to English-language films, starting with 2015’s The Lobster starring Colin Farrell.
According to the producers, Emma Stone was Yorgos’ first choice for the film after he worked with her on The Favorite in 2018. Emma was brought in as the film’s star and producer, and it was because of her name and role in this important position that the film was even made by a studio.
They said, “we need an actress like Emma, and the truth is, there is no other actor like Emma. So this is a unique proposition; we needed him to be involved in making the film.”
He added, “not only did he participate in this, but he was instrumental in shaping and guiding it, defending it, and supporting it every step of the way.”
The producers revealed that they are confident that Emma and Yorgos will continue to collaborate on the project and that they hope the two will “push and encourage each other in the best way.”
Poor Things is in theaters now.