One of the most anticipated releases this year by Disney fans is the ‘live-action’ of ‘The Little Mermaid’, which stars halle bailey, who embodies the rebellious and innocent Ariel. The film -which recreates the animated classic- arrives this Thursday at cinemas from Peru and the world, with an ambitious proposal and a great challenge: to undermine the different criticisms around the diversity of its protagonist.
In that sense, TROME was able to speak exclusively with the director Rob Marshall and the producer John DeLuca, who highlighted that the film leaves a message of tolerance and acceptance towards others. In addition, they highlighted the work of Halle Bailey, who they considered that she more than fulfilled her role as a perfect Ariel in this production.
How do you feel after this long process?
Rob Marshall: How do we feel now at this point? My God. Well, relieved, excited. Excited to share it with the world, that’s for sure. The message of the film is something very global, something meaningful to us. about not being afraid of people who are different atYo. That’s what Ariel goes through on his journey. It’s about not being afraid of the human world in this case. And so it is, the message of tolerance and acceptance is beautiful. So we’re very excited right now, I personally am, to share this with the world.
How did you take on the challenge of bringing this live action of an animated character as beloved as Ariel to the cinema?
RM: Excited. Well, I think, you know what, the challenge of this movie was probably the biggest. I mean, John and I were talking about it recently, that this is the most challenging movie we’ve ever made, and we never could have made it if we hadn’t made every movie up to this point.
John DeLuca: From afar (laughs)
RM: When they told us, I mean literally, right, John? I mean, the first thing they said to us was, you know, would you like to do this? And we thought, well, how do we make an underwater musical?
JD: It was a daunting task, but we, I mean all the actors and the creative team, we just followed Rob’s lead and we all tried to let the technical aspects, the enormously challenging and overwhelming technical aspects, not direct the film. We had to do an incredible amount of preparation and meetings, and we all had to put all our brains together, but Rob always insisted that the story and the heart of this movie is the most important thing. It may not seem like a technical exercise. So it was fun to be able to have that technique, but still let the story fly.
On the other hand, the first press reviews are positive regarding Halle Bailey’s work as Ariel. What would you take away from working with her? What do you value most about her after this experience?
RM: Well, Halle Bailey is a very special actress and singer. We knew it from the moment we saw her and heard her sing the song ‘Part of your world’ for the first time. It was very emotional to listen to. She is so deeply connected as an artist and it was so moving that I burst into tears. From her It continued to grow as we worked with her throughout the process. She was so young. She was 18 years old when she auditioned for us. She is 23 now.
JD: But he always had this brilliant spirit and inner strength within an innocent character. She went in with it.
RM: Yeah, it’s all the things you want for Ariel. You want the passion and the strength, but you want the naivety and you want the ethereal quality. It was an almost impossible task to find this person to play this role, but Ariel, you know, Halle claimed this for herself. She basically said, this is my role. We didn’t really have any decisions to make at the end. It was so clear. I mean, she set the bar so high and no one has ever, ever, ever, ever raised that bar. This (the role of Ariel) was meant for her..
Well, you mentioned the song “Part of your world” and it was a very touching moment in the movie. How did you feel when you finished filming that part?
RM: I was so happy with that musical number because it’s the first one in the movie. It comes 15 minutes into the movie and you know we’re very careful where we play the songs, they have to feel very organic, you have to feel that they feel perfect from the storytelling. And this particular song is really the engine of the whole movie. She describes what she wants, but the stakes are high there. The stakes are high, it’s kind of do or die for her. And what I love about how we were able to create this, it’s very complicated to shoot, but she really, you know, you feel her heart, as John was saying. You feel her soul, you feel what she wants, and that, and that, that, because that becomes the engine, that’s where we go with her journey to get there.
JD: And she almost has a childlike wonder, but, but a mature passion, which is a big, a big, uhm…
RM: Yes, nothing will stop her. And the beautiful thing about that is that at the end of that song, she breaks all the rules and breaks the surface. She can’t take it anymore, which is something we created.
JD: It was very important to him. He wanted to wait…
RM: Yes, I wanted to wait. It had to be the biggest moment. She had to go there. She has never been there before. And so she’s a powerful piece. I mean, I have to say, at a world premiere last Monday there was applause during the song and then. Incredible.
What do you hope the public remembers the most after seeing the film? What do you hope they consider when they mention the ‘Little Mermaid’ of this generation?
Rob: For this generation, what it’s going to mean for them…I mean, I think it emboldens so many people who feel weird.
Rob: You know, boys, girls, men, women, anyone who feels like they don’t fit in. This is a story about them. And that they can, even if they feel displaced and don’t feel like they belong, there is a place for its. Even if they have to suffer to get there, which is a lot that happens in our movie, you know, there’s a way to get there. You just have to follow your instincts. Your inner self and your interior, and you know, even if you think you don’t have it, you have the strength to do it. It is inspiring for us.
John: This was a very strong theme for me from the original story of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. And it still rings today.
Rob: Yes, it’s a very contemporary subject.
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