Florence Pugh talks “very raw and very painful” Black Widow
In a recent interview during Variety’s Actors on Actors segment, actress Florence Pugh (Midsommer) took some time to drop a few more Black Widow details. The great thing about Pugh’s quotes is that she genuinely seems to get a real kick out of starring in a big-time blockbuster opposite one of the biggest stars in the world, Scarlett Johansson.
“I think we’ve made something very raw and very painful and very beautiful and I think people are going to be really surprised by the outcome of a big action film having that much heart,” Pugh said. “And I know lots of people will be emotional about her because her character had such a hard ending [in “Endgame”], but it was special learning from her, and she’s been doing this for like 10 years in those films. For this to be her film was special. And I got to be there and see how she does stunts and lives it, and it’s so her.”
Pugh clearly has certainly enjoyed her time working with the Black Widow team, and even revealed how surreal it was to work on a Marvel production…
“I don’t know what the other films are like and working on them, but I remember being on set many times and thinking, ‘I know this isn’t like this, I know this is unique and I have to take it all in.'”
Scarlett Johansson returns as Natasha Romanoff, a spy and assassin who grew up being trained by the KGB before breaking from their grasp and becoming an agent of SHIELD and an Avenger. The film is expected to be set after the events of Captain America: Civil War, but before Avengers: Infinity War.
Black Widow will also feature a star-studded cast including Golden Globe nominee David Harbour (Stranger Things, Hellboy) as Alexei aka The Red Guardian, Florence Pugh (Fighting with My Family) as Yelena Belova, Academy Award-winning actress Rachel Weisz (The Favourite) as Melina and O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale) as Mason.
The movie is being directed by Cate Shortland (Lore) from a script written by Jac Schaeffer (The Hustle).