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Re: What directors, actors and critics have to say about her
« Reply #30 on: April 22, 2017, 03:41:04 PM »
Nor me.. Nice comments also from Keira Knightly and screenwriter Chris Hammpton.

Ian McEwan commented on Saoirse in the film...

https://tinyurl.com/kxxxxfs
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« Reply #31 on: April 22, 2017, 10:54:02 PM »
Ian McEwan commented on Saoirse in the film...
I once had that interview on heavy rotation.

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« Reply #32 on: September 18, 2017, 03:21:45 AM »
This is how legends are created.
Just out today:

Hollywood heart-throb Ryan Gosling declares Saoirse Ronan is the new Meryl Streep and says she made him a better actor

Ryan, who once publicly schooled the industry on the pronunciation of Saoirse’s name, is working on plans to shoot with her on home turf in Ireland.

The La La Land actor said: “She’s a genius. She’s a master. She made me a better actor, I think any actor she works with, there’s an elevation in their abilities, upping their game.

I felt like I was working with a master, like someone from the Golden Age. Someone superior to my skills as an actor in every way. She’s Meryl reborn. Well actually, she’s Saoirse, that name has the same recognition like Meryl (Streep) for being the best. Because she is the best.

“So absolutely, certainly, 100 percent, we are going to work together again, I look forward to it. I don’t know when that will be, that is one busy actor.

“But I know she wants to bring me to Ireland, I’m fully on board.”


https://www.thesun.ie/news/1546801/hollywood-heart-throb-ryan-gosling-declares-saoirse-ronan-is-the-new-meryl-streep-and-says-she-made-him-a-better-actor/

So, that's not too bad.
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Re: What directors, actors and critics have to say about her
« Reply #33 on: October 04, 2017, 10:15:13 AM »
I was surprised to find a copy of The Way Back in a DVD store recently.  It includes a “making of” documentary in which Peter Weir and Colin Farrell comment on working with 14 or 15 year old Saoirse:

Colin Farrell:  “Breath of fresh air, really was, and all the lads were talking about it before she came saying God it will be great to have... some young energy and some female energy and just a completely different perspective.”

Peter Weir:  “Somehow she was... born an actress, I’m talking about screen acting too which is with all its subtleties and particular aspects.”

Colin Farrell:  “With all the success that she’s had she’s so lovely with it, or she’s not with it at all... she’s just really cool and she’s obviously a bit of a brilliant actor, won’t get into that or you might see me turn green with envy.”

There’s three key aspects to this film.  First it’s a tribute to those who suffered in the Soviet gulag system.  Second, the scenery and cinematography are breathtaking especially in the arid regions.  Third, the entire film changes when Saoirse’s character Irena enters the fray.  As Colin Farrell suggests she completely changes the dynamic of the group and the tone of the film.  In fact the film really splits into three portions: pre Irena, with Irena and post Irena.

Interesting that Bulgaria played the part of Siberia and the Moroccan Sahara played the part of Mongolia.  So Saoirse actually filmed in Morocco for two consecutive films: TWB and Hanna.

Interesting also that Saoirse was third credited in TWB above Colin Farrell even though she only features in a little more than a third of the film.  Colin Farrell was pretty good too.

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« Reply #34 on: December 15, 2017, 05:31:05 PM »
https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/12/joe-wright-darkest-hour-director-interview-on-gary-oldman-saoirse-ronan-and-keira-knightley

Joe Wright Talks about Saoirse

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You first cast Ronan in Atonement when she was 11. What were your first impressions of her back then?

We met many, many kids for that role. Then we were sent this tape of this little girl speaking in this perfect 1920s English accent. Immediately, she had this kind of intensity, dynamism, and willfulness. . . . When we got her to come over to London to meet and read with us, I was shocked to discover this little Irish kid who spoke with a thick Irish accent. I thought maybe there’d been a mistake. And then I sat down to read with her, and as soon as she started reading, I realized she was an extraordinary talent.

What do you think of her role in Lady Bird?

It’s a wonderful performance. . . . There is no sense of her acting and yet what she’s doing is incredibly skilled and technical, and at the same time accessing great wells of emotional truth. . . . She makes it look completely easy.

When you cast these two women, did you have a sense back then that their careers would turn out as they have?

Saoirse was a foregone conclusion.

<3. I hope they do another film together when Saoirse is in her late 20's.
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Re: What directors, actors and critics have to say about her
« Reply #35 on: December 16, 2017, 01:52:18 AM »
https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/12/joe-wright-darkest-hour-director-interview-on-gary-oldman-saoirse-ronan-and-keira-knightley

Joe Wright Talks about Saoirse

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You first cast Ronan in Atonement when she was 11. What were your first impressions of her back then?

We met many, many kids for that role. Then we were sent this tape of this little girl speaking in this perfect 1920s English accent. Immediately, she had this kind of intensity, dynamism, and willfulness. . . . When we got her to come over to London to meet and read with us, I was shocked to discover this little Irish kid who spoke with a thick Irish accent. I thought maybe there’d been a mistake. And then I sat down to read with her, and as soon as she started reading, I realized she was an extraordinary talent.

What do you think of her role in Lady Bird?

It’s a wonderful performance. . . . There is no sense of her acting and yet what she’s doing is incredibly skilled and technical, and at the same time accessing great wells of emotional truth. . . . She makes it look completely easy.

When you cast these two women, did you have a sense back then that their careers would turn out as they have?

Saoirse was a foregone conclusion.

<3. I hope they do another film together when Saoirse is in her late 20's.

 :)

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« Reply #36 on: January 10, 2018, 12:38:43 PM »
More Joe Wright talk...

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Atonement (2007)

"I remember it was between two projects: one was Atonement, and the other one was [1993 Sebastian Faulkner adaptation] Birdsong, the book about the First World War. I didn’t know which one to do and my agent said, “If you know a secret about one of them, that’s the one you should do.” I knew immediately then it had to be Atonement.

"I had a secret about it. I could see the film so clearly in my head. It was so much about form as much as content, and the form reflected the content so perfectly. I was so excited about it. I kind of muddled through Pride & Prejudice but with Atonement, I knew what I was doing. That makes it sound like I had no doubt - I had doubts; I didn’t know whether it would work. But I knew exactly what I wanted to try to do.

"Then along came Saoirse Ronan, and that piece of casting allowed the film to be what it became… we were very lucky. It happened with Gary in Darkest Hour too. I always resented the David Lean quote when he said directing is 99 percent of casting. I like to think that I have more control than that but unfortunately, I think he was right the old bugger."

Hanna (2011)

"Hanna was nice. It was Saoirse Ronan’s idea. Usually, the director casts the actor but in this case, the actor cast the director. She was on board with the movie already - it was a Focus Features thing - and she asked me to direct it. It was written by an extraordinary very eccentric writer called Seth Lockhead who was 25 when he wrote it and had never written anything else. His script was so crazy and wild that the studio got someone else to come in and rewrite it.

"When I read the first draft, I was very fascinated to find the wild crazy stuff as well as this straight procedural stuff. I asked what had happened and discovered that the writer they’d brought on had written the straight procedural stuff, so I asked for the original writer to come back on board.

"It was a wonderful opportunity to express a different side of my cinematic love which is for David Lynch, and that kind of strangeness and hyperreality, dream state stuff. And I used [music by] The Chemical Brothers, so I could get the early 90s rave scene side of my aesthetic in there."
“You need to do what’s right for you and what your instinct is telling you to do, because only then, I think, you can be the best version of yourself.” - Saoirse

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« Reply #37 on: May 17, 2018, 05:47:58 PM »
Just posting this here; think it's probably one of the best compliments a writer can give to an actor that has portrayed their work on screen. Great to see people like Ian and Nick Hornby saying they want to continue to work with her!

Ian Mcewan on Saoirse:

https://www.ocregister.com/2018/05/17/actress-saoirse-ronan-and-novelist-ian-mcewan-talk-about-teaming-up-again-to-make-the-film-version-of-on-chesil-beach/

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"Ian McEwan didn’t know Saoirse Ronan before she was cast as a 12-year-old in the 2007 adaptation of his novel “Atonement,” but the talent and intelligence with which she brought to life the role of Briony on screen – work that earned her the first of three Oscar nominations – forever changed the way he considered his own creation on the page.

"What she in effect did was entirely kidnap the part,” McEwan said by phone from London recently. “I cannot open the pages of that novel and see any sentence about Briony without seeing Saoirse now.”"

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“Saoirse is an actor who can really give you a sense of an inner life, without having to write the inner life out for her,” he said. “There’s something about her silences. Something about the way she listens to things, as well as the way she speaks and projects. It’s very rich, rich in sort of immediate human meaning, and I think the same is true of Billy.”

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"“So very lucky for me to have had two works with her,” he said. “I hope we’ll work together again on something. Don’t know what yet, but she really is immensely, immensely gifted.”

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Re: What directors, actors and critics have to say about her
« Reply #38 on: May 20, 2018, 12:40:01 AM »
The words of McEwan on Saoirse always floor me. Other writers have raved about her, Stephenie Meyer comes to mind. But Meyer is a hack,  McEwan is one of the brightest lights of the literary firmament. It's like listening to Shakespeare extolling the acting virtues of Richard Burbage.


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Re: What directors, actors and critics have to say about her
« Reply #39 on: July 09, 2018, 10:34:05 AM »
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/movie-news/ive-become-more-and-more-convinced-of-her-genius-director-kevin-mcdonald-on-whitney-houston-37085298.html

Kevin McDonald on Saoirse, 9th July 2018:

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...while dystopian teen romance How I Live Now (2013) also won praise for its young star, Saoirse Ronan ("She's the greatest talent I've worked with, and when I worked with her, she had her 18th birthday on set. She's the new Meryl Streep").
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I'm not sure about the 18th birthday thing.  I thought that was when she was doing The Host.

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« Reply #40 on: July 09, 2018, 08:34:55 PM »
One needs to remember a successful director like Kevin who has been around a while is obviously very comfortable "going there" despite referencing an actress that has so many noms (lost count) and three wins.