Emma and Tony

I think Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins work well together because they have a fantastic on-screen chemistry and they adopt the same working method.

They played together on Howards End (1992) and The remains of the day (1993) becoming a tight team with James Ivory’s crew.

A couple of years ago (2018) they shared the set again for the first time in 25 years for the adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy King Lear.

In the following interview Emma talks about the chemistry between them, saying that they don’t rehearse very much, but prefer to read their parts alone and then get on set and see what happens.

They totally absorb their characters and then they let them come to life on set.

They just like acting!

Emma Thompson talks about Anthony Hopkins

Take a look at this interview that dates back to 1993. They both describe their feelings of sadness and pity for the quiet desperation of their characters, Miss Kenton and Mr Stevens.

Read it in the Los Angeles Times

The book scene – The remains of the day

Put together two great actors, a marvelous screenplay and a high level director, then you will get a masterpiece!

The book scene” is one of the most touching love scene ever shot, although there are no kisses but Emma admitted that Anthony Hopkins “is a human volcano, quietly ready to go off”, so she was completely breathless at the end of each take.

Miss Kenton (the housekeeper) and Mr Stevens (the butler) are in love with each other but they never come out explicitly. This scene shows us the moment when they finally are phisically closest and she wants to snatch a book out of Mr Stevens’s hand to see if he is reading a racy book. They start flirting together, the emotional tension reaches the climax when she gets closer and closer and puts him in the corner while he’s keeping his eyes glued to her face.

The music becomes dramatic, Ivory skilfully uses lights and shadows and we can feel that the unspoken love has filled the room.

Great acting performance, Emma and Tony!

Are you reading a racy book?