Looper Interview: Emily Blunt Talks Shotguns, Redemption And A Nickname For Her Fans

By Sean O'Connell 2012-09-26 07:19:34discussion comments
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Our Looper coverage continues as we prep for Rian Johnsonís time-traveling assassination thriller, which opens in theaters on Friday, Sept. 28.

Earlier this week, we sat down with Looper star Joseph Gordon-Levitt to discuss his character, a hit man tasked with eliminating targets from a distant future who hesitates on pulling the trigger when he realizes Ė in the blink of an eye Ė that his latest victim is the future version of himself (played by Bruce Willis). While JGLís character goes on the hunt for his older self, his paths cross with a lovely but cautious farmer whose son has a bigger role in the larger Looper story.

The farmer is played by Emily Blunt, who took time at the Toronto International Film Festival to speak with us about chopping wood, her nickname for her fans, and the enormous power of a motherís love. Hereís Emily Blunt.

Did you feel that The Adjustment Bureau wasnít confusing enough for your die-hard fans, that you felt like you need to challenge them with a twisty time-bending thriller? And what, exactly, are your die-hard fans called? Blunt-ites? Blunt-heads?
Oh, yes! Blunt-heads would be good. We absolutely need to go with that!

Blunt-heads it is. Are you actively trying to challenge them?
Oh, sure. I think I really just want to challenge myself, more than anything. People have been asking me if Iím gravitating to these sci-fi roles, but I donít feel I necessarily am because theyíve been sort of sporadic as to when they come out. But I do like the idea of creating a backstop that is high concept for the characters to really have stuff to play with within that.

When writing my review, I normally leave one or two paragraphs for plot synopsis. And thatís just not possible with this film.
No, not at all.

And your character, in particular, is difficult to explain without giving far too much away.
Itís a definite challenge. And it has been a challenge for me to pitch (up here) when people ask me about it. Iím like, ďDuuuuuhhhhhh!Ē [Laughs]

Oh, thatís great. So what are you saying about Sarah that isnít ruining everything?
First off, thank you for not ruining everything. I play Sarah, who is a very, very tough cookie living an isolated existence on this remote farm in the middle of Kansas. I have a child. Iím a single mother. And sheís fiercely protective of her child. She never lets the outside world in, really. So Joeís character shows up, and sheís very wary and threatened by his presence. But heís actually there to protect them from Bruce Willis, whoís coming to get us, for reasons you are going to find out.

Ah ,yes. The farm. I want to thank you for mentioning at the Comic-Con panel the fact that you had real wood flown to your home in California so that in the scenes where you are chopping wood, it didnít look like youíd never done it before.
Yes, thatís right. And it worked. I actually do not chop wood like a sissy. I practiced for a few weeks beforehand.
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