British actress Jodie Comer says her new comedy-action adventure “Free Guy” may have started out as a blockbuster but the COVID-19 pandemic has made the movie take on a new life and give it more meaning.
Comer, who missed the film’s world premiere in New York a week earlier, made the comment as she attended a rainy red carpet premiere in London on Monday (August 9).
“Free Guy”, which was filmed in the summer of 2019, had its release postponed several times due to the pandemic.
“I think is interesting is that we shot this pre-COVID, pre-pandemic and it’s almost like the film has taken on a new form without any of us intending it to. You know, the film is very much about self realisation, you know, realising your own power, being selfless and I think as a collective, people have had very personal experiences around that. So it’s really, really lovely to see people taking away something other than just to be entertained,” she said.
“Free Guy” stars Ryan Reynolds as a happy-go-lucky bank clerk who finds out he is an NPC (non-playable character) living in a virtual world, after meeting – and falling for – Comer’s character Millie – aka Molotov Girl.
Comer, in her first major Hollywood movie role, stars both as her avatar and the real-life game developer Millie.
“The stunts were definitely a new thing for me. I had to really work hard with the stunt department, which was, you know, really rewarding. And it was tough. But, you know, when you watch the film in its kind of final form and see it all together I’m like ‘OK, I’m proud of that,” the 28-year-old actor said.
Oscar-winning “Jojo Rabbit” director Taika Waititi plays bad guy Antwan in the film which features a host of celebrity cameos and pop culture references. The movie, co-produced by Reynolds, was directed by Shawn Levy and also stars Joe Keery, Lil Rel Howery and Utkarsh Ambudkar.
Comer has been keeping busy in the past months, recently wrapping on the upcoming TV drama “Help” in which she stars opposite Stephen Graham as a worker in a care home which is struck by the coronavirus pandemic.
She is currently filming the final season of hit series “Killing Eve” but kept mum on what audiences can expect from the finale.
“Nothing. My mouth is sealed! So yeah, I can’t say anything. But we’re halfway through now, so it’s, we’ve got like four more episodes now to shoot and then it’s done. So hopefully, you know, people will enjoy it and they’ll be satisfied,” she said.
“Free Guy” is out globally from August 11.