No wonder Cannes has controversy this year, for exhibiting provocative work is in their DNA. The work that turned the halls and corridors of the festival upside down has been “The idol”.
The HBO series, which premieres on June 4, arrived on the French Riviera surrounded by rumors pointing to a problematic filming that Rolling Stone magazine once brought to light, describing the production as “a twisted piece of torture porn.”
The author of “Euphoria” and one of the creators of “The idol”, Steven Levinson, did not escape the question in the official press conference of the contest about whether these tensions were true on the set. “We know we’re doing a show that’s provocative. It is not something that escapes us. When my wife read the article to me, I looked at her and said, ‘We’re about to have the biggest show of the summer,'” she replied.
“The Idol”. ESPECIAL/ HBO Max
Canadian Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, who makes his debut as a television actor in this project, helped create his character Tedros, for whom he said he was inspired by the figure of Dracula. “I wanted to make a dark and twisted fantasy about the music industry… Take everything I know about it and make it real.“added the artist, who in the plot plays the leader of a modern cult and owner of a club who begins a stormy relationship with Jocelyn (Lily-Rose Depp), the pop singer who is coming out of a psychotic break after the death from his mother.
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The series also talks about the cruelty of fame and the world of music and does not hesitate to make direct references to collapses like those of Britney Spears, although Levinson denied at the conference having been inspired by her and called her “one of the biggest stars in pop history”.
The daughter of Vanessa Paradis and Jonhhy Depp has the most transgressive role in the film and her disturbing sexual scene has been one of the most commented.
The actress pointed out that the scenes that were made were for the benefit of the story. “Jocelyn is a born artist (…) her choices are attempts to express herself emotionally.” Tedros and his toxic and violent masculinity are another topic that has generated discomfort.
The actors clarified that the speculations of a bad environment and chaos are unfounded, that the team loves and is proud of the final product.
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