Patricia Muñoz Sánchez
Madrid, Nov 28 (EFE) .- After taking the witness of Harrison Ford as Han Solo in the “Star Wars” saga, Alden Ehrenreich dared to explore “Brave New World”, a dystopian series in which he becomes the sheep black from a herd of humans with a robotic profile, an experience he spoke about with Efe.
Alden Ehrenreich (Los Angeles, 1989) is one of the few actors who, at his age, can boast of having been under the direction of directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, the Coen brothers, Woody Allen or the visionary Park Chan-wook in addition to having starred in one of the movies in the “Star Wars” universe.
“Tetro” (2009), by Coppola; “Stoker” (2013), by Chan-wook; “Blue Jasmine” (2013), by Allen and “Hail, Caesar!” (2016), by the Coens, will be forever reflected in the curriculum of the Los Angeles actor, who this strange 2020 has allowed him to fully immerse himself in the world of series, a place with which the interpreter had rarely flirted.
He does so with the dystopia “Brave new world”, a television adaptation of the 1932 novel “A happy world” by Aldoux Huxley, which Ehrenreich admits having had in his hands but did not read until he was part of the cast of the series, broadcast in United States on the Peacock platform.
“When I read the script for this series I realized that there was nothing quite like it. It has a very unusual tone, a mixture of heartbreaking drama with satire, humor and with a very different, unusual and interesting character to which I I really wanted to give life, “the 31-year-old actor begins by explaining.
“Brave New World” raises a society, “New London” in which happiness and perfection are imposed, the result of depriving its inhabitants of privacy, family and the option of being monogamous. A happiness that depends on a drug in the form of candy that keeps the herd at bay.
It is at this point that the actor makes a stop to reflect on the capacity of the series to be a reflection of the society in which we live, in which people “do not want to leave their comfort zone”.
“The brilliance of this series is that it presents a world in which people do not want to be uncomfortable so they decide to eliminate risk factors such as family or monogamy to create a world of apparent, but totally wrong, happiness”, explains the actor.
“This is a great reflection of our world,” he continues. “We always seek that certain perfection and avoid discomfort. People avoid facing the uncomfortable experiences of others.”
“It is uncomfortable and painful to open up to the world, but it is necessary,” emphasizes the actor, who gives life to what could be called ‘the black sheep’ -not only because of his totally dark clothing- of this whole story: John ‘El Salvaje’ .
John belongs to that group of humans who were left out of that select society that forms the “perfect” and “immaculate” city of “New London”, a character who becomes the hurricane that destabilizes the foundations of the robotic and aseptic place.
The evolution of the character and the fact of being fully involved in the construction of it are the keys that the actor comments: “John is a person who, at the beginning of the series, has no power and is even bullied” .
“When he sneaks into that new world, he gets that desire to be in control, to have power and he realizes that this society is certainly naive and can manipulate it,” says the actor, who recognizes that the biggest challenge was at the level physical and emotional.
“I lost a lot of weight for the role, especially for the first part, where I was in the wild and food was supposed to be scarce. On an emotional level it was the most complicated and it was tough, but in a good way,” he says.
The actor acknowledges that, after starring in “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (2018), he did not have in mind to participate in a series like this one that, with his first reading, “excited” him.
“I loved that it raised more questions than it solved. The series leaves the door open to the viewer’s choice. Not everything is black or white, good or bad, there are many nuances and the possibility that they connect with the different characters and see that you can always find a place in society. ” EFE
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