On Instagram, Mickey Rourke boasted his role in the new film by Roman Polański “The Palace”. The shooting has been going on for a month in Gstaad, Switzerland, and the picture is made in an Italian-French-Swiss co-production. Polański wrote the script together with Jerzy Skolimowski. It is already known who else will appear in the film.
According to the British “The Independent” and the American portal Yahoo, as well as independent film portals overseas, including “The Film Stage”, the main producers of Polański’s film – CAB Production (France) and RAI Cinema (Italy) decided to keep the work on the picture a secret. The reason is supposed to be the bad reputation surrounding the Polish director’s name and the constant protests accompanying the cooperation with him.
Since yesterday, however, the largest film portal in the world, IMDB, informs that the cast included, next to Mickey Rourke, the legendary British comedy actor John Cleese – a member of the Monty Python group, and also the most famous Portuguese star Joaquim de Almeida.
“I gave him 110 percent confidence”
We do not know who Mickey Rourke will play in Roman Polański’s film, or whether it will be the main role, but it is known from the star’s enthusiastic entry that it is quite an experience for him.
On his Instagram account, Rourke wrote: “It is a great pleasure for me to work with the legendary and talented Roman Polański. It is a great privilege to work with such a director, because his films have style, class and unpredictability. For almost 60 years in the film business, you can always learn something new. I don’t usually talk to most directors, but Roman Polański is not just another director. Any suggestions he makes to me make my work easier due to his experience and knowledge. …) My goal from the beginning of this movie was to give him 110% confidence, which I never normally do. God bless this man, I can’t wait to make another movie with him. “
On Yahoo, IMDB and “The Film Stage”, there was also information about long negotiations with Catherine Deneuve, whose agent said, however, that the star would not appear in the film.
New Year’s Eve at the end of the 20th century
The plot of the film, as well as the cast, is kept secret. We do not know how the producers and the director himself reacted to Mickey Rourke’s effusive post, but it was thanks to him that we learned that the action of the film will take place on the last day of the 20th century in a luxurious hotel in Switzerland, where the fate of the film heroes will cross. .
The fact that Roman Polański wrote the script for “The Palace” together with Jerzy Skolimowski proves that the history of cooperation between the two Polish filmmakers who managed to make a global career has come full circle. Let us remind you that the authors jointly wrote the script for Polański’s fictional debut “Knife in the Water”, which was the first Polish film in history to be nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
The shooting will last until the end of May, and the world media is already speculating that perhaps Polański is preparing again for the festival in Venice. We would like to remind you that the last film by the director, “An Officer and a Spy”, won the Silver Lion for the best director, despite the protests of the festival guests accompanying his participation in the Lido competition.
However, the Polish filmmaker did not appear at the festival due to the accusation of rape and the threat of extradition to the USA, with which Italy has an extradition agreement.
“The Independent”, “The Film Stage”, Yahoo, imdb.com
Main photo source: Grzegorz Michałowski / PAP