“He was snoring!” Margot Robbie reveals she put Amsterdam director David O. Russell to sleep after he asked her to read lines like she ‘just took three Xanax’
Margot Robbie has revealed that she put Amsterdam director David O. Russell to sleep during a scene after he asked her to read her lines “like you just took three Xanax.”
The 32-year-old actress stars in the film as Valerie Voss, a nurse who becomes entangled in the murder of a US senator in the 1930s.
Speaking with BBC Radio 1’s Ali Plumbshe said: “One day he let me come in to read like 40 pages of dialogue.
Interview: Margot Robbie revealed she put Amsterdam director David O. Russell to sleep during a scene after he asked her to read her lines ‘like you just took three Xanax’
‘I start to read and he says ‘no no no, calmer, more relaxed’. So I did it again…and he said “no, no no. I want you to read it like you just took three Xanax”.’
Margot added that she was concerned about how long it would take to read so many pages in such a slow manner and that she feared it would sound “really boring” and not make it to the final film.
She said, ‘I thought to myself, ‘I’m literally putting him to sleep’. He went like this [nods head as if falling asleep] so I stop and ask him if he wants me to put more energy into it.
“And he says, ‘No! You’re doing it perfectly.’ And so I did the whole thing until he was completely asleep and snoring!’
She said: ‘I start reading and he says ‘no no no, calmer, more relaxed’. So I did it again…and he said ‘no, no no. I want you to read it like you just took three Xanax” (photo by David O. Russell)
Margot said David “refused to give in and say he fell asleep” but that they were recording the whole time, so she suggested we watch the tape again.
She added: ‘I said we recorded this, David, so let’s play it and see if you were snoring!’
In the new film Amsterdam, which opens in cinemas on Friday, Christian Bale, John David Washington and Margot Robbie play friends who are reunited years later and are accused of murder.
Along with Margot, Rami Malek, Christian Bale, Tenet’s John David Washington, Anya Taylor-Joy, Robert De Niro, Chris Rock and Grammy winner Taylor Swift star.
Role: Margot added that she was concerned about how long it would take to read so many pages in such a slow manner and worried it would sound ‘very boring’
Directed by Oscar-nominated director David O. Russell, the film is inspired by the true story of a little-known plot to overthrow US President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s.
During an interview with Deadline when discussing the upcoming mystery, David said, “It’s old-fashioned, with a screenplay and characters we love. The story is deep, about love and friendship. It goes deep into murder and events.”
“And history, which I love. It has many layers, so you can watch it more than once and discover things you didn’t get the first time.’
Amsterdam: The film’s premise follows: ‘Three friends who witness a murder, become suspects themselves, and uncover one of the most outrageous conspiracies in American history’