ON SET

Photos: ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’

Go behind the scenes with director Thomas Vinterberg.


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“In the middle of a shooting a big fire scene with Matthias. From our attitudes, we’re not done yet.”

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“The sheep were hard to herd. I’m a practical dude, so I was like, Let’s just put up some electrical fences and we can remover them in CGI. But we ended up with a more romantic take on it—a guy with a thistle.”

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“Wessex, where Hardy grew up, is beautiful. With light like that, there’s not much you need to do.”

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“Carey with Jessica Barden, who plays Bathsheba’s confidante. Those two together are always in a fantastic mood. You can tell I’m either going to smile, or that I just smiled.”

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“This is the moment right after Bathsheba begs Oak to return. Carey is standing on a box to simulate the height of being on horseback. It’s probably one of my three favorite scenes—it’s the kind of romance I want to watch on Christmas Day, in front of a fireplace.”

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“We cast Carey by page 10 of the first read. I said, ‘This character is Carey Mulligan.’ A beautiful combination of strength and vulnerability.”

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“Juno Temple, who plays Troy’s fiancée, was so amazing, but she just didn’t get much space in the film. That’s the challenge with adaptations. We actually shot so much more material with her, but there just wasn’t room.”

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“Our costume designer, Janet Patterson, is a star. There’s just so much texture and richness to the clothes. They’re loyal to the period but also modern and fashionable.”

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“You can tell Carey enjoys that baby lamb. She’s a farm chick; she even has a farm.”

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