Photos: Behind the Scenes of Macbeth


Director Justin Kurzel takes us behind the scenes of his stylized retelling starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.


“That’s me in the parka, and we’re about to shoot the scene in which the Macduff family burns. I’m talking to Marion about the fact that the man she’s spent her life with is about to burn children—the man she once loved, she no longer recognizes.”


“This is the battle scene at the beginning. We’re trying to get into Michael’s point of view as the soldier. Out of that trauma of war came his vision of the witches, so it was stylized in a way that made you feel like it was his POV rather than realism.”


“This is Lady Macbeth’s final soliloquy. A woman descending into madness has a hysteria about it—usually it’s done at night, with her holding a candle and kind of losing it. But Marion brought a quiet dignity to it.”


“Michael was already attached to the film when I came onboard—in fact, he was probably the biggest reason I said yes. Whenever I see him in anything, I never know what he’s going to do next.”


“I was doubly lucky when it turned out Marion was playing Lady Macbeth. They are equally formidable to each other.”