Dev Patel behind the scenes at The Green Knight
Before signing the fantastic Arthurian legend, The green knight, the movie star Dev Patel says he fell in love with director David Lowery’s screenplay. Like many mystical images offered in the film, the “poetic” script cast a spell on the actor who lingered long after he finished reading it.
“I was just absolutely captivated. There was that kind of lyricism and poetry in it, ”Patel says. “It was one of those scripts that was so hard to quantify and it pervaded me throughout my day and my week.”
Based on the much studied poem Sir Gauvain and the Green Knight, Patel plays Sir Gawain, King Arthur’s reckless and tenacious nephew, who embarks on a daring quest to face the gigantic emerald-skinned male tester called the Green Knight.
“He’s a character that really stood out to me. He’s this stubborn young boy who sort of deals with issues of masculinity, ego and honor and tries to be something in this world. and at what cost, “says Patel.” What does that have about his own moral compass and his relationships with the people around him? “
As Gwain makes his journey, he confronts ghosts, giants, thieves and schemers in what becomes a deeper journey to define his character while proving his worth in the eyes of his family and his kingdom. With the endless readings possible in the original text, Lowery’s adaptation becomes something of a coming-of-age story for young Gwain, as depicted in Film review by AA Dowd.
Physical and emotional journey aside, Patel also saw the rare opportunity to take on a medieval role typically filled by white men, with the added bonus of horseback riding.
“You know an Anglo-Asian guy and an Indian guy like me, the opportunity doesn’t present itself once in a while,” Patel says. “David really didn’t care, that wasn’t even part of the discussion, which is what a wonderful opportunity and what an incredible man to have let me be a part of this.”
The green knight was written, directed and edited by Lowery, and stars Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Sarita Choudhury, Sean Harris and Ralph Ineson.
A24 The green knight is available on Blu-ray and DVD on October 12.