Emily Blunt Is ‘Out’ Of Movie If She Spots Three Specific Words In Script

Emily Blunt has explained why she is ‘out’ of a project if she sees three specific words in a film script.
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Emily Blunt has explained why she is ‘out’ of a movie if she spots three specific words in the film script.

The Devil Wears Prada star, 39, who is known for her roles in Jungle Cruise and Edge of Tomorrow, is now starring in the western drama The English.

The TV miniseries is about an Englishwoman who goes to America in the 1890s looking for revenge on the man she believes is responsible for the death of her son. 

While out there, she meets an ex-cavalry scout and member of the Pawnee Nation by birth, called Eli, with whom she discovers a possible shared history.

The role will see Blunt get involved with western-style shootouts, while also going on a personal and tragic story.

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However, Blunt has revealed the three specific words in a script that will make her refuse a project.

In an interview with The Telegraph, the Mary Poppins Returns star explained: “It’s the worst thing ever when you open a script and read the words: ‘strong female lead’.

“That makes me roll my eyes – I’m already out.”

Blunt said that she feels that these types of roles are very limiting and force you to act a certain way, which does not resonate with her.

She commented: “Those roles are written as incredibly stoic, you spend the whole time acting tough and saying tough things.”

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Blunt then revealed what makes her character in The English, Cornelia, stand out and why she was drawn to the role.

She continued: “Cornelia is more surprising than that. She’s innocent without being naive and that makes her a force to be reckoned with.

“She startles Eli out of his silence and their differences become irrelevant because they need each other to survive. I thought that was very cool.”

Since The English has come out, it has been met with largely positive reviews.

Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt has revealed the three specific words that make her immediately reject roles. Credit: BBC Studios

Critics have been praising the performances of all the main cast members, along with its visuals and accurate retelling of late 19th century America.

Judy Berman, from TIME magazine, wrote in her review: “The conflict between ruthless, lawless self-interest and the human instinct to form bonds of mutual care has always been central to the western genre.

“Yet it’s rare to see a variation on the theme achieve the depth and poignance of The English.”

Meanwhile, Boyd Hilton of Empire magazine added: “A massively ambitious and original take on the Western genre confirming the extraordinary writing and directing skills of TV auteur Hugo Blick, while showcasing one of Emily Blunt’s greatest performances yet.”

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The Hollywood Reporter also praised the show by writing: “A beautifully shot exercise that’s always right on the border of saying something brilliant, only to more frequently settle for being a picaresque assembly of bizarre characters, bloody adventures and satisfyingly badass lead performances from Emily Blunt and Chaske Spencer.”

The English will be airing on BBC Two every Thursday at 9pm, or the whole box set can be streamed on BBC iPlayer in the UK, while it is also available on Amazon Prime in the US.

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.