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Mark Rylance on New ‘The Outfit’ Movie, Never Watch a Marvel Movie

Fresh from Adam McKay’s Netflix hit “Don’t Look Up,” Mark Rylance’s latest big-screen outing is “The Outfit,” in which he plays Leonard, a 1950s tailor. a role that couldn’t be more different from the fictional megalomaniac billionaire Peter Isherwell, whom Rylance plays in McKay’s disaster movie.

Written and directed by Graham Moore, the Oscar-winning scribe behind “The Imitation Game,” “The Outfit” sees Rylance star as a Savile Row tailor who fled across the Atlantic to escape his tragic past. Before long, however, Leonard finds himself surrounded by Chicago mobsters embroiled in a brutal turf war that spills over into the sanctuary of his tailor shop.

Zoey Deutsch and Dylan O’Brien also star in the feature, which, although set entirely in Leonard’s Chicago shop, was shot over 24 days in the UK. It will have its world premiere at the Berlinale on February 14.

What drew you to “The Outfit”?

The scenario attracted me as well as the ambition and the faith in the scenario. Because [Moore] was getting on [the film] in three rooms, there wouldn’t be much of a cinematic difference between the locations, so it was really going to depend on the acting, the story, and the script. I also like old movies and it reminds me of old movies from the 40s and 50s. And I loved Graham.

Have you researched the role of a tailor (or, more accurately, as Leonard puts it in the film, a “cutter”)?

I needed to know how to cut a costume so I had a great time with Campbell [Carey] at [Savile Row tailors] Hunter. He’s a leading tailor in Britain – in the world, I suppose – and he and his apprentice let me work with them as they made the suit I wore in the [film]. I did little things, cut fabric and marked some of the patterns and things like that, and tried to learn. I mean, I’ve always sewn patches and things onto my clothes but I can’t sew at the speed of someone like Campbell or his tailor.

graham said Variety that you finished filming “Don’t Look Up” on a Thursday or Friday and started rehearsals for “The Outfit” the following Monday. How did you switch so quickly between the characters of Peter Isherwell and Leonard?

I don’t remember that being a problem. I was probably very busy. But you just gotta let go, right? You just have to let things go and move into what is here now and in front of you. I have a wonderful friend who works with me on vocals, which is essential for me, I guess. And you know, I was lucky in my early years to be in [theatrical] repertoire companies where you do a performance in the afternoon and a different piece in the evening on a matinee day. And sometimes you repeated both at the same time.

I find that once something is done, I can’t remember the lines. I wish I could, I would know a lot of Shakespeare if I could remember all the lines I learned at different times.

Does the future of cinema worry you?

No, in the things that worry me, it’s not very high, I’m afraid. I think cinemas have been pretty shitty for a long time. They weren’t good places to go.

I think there’s a lot of pressure on theater owners to make the buildings a little nicer and the experience a little more enjoyable.

If the little movies aren’t coming out, the cinema might not be quite the right place for people who want to see little movies. I haven’t seen any Marvel movies. These great films that are now coming to the cinema are not things that particularly appeal to me.

Have you ever watched a Marvel movie?

No, I don’t think I have.

Would you ever like to be in one?

Well, I wouldn’t know how to make that decision because I’ve never seen one.

I mean, when I was a kid, I loved Spider-Man. Spider-Man had a big effect on me as a kid and I’m kinda tempted [to see it] when people talk about it. And I know Tom [Holland] and he’s a lovely, wonderful actor. They’ve been a lot of great actors [in Marvel films] “I’m not critical. I mean, I haven’t seen any of that, so how can I criticize it? But in the evening, I’m more the type to watch “Drive My Car” or “The Hand of God”.

You’ve done movies, TV and theater [Rylance will not be at the premiere of “The Outfit” in Berlin because he is currently appearing in “Dr. Semmelweis” at the Bristol Old Vic theater in England, which he co-wrote]. Do you prefer one medium over the others?

I like to act. I really like to act like a kid would like to kick a soccer ball. In movies and TV, you don’t get as long a period of play as I do now in theater. Tonight I’ll be for an hour and 14 minutes constantly playing character, then the interval, then another hour and three minutes after that, constantly in character and acting. So it’s hard for cinema to compete with this opportunity.

That said, acting in a film is really fascinating and very, very challenging. It’s just all the waiting and the other razzmatazz around the movie that’s kind of tedious. But the actual acting in front of the cameras is very interesting and enjoyable. [Rylance hesitates over the word “enjoyable”]. I mean, I sigh because some of the movie actors you work with have developed a technique of really planning what they’re doing before they come in and it doesn’t really make a difference what you’re doing . They don’t really look at you or listen to you other than being polite and being a good professional, but you do your take and then the camera comes and you see they’re doing something that has nothing to do with what does to you and they don’t really look at you or listen to you. They look and listen to what they have seen in the mirror.

And so it’s kind of – not so much fun, because it’s not really comedy. I mean, he acts but there is no interaction. It’s like playing tennis against a wall versus a real game of tennis. And I really love this thing of looking into another person’s eyes and both of us believing in a different reality than what we’re stuck in.