The highly-anticipated movie Chevalier, out now, tells the unsung story of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a Black violinist/fencer/composer whose visionary work rivalled that of Mozart. Alex Fitzalan stars alongside Kelvin Harrison Jr.’s Bologne as Philippe, a French noble who performed a pivotal function within the younger artist’s life. The 27-year-old Australian actor — whose credit embrace the streaming hits The Society and The Wilds — describes himself as being instantly drawn to the function and Chevalier’s script.
“I simply bear in mind taking a beat and studying the entire thing twice, which I hardly ever do. After which I used to be drawing inspiration for this character from so many alternative locations,” he recollects, citing Paul Bettany’s efficiency in A Knight’s Story as a standout inspiration. “[Philippe’s] function within the movie is to be virtually the comedic reduction character that is available in, however on the identical time, the entire thing may be very critical. We’re speaking about tones of civil unrest set towards the French Revolution, and racial equality.”
Chevalier boasts an distinctive forged of younger actors, together with Harrison Jr., Lucy Boynton, and Samara Weaving. Harrison Jr. performs Joseph Bologne with a quiet depth that will likely be acquainted to those that have seen his earlier starring turns in movies like Waves and Luce. “He’s unimaginable. He has a lot dedication to his craft,” Fitzalan says of his costar. “For me, I believe it actually reignited a love for appearing and movie, and made me need to work that onerous, which is admirable.”
Over the course of an almost four-month shoot in Prague, the forged fashioned a detailed bond as they took on the advanced themes of Chevalier. “Once we have been capturing it, we have been actually conscious of how a lot it might imply to so many individuals if we obtained it proper,” Fitzalan says. “Everybody who signed on, signed on as a result of they cherished it. It was positively a labor of affection for everybody concerned.”
The manufacturing of Chevalier paid a substantial amount of consideration to authenticity and historic element, permitting the actors to immerse themselves in historical past. The movie’s artwork division meticulously recreated intricate and detailed interiors to construct out the 18th-century French setting. “While you stroll in, it’s such as you’re strolling into one thing that’s alive,” Fitzalan says of the movie’s manufacturing in Prague. “It’s crammed with folks all wearing interval acceptable costumes. The eye to element, and the interiors of those locations have been completely insane.”
Equally detailed was Fitzalan’s consideration to his character, whose personal story had beforehand been untold onscreen. “Philippe supported Joseph and different artists like him, and actually propped them up and supported them financially and placed on exhibits for them in order that they might make their very own method.” Fitzalan continues, “Ultimately, the French Revolution began to occur and he had a really privileged place. He ended up denouncing his titles, and he turned Philippe Égalité, which suggests ‘Philippe of the folks.’”
Following the enthusiastic important and viewers reactions to Chevalier, Fitzalan is already at work on his subsequent mission, Prosper, which he describes as “a critical satire on Hillsong Church.” His expertise on Chevalier, nonetheless, stays near coronary heart: “If I might do movies like this for the remainder of my profession, I’d have a really fulfilled life. I’d be a really pleased man.”
Chevalier is in theatres now.