As Philip seems to be crumbling, though, Elizabeth’s resolve is only getting stronger, and that’s emphasized through the brilliantly crafted final sequence. As Reagan goes on and on about the “Evil Empire” that is the Soviet Union, Elizabeth is drawn to the screen, unable to tear her eyes away as she seems more focused and determined than ever. The camera zeroes in on her, purposely making Philip fade into the background, someone who’s drifting farther and farther from his original cause. It’s a devastating scene to watch because Philip is obviously hurting, yet Elizabeth is captured by Reagan’s words. And as she looks at the screen, she realizes that her world is about to change, that March 8, 1983 is a transition point. [x]
Elizabeth is hard-core, but I find her so enjoyable, especially as a woman. The scripts I read, even for big-budget movies, generally have two lines where you’re a little fiery or you’re not a pushover. But mostly you’re pretty and really understanding. This is so far from that.
Matthew Rhys: “It almost terrifies me to say it because this (role) might be the best it will ever get. It’s an absolute 100% box-ticker for an actor, as to things you want to do. At its very heart is this incredibly complex, emotionally challenging relationship between two people as they try and figure out who they are as people and who they are as a relationship. And then on top of that you get to beat people up and drive cars.”
Keri Russell: “I wear these silk shirts and high-heeled boots and I feel like that armor has become very much a part of that character to me. I feel very panther-like. It’s much more grown-up than I look in real life. I like the way it makes me feel. It’s much tougher and cooler than I am, than Keri actually is.”