“We are completely the puppets of all the actors, okay? They’ll be writing the script for us. Especially the six-year-old, she’s not gonna buy a word you’ve written.” - Tarsem Singh, on the set of The Fall.
Tarsem Singh spent 8 years searching for the right actress to play Alexandria before he began shooting the film. Alexandria’s charming and enigmatic character was, according to Singh, the driving force that could carry the film’s story. The interactions seen between Roy and Alexandria are essentially unrefined and natural, and the chemistry between the actors is very tangible. The development of their onscreen relationship in the resulting scenes corresponds with the relationship Lee and Catinca built in reality, as the hospital scenes were filmed consecutively.
“The idea of fame or recognition, I don’t want that at all. I love acting because you discover billions of things about yourself, you feel so free, like a bird, but suddenly that bird gets caged. Because you’re always hiding, in that sense.”
Suraj Sharma for Mr Porter, 2013. Photographs by Mark Sanders.