Ex machina: how the shooting of the film prepared Domhnall Gleeson for confinement

“Shooting this film was a very intense experience.”

Quarantine ? Domhnall Gleeson had already had a little taste of it before the coronavirus epidemic. In 2014, the Irish actor starred in the thriller SF Ex machina , by Alex Garland. The story of Caleb (Gleeson), a brilliant young coder who finds himself having to participate in a disturbing experience, namely interacting with the representative of a new artificial intelligence appearing in the guise of a very pretty robot woman, named Ava ( Alicia Vikander ). Most of the film takes place in an ultra modern enclosed space, deep in the jungle. Isolated in his room, Caleb only goes out on the occasion of his daily meetings with Ava and his eccentric creator, Nathan ( Oscar Isaac ). 

A particularly trying shoot for the 36-year-old actor, who found himself trapped between four walls for several weeks. ” Shooting this film was a very intense experience, he confides in the columns of IndieWire . It lasted six weeks, we were indoors most of the time and it was very hot during the summer. In these scenes, Oscar Isaac’s character spends his time bullying me. “

The plot of the film revolves around the emerging “love” story between Caleb and Ava. In the chaos of the shooting, the scenes shared with Alicia Vikander were a breath of fresh air for the son of Brendan Gleeson, who compares his experience on the set with the current confinement. ” I found myself waiting for these days (filming with Alicia Vikander) with such impatience,” he continues. ” It was so ‘nourishing’ in the midst of all this pressure. It reminds me of my forties, those moments that you share with family and friends on FaceTime, Skype or Zoom, whatever, those moments become so important. “

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