Coming off a memorable performance in the recent smash hit Terminator Salvation where she played Christian Bale's wife, Bryce Dallas Howard now stars in Constellation Entertainment's haunting drama The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond. This is the touching story of Fisher Willow, young, defiant and strikingly modern debutante from the Roaring ‘20s. Joining Howard in the cast are Chris Evans and Ellen Burstyn.
Based on the long-lost and rare original screenplay by legendary playwright Tennessee Williams, Loss of a Teardrop Diamond will be shown soon exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Glorietta 4 & Greenbelt 3),
Director Jodie Markell declares, "For the role of Fisher Willow, Howard was always my first and only choice. I believe she is the greatest actress of her generation. I have never seen an actress her age with so much presence, so grounded in reality. She's just so hungry for the truth."
"To be the first actor to play a new Tennessee Williams character is literally the opportunity of a lifetime" says Howard. "There are only a handful of women who have done that in the history of theater and cinema. He's one of our most cherished playwrights. That alone totally sold me on the movie."
"I have always been drawn to the epic—epic themes, epic characters, epic circumstances. Playing Fisher was a freeing experience for me," Howard adds. "Initially I was stunned, because here is a movie where the man is the ingénue. And the woman is the villain as well as the hero and all the things that would typically be reversed. The women have the opportunity to play the text, while the male characters play the subtext."
"Usually you hear about the famous (or infamous) writers who have lost works—and you can understand why there were ‘lost.' Whereas this was literally lost, and the fact that it's called The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond is truly dramatic irony at its best. It's bizarre and somewhat poignant that this story has reemerged and yet its theme is loss."
Howard was particularly grateful for Markell's intimate knowledge of the character of Fisher: "Jodie approached this character with a tremendous amount of compassion. I remember there were moments for the character which were her most self-absorbed, destructive, angry, borderline evil moments—and Jodie would come up to me after a take, crying and say "Oh, I just felt for her." And that's present in the film. You can understand Fisher's flaws, but also her struggle. And you can want for her. Some Williams characters you observe them, you observe their intensity. You observe what they want. You observe their obstacles. And how they fail in the face of those obstacles. But to truly feel for those characters and their plight...Jodies interpretation is very unique in that."
Bryce Dallas Howard defies convention in Teardrop Diamond
by posted on June 5, 2009