As of this writing, the Emilia Clarke-Henry Golding rom-com Last Christmas has only been in theaters for about an hour, ahead of its official release date of Friday the 8th. And yet any even casual social media spelunker probably already knows the big twist. We won’t spoil it, which should make one person happy: Emilia Clarke, who’s none-too-pleased that many were ruining the movie before it came out.
The former Daenerys Targaryen was speaking to IndieWire about her latest, which is also the latest by Bridesmaids/Ghostbusters/A Simple Favor director and sharp-dressed cane enthusiast Paul Feig, and she did not mince words about people talking about the twist, often pejoratively.
“It’s bloody annoying. Frustrating,” Clarke told IndieWire. She also thinks people, especially those who have only heard about the hairpin turn second-hand, in reviews and whatnot, are simplifying it. “It’s more complicated than people are guessing.”
The script, by the way, comes from no less than Oscar-winning screenwriter Emma Thompson and her husband Greg Wise. You wouldn’t speak ill of Dame Emma, would you?
Clarke also spoke — again, none-too-happily — about another controversial part of her CV: that divisive last stretch of Game of Thrones. She sees people mocking the ending of Last Christmas and GoT heads demanding a Mulligan as part of the same menace.
“When it comes to signing petitions to reshoot the last season of a very popular TV show, or whether it’s spoiling a goddamn Christmas rom-com, people are able to do something about that,” she said. “Our world’s literally on fire, so I think that there’s a lot of things outside of people’s control, so when it comes to this kind of stuff, they can do something with it and want to. It’s done with so much fervor, it’s done with a huge amount of energy and all that is, is misdirected energy.”
Indeed, the president and his cronies are currently trying to wiggle their way out of an impeachment, so perhaps now’s not the time to waste energy over a romantic-comedy in which, as it turns out, [redacted].
[Editor's note: The following post contains extensive spoilers for “Last Christmas,” including its twist ending.]
Back in August, when Universal released the first trailer for Paul Feig’s rom-com “Last Christmas,” internet sleuths were quick to read between the lines and come to a conclusion much to the filmmakers chagrin: Henry Golding’s holiday knight-in-shining armor to Emilia Clarke’s disillusioned Christmas-store elf is actually a ghost.
The top YouTube comment on Universal’s trailer gives reasons why: Tom Golding wears the same exact outfit throughout, while Kate Clarke is shown in an array of different clothes. He’s also the only person interacting with Kate in the trailer.
It’s impressive detective work, but not exactly accurate. In the film, Tom is indeed dead and an apparition visible only to Kate. It turns out the biggest spoiler, also pointed out by that same commenter, comes from the George Michael song on which the film is based and accompanies the trailer: “Last Christmas, I gave you my heart” - Tom literally gave Kate his heart as an organ donor.
In a recent interview with Collider, Feig expressed frustration with the choices made by Universal’s marketing team for the trailer and the media for reporting on the pre-release speculation.
“I wasn't really frustrated that people were trying to guess it. What I was very frustrated with was that the media was just picking up on that and then putting out these theories, some of which were true, but printing them like spoilers, and I just had never seen that happen to another movie before where people, even though they didn't know if it was that they were just actively trying to spoil something, you know what I mean?” Feig said. “It's not like when ‘Knives Out’ came out, people were like going, “I bet so and so was the murderer.” So I didn't quite understand why that was happening to a romantic comedy laughs, so I found it very frustrating to be perfectly honest.”
i just watched last christmas and i was already expecting that twist but i still cried lol
— sydney ???? @ semi-hiatus @chrryhearts February 15, 2020
Feig suspects including the fact of Kate’s illness in the trailer helped people connect the dots. If it was up to him, he said he wouldn’t have revealed that plot point.
But he doesn’t blame the marketing team. Trailer testing revealed that audiences were more responsive to the advertising when they knew Kate was sick; Feig discussed at length in the interview the value he finds in test screenings.
“I've had movies where I've been like, ‘Don't give that away.’ Things that I think...
The wildly controversial “Game of Thrones” series finale will be celebrating its one-year anniversary in two months the episode’s airdate was May 19, 2019, and with some distance comes some brutal honesty from cast member Emilia Clarke. The Emmy nominee played Daenerys Targaryen throughout the show’s eight-season run and says in a recent interview with The Sunday Times that the HBO drama’s series finale left her annoyed. “Thrones” ended with Daenerys becoming the primary antagonist of the series. The character dies after being stabbed by Jon Snow. Clarke tells The Times, “Yeah, I felt for her. I really felt for her. And yeah, was I annoyed that Jon Snow didn't have to deal with something? He got away with murder — literally.”
“I knew how I felt [about the ending] when I first read it, and I tried, at every turn, not to consider too much what other people might say,” Clarke continued, “But I did always consider what the fans might think — because we did it for them, and they were the ones who made us successful, so it's just polite, isn't it?”
Clarke admitted she was upset Daenerys didn’t get a “happy ending,” but she maintains “Thrones” was “a gift” for her as an actress and she will always be thankful she got to be a small part of one of the biggest TV shows of all time. Clarke suggests the show could have handled its final season better if it ran for more than just six episodes, saying, “We could have spun it out for a little longer.”
One part of the final season that Clarke did not like was that it was nothing but action set pieces and there was no room for character-driven dialogue moments. The actress said she would have liked more dialogue scenes, an opinion she first shared with Entertainment Weekly shortly after the series finale aired. Clarke said at the time she wished the show gave her more dialogue scenes with co-star Lena Headey, who played Cersei Lannister.
‘It was all about the set pieces,” Clarke tells The Times about the final season. “I think the sensational nature of the show was, possibly, given a huge amount of airtime because that's what makes sense.”
All eight seasons of “Game of Thrones” are now streaming on HBO Go. Clarke’s full interview with The Times is now available online.