As part of Adam Driver’s upcoming film musical Annette, The Big Bang Theory’s Simon Helberg had to learn how to handle a puppet. He plays an arrogant stand-up comedian who falls in love with Marion Cotillard’s pure-hearted opera soprano.
When their first child Annette, a mystery girl with an exceptional destiny, is born, the happy couple’s life is flipped upside down. However, the fact that a puppet plays Annette in this Leos Carax-directed film is disturbing.
A scene in which Helberg sings and plays the piano with the girl on his lap shows him operating the puppet with others. In an interview with Vulture, the actor remarked, “Everything you see happened there on set as you see it, as far as I know.”
“In apparent occasions, Annette used CGI, although she was conducting the orchestra and singing. As a result, there is a surprising amount of difficulty in the music. My singing was limited, but you were never just singing – you were swimming, playing the piano, or manipulating a puppet with no hands.”
Helberg elaborated on that by saying: “The puppeteers couldn’t participate in some instances since Leos is extremely practical and doesn’t like CGI, so we held her. So, you had to hide behind the back of your head while Adam moved her head, and the eye line had to be perfect.”
“Then, in 20 minutes, I was trying to learn how to be a puppeteer from folks who did not speak very good English at all. There was always a last-minute request for a new skill set, which was thrilling. When all of that is going on, you may get into a sort of fugue state, and we were all leaning on one other because there was nothing else we could do to survive.”
Even though Annette’s trailer was heavily disguised, the movie still promises to be twisted and full of twists and turns.
“As a result, Leos Carax’s films are events in themselves. Also, this one lives up to its claims! Annette is the present that fans of cinema, music, and culture have been longing for,” Cannes Film Festival President Pierre Lescure previously commented on the film’s debut.
The UK premiere of Annette takes place on September 3.