“It’ll be better in the movie,” Caleb Landry Jones joked about his new Scottish accent
Caleb Landry Jones is dedicated to his craft.
Ace Jones, 33, attended the Venice Film Festival press conference for his new film on Thursday DogMan alongside director Luc Besson and others, the Texas-born actor answered questions in a Scottish accent.
Before the start of the conference, Besson (64) explained to reporters the reason for Jones’ accent.
“Just so you know – he’s working on the character in Scotland, so it’s not his normal voice,” the director said. “But he has to stay in character, so if you don’t understand the accent that much – it’s a brilliant accent.”
“It will be better in the movie,” the Three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri the star joked in his Scottish accent.
Neither Jones nor Besson clarified which project Jones is developing his accent for. Jones currently stars alongside Jojo T. Gibbs, Christopher Denham, Clemens Schick, Grace Palma in Besson’s DogManwhich had its world premiere at the festival this week.
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DogMan is “an incredible story about a child, crushed by life, who will find his salvation through the love of his dogs,” reads the official synopsis of the film provided by the festival.
Jones and his cast are at the Venice Film Festival thanks to a temporary agreement between the production and SAG-AFTRA, Deadline reports. While the Screen Actors Guild has been on strike at major Hollywood productions since July 13, a number of independent films have been given the green light to resume filming or allow actors to do promotional work at film festivals this fall.
American actress Jojo T. Gibbs (left), French director and producer Luc Besson (center) and American actor Caleb Landry Jones (right) pose during a photo call for the film “Dogman” presented in competition at the 80th Venice Film Festival on Aug. 31, 2023. .on the Venetian Lido.
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Deadline previously reported that the film received an interim deal from SAG-AFTRA because it was independently financed and does not yet have a major distributor backing the film.
Other films premiering at the Venice Film Festival this week with actors in attendance due to interim agreements with SAG-SFTA include Michael Mann Ferraristarring Adam Driver; Promised land, played by Mads Mikkelsee; and Priscillastarring Cailee Spaeny and Jacob Elordi, as the paper reported last week.
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Caleb Landry Jones (L) and Jonica T. Gibbs (R) at a photo call for the movie “Dogman” at the 80th Venice International Film Festival on August 31, 2023 in Venice, Italy.
Film actors who have not received temporary contracts from SAG-AFTA remain barred from promoting their films in any form, including participation in film festivals this fall.
Jones did not appear in any films in 2022 after starring in three releases in 2021: Finch, Forgiven and Nitram. The actor made his debut in 2007 with the Oscar-winning film There is no country for old men and appeared in films like X-Men: First Class and The Florida Project.
Besson’s new film is his first directorial effort since 2019 Anna. In June, the director was acquitted of rape charges in France after actress Sand Van Roy accused him of assault in 2018.
DogMan is released in cinemas in France on September 27.