Magazine article Variety

Variety Creative Impact in Acting Honoree

Magazine article Variety

Variety Creative Impact in Acting Honoree

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Emily blunt will be honored with Variety's Creative Impact in Acting Award at a dinner at the Hamptons Inti. Film Festival on Oct. 11. It's a fitting location, as Blunt was named one of the fest's Rising Stars a decade ago.

Speaking of Blunt's career achievements, Variety executive editor Steven Gaydos notes, "Moving effortlessly and effectively between blockbusters like ?Edge of Tomorrow,' critically acclaimed comedies like ?Devil Wears Prada' and urgent, topical tales like this year's awards season contender, ?Sicario,' Emily Blunt has quickly emerged as one of international cinema's most versatile, accomplished and popular actresses."

In "Sicario" she is so convincing in the role of Kate Macer, an idealistic FBI agent recruited by a shady government task force to infiltrate a drug cartel in Juarez, Mexico, that, she says, filmgoers have expressed concern for her on-screen safety.

"Because I'm kind of slight and not this exaggerated version of a female cop I think that's magnified the violence for people," says Blunt of her riveting lead turn in Denis Villeneuve's nerve-wracking thriller. "People say, T was so worried about you!' (My character) looks so out of place."

Of course, while there are scores of real-life female FBI agents dispatched on dangerous missions, we rarely hear about them, Blunt says. There was, in fact, pressure from the studio to make Blunt's character a man - typically, movies with male protagonists field heftier budgets - but screenwriter Taylor Sheridan, she notes, "stuck to his guns and refused to make something derivative."

"We see a lot of films with guys running around with guns and the war on drugs and this is a very different take on it," says Blunt of the film, a gritty, dystopian glance at the horrors of the drug trade. "It explores the gray matter of the situation of the war of drugs so why not explore the gray matter of having a female protagonist in this masculine world? …

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