Beginning in 1968, Seberg was followed by the FBI’s insidious COINTELPRO surveillance program, which was designed by J. Edgar Hoover to undermine leftwing political activists. Seberg, who had aligned herself with the Civil Rights Movement, was taped and photographed wherever she went — and not only because she was famous. The FBI’s secretive tactics made her become paranoid and miserable, and she died at age 40 in 1979 from a possible suicide.
Andrews hopes seeing Seberg’s experience with surveillance culture “hits a raw nerve with the present.” Although Stewart said she doesn’t mind her image in the media “as long as things aren’t distorted and skewed.” In “Seberg,” the FBI feeds a false story to the press that she was pregnant after an affair with Hakim Jamal (Anthony Mackie ), a civil rights activist. The false rumor further adds to her deterioration. “In our story, those details are wrong and they’re lies,” Stewart said. “And that happens occasionally in a much more superficial way to celebrities — we’re all kind of part of this comic book thing that’s all very fun and lucrative.”
"A Clockwork Orange." During the filming of the Ludovico scene, star Malcolm McDowell scratched one of his corneas and was temporarily blinded. He suffered cracked ribs during filming of the humiliation stage show.
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“When it starts to feel like it falsely represents you, and you just feel completely out of control, it feels painful,” Stewart continued. “And I’ve tasted that in a far less intense way. I know that feeling of having to present and wanting to always sort of present your truth, and have it feel impossible to do so. It’s an awful feeling.”In a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Stewart said she had been told in the past to present herself differently, saying, “I have fully been told, ‘If you just like do yourself a favour, and don’t go out holding your girlfriend’s hand in public, you might get a Marvel movie.'” “That’s been a conversation that’s always existed,” Stewart told Variety. “I’ve always radically rejected it.”
“It’s nice to be able to talk about that in a way that people really understand now,” Stewart added. “Instead of sounding like I’m being crazy, like, ‘Don’t put me in a box! Ambiguity’s a cool thing!’ Now, it’s, like ‘duh.’ Before, I had to say it like it was some far out idea. Now it’s more on the mainstage, which is rad.”
"Black Swan." Natalie Portman not only trained for a year as a dancer to prepare for the role, but paid for the the training out of her own pocket until the film found investors. Aronofsky attributed the film's getting made at all to Portman's dedication and enthusiasm.
Things have evolved so quickly and seamlessly, Stewart said, that she never really had to come out — she was just never really in. “I didn’t really ‘come out.’ It wasn’t like I was not out. I’m so lucky — that wasn’t, like, a traumatic, difficult mountain to climb.”
Nor does she think the roles she’s offered have changed since being an out queer actor — and she cited Marvel only because she was illustrating “it was literally just a big conglomerate-y type thing.”
“I’m sure they would love to hire the gay kids to be superheroes,” Stewart said with a laugh.Sitting next to her was Mackie, who is perhaps an expert on Marvel, having played the Falcon since 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” and will take over the Captain America mantle in next year’s Disney+ series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier .”
Asked what superhero Stewart should play, Mackie said, “That’s a very good question.”
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi." After first completing the arduous 600-foot climb on Ireland's Skellig Michael island, Mark Hamill had hoped that he could avoid having to repeat the trek for additional scenes if he could somehow remain on the summit overnight, thus forfeiting the luxury of room service at his hotel. He suggested sleeping in a tent and 'staying in character.' However, after some inquiries were made with the Irish authorities, he was told by producer Kathleen Kennedy that he was not permitted to pitch a tent because the location is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Stewart interjected, “A gay one!”
Mackie then continued the joke, saying of his own dealings with Marvel, “It’s been a really wonderful, eye-opening experience to where I’ve been able to work with many —” he then turned to Stewart — ”gay kids.”When asked whether there was room for a gay superhero on “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” Mackie said, “I think [Stewart] should be the gay female Falcon Captain America” as Stewart affected a superhero pose.
"Sharkwater: Extinction" includes more footage of Stewart and his allies traveling the world in hopes of exposing the shark fin industry with video, often procured at risk to the activists' lives (in one scene, a trawler off Los Angeles harbor catches them filming dying sharks caught in a giant net and shoots at them).