Watch: Jodie Comer talks to Yahoo about her stunt work in Free Guy
After making her name as TV’s deadly Villanelle, Killing Eve star Jodie Comer leaps onto the big screen this week in pulsating action comedy, Free Guy. And she had very clear ideas when it came to her stunts in the film.
As Millie, one of the designers of the game at the centre of the movie, she has to get inside the game using an avatar called Molotov Girl; somebody with a taste for action. And, as she revealed to Yahoo, she was determined not to do stunts in stilettos.
“It was important to me that, in creating the avatar, we had to believe it came from Millie and that it wasn’t a man’s ideal. It had to be practical,” Comer said.
“So I had those great flat leather boots, which were a dream to walk in compared to the six inch heels that could have been a reality in another world.”
She took a similar approach when she created the lethal Villanelle for Killing Eve. “It was the same with Villanelle, that I wanted to feel authentic to the character.”
And, while she sees similarities between the two, one is definitely more threatening than the other.
“They’re both extremely confident but there’s more of a sinister streak in Villanelle. I don’t think you need to worry about Molotov. It’s Villanelle you have to worry about!”
In Free Guy, Comer stars alongside Ryan Reynolds, who plays unassuming bank teller Guy.
He realises he’s an NPC (non-player character) in a video game but that he’s developed a will of his own, which means he can question everything going on around him – the daily bank raids, the frequent explosions and violence.
With fellow designer Keys (Stranger Things’ Joe Keery), Comer’s Millie has to enter the game as a player to claim back their stolen ideas – with help from Guy.
Comer’s next film, Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel, premieres at next month’s Venice Film Festival before arriving in cinemas in October.
Set in 14th century France, it sees her co-starring with Matt Damon, Adam Driver and Ben Affleck.
But Star Wars fans will know her from a much smaller role, that of Rey’s mother, in The Rise Of Skywalker. It’s a part she remembers fondly.
“What I loved was that the character was such a significant part of the story, but she was so fleeting. It was cool to be able to pop in and pop out again.”
Could she be tempted back to the franchise? “I would never say never,” she says.
“Those films are so fantastic. Actors make huge commitments when they join a franchise like that.”
Free Guy is released in cinemas on 13 August. Watch a trailer below.