SPECTRE's Lea Seydoux Says Blue Is The Warmest Colour Was A ‘Male Fantasy’


New Bond Girl Léa Seydoux has said that the explicit but award-winning film that made her name, lesbian drama ‘Blue Is The Warmest Colour’, was a ‘male fantasy’.

Though the film won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2013, Seydoux fell out with the director and said in an interview that the gruelling shoot was ‘horrible’ and left her feeling ‘like a prostitute’.

She vowed to never work with director Abdellatif Kechiche again, though her feelings have now mellowed… a bit.

“He’s not someone I detest,” she told The Observer.

“I sometimes dream about him – but I’m not mad at him. As for the controversy, it happened, but I don’t regret what I said. What remains is the film.”


Asked whether, in retrospect, she considered the movie to be a male fantasy of female sexuality, she replied: “Without a doubt, yes, I think it was.

“It’s bound to be if a man makes a film about two women. But it’s a film that has its own truth, its own power.”

Having worked with several female directors, she added: “It’s a much more equal relationship, you’re on the same terrain. With men, there’s always that element of seduction.


“Male directors always project their own desire of women – how they want a woman to dress, to do her hair. With a woman director, it’s more a projection of herself. But if I made a film. I’d certainly cast a man I liked the look of. It’s all about erotic projection.”

Seydoux stars as Dr. Madeleine Swann in Spectre, a psychologist working at a private medical clinic in the Austrian Alps, and the daughter of Jesper Christensen’s Mr White, a fugitive from MI6.

The movie is due out across the UK on October 26. Watch the trailer below.

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