“Sing Street” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction” star Jack Reynor plays the male lead role in “Midsommar,” Ari Aster’s psychedelic looking folk horror tale which serves as the filmmaker’s next effort since receiving massive acclaim for last year’s “Hereditary”.
In the film, he plays a young American in a collapsing relationship. After a family tragedy keeps them together, they go on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday to a midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village. The carefree time in a land of eternal sunlight takes a sinister turn when the insular villagers invite their guests to partake in festivities that grow increasingly disturbing.
The film has drawn raves for numerous acts of shocking weirdness and disturbing outrageousness. Raynor himself is also drawing notices for not shying away from extended full frontal scenes. In a talk with Variety this week, the actor revealed it wasn’t difficult to get Reynor to strip down. In fact, he pushed Aster to give the audience more on screen dick time because it not only suits the tone of the film but is key to his character’s arc:
“I was advocating for as much full frontal as possible. I felt like it was really important. When I read the script, I saw an opportunity to take a character who exhibits a lot of archetypal male characteristics – like male toxicity – who has all of the stuff stripped away from him through the course of the film and then ultimately finds himself in this situation which is kind of the ultimate humiliation…It was always intentional to have the full frontal. That was what Ari wanted to do. But I was really saying, ‘We got to do as much of this as possible.'”
The film is currently sitting at 81% on Rotten Tomatoes with Reynor and co-star Florence Pugh’s performances raved about. “Midsommar” is now out in cinemas.