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The beloved actor is taking on the role of a radical real-life figure in new film Limonov.

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Ben Whishaw is taking on one of the most complex roles of his career in new film Limonov – and a first image shows a total transformation

The beloved actor is taking on the role of a radical real-life figure in new film Limonov.

The character at the heart of the story is Eduard Limonov, a radical, real-life figure who had what can only be described as many colourful adventures around the world before his recent death in 2020., Limonov was “an underground writer in the Soviet Union who escaped to the US where he became a punk-poet and also a butler to a millionaire in Manhattan.

The film’s synopsis teases a few more intriguing details about Limonov as “a revolutionary militant, a thug, an underground writer, a butler to a millionaire in Manhattan… but also a switchblade-waving poet, a lover of beautiful women, a warmonger, a political agitator and a novelist who wrote of his own greatness.”

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novel Limonov by Emmanuel Carrère and directed by revered Russian auteur Kirill Serebrennikov, the new film is described as “a journey through Russia, America and Europe during the second half of the 20th century”.'s Lashana Lynch addresses return The movie's synopsis describes the character played by Whishaw as"a revolutionary militant, a thug, an underground writer, a butler to a millionaire in Manhattan.'s Lashana Lynch addresses return The movie's synopsis describes the character played by Whishaw as"a revolutionary militant, a thug, an underground writer, a butler to a millionaire in Manhattan.Buffy the Vampire Slayer , but where the Slayer and the vampire are in love.

The character at the heart of the story is Eduard Limonov, a radical, real-life figure who had what can only be described as many colourful adventures around the world before his recent death in 2020. According to Variety , Limonov was “an underground writer in the Soviet Union who escaped to the US where he became a punk-poet and also a butler to a millionaire in Manhattan. Paddington actor Whishaw recently shared his thoughts on Q's sexuality reveal in the latest Bond movie, No Time to Die he feels that a line that references Q dating a man"came from a good place" despite not being explored any further. “‘Eddie’ then became a literary sensation in Paris before returning to Russia where he morphed into a charismatic dissident party leader with rock star status, and [was] incarcerated by Vladimir Putin. "I think I thought: 'Are we doing this, and then doing nothing with it?' I remember, perhaps, feeling that was unsatisfying," he said.” Ben Whishaw will take on the role of Eduard Limonov in his new film The film’s synopsis teases a few more intriguing details about Limonov as “a revolutionary militant, a thug, an underground writer, a butler to a millionaire in Manhattan… but also a switchblade-waving poet, a lover of beautiful women, a warmonger, a political agitator and a novelist who wrote of his own greatness."For whatever reason, I didn't pick it apart with anybody on the film.” Alongside Whishaw’s turn as the titular character, Limonov, The Ballad Of Eddie will also star Russian actor Viktoria Miroshnichenko as his wife, Elena. Netflix.

Production on the film is underway, although shooting in Russia had to stop when war broke out in February. Variety reported that as Serebrennikov had already experienced troubles with Putin’s regime, they opted to shut down filming and evacuate Whishaw from the country. Filming on Limonov will soon resume production later this year in Europe. But while we wait for updates, we do have a first image from the film showing Whishaw donning Limonov’s iconic glasses, beard and moustache. It’s a transformation that the actor has described as “one of the greatest pleasures”.

“He himself was always transforming — almost as if he lead about seven completely different lives,” Whishaw told . “I studied him as much as I could, though I’m not really attempting an impersonation”. Eduard Limonov speaking during a rally in Moscow in 2014 Whishaw also recalled how he was “transfixed” by the character of Limonov when he was first sent the script in 2020. “Everything about him was so extreme,” he explained. “I felt all sorts of contradictory things about him.

It was as though in every situation he found himself in, he struck a dissonant note. He could only exist in opposition to what was in front of him, it seemed. He was against EVERYTHING. He scared me, he fascinated me, repelled me, thrilled me. Lots of things.

” Something tells us this big screen story will definitely be one to watch. Images: Getty .