Emerald Fennell's Saltburn is a savage dreamland. A visceral pastiche of English summer nostalgia, you can almost feel the burn of the sun and smell the earthiness of hundred-year-old manor walls through the screen. But the film's romance is tainted with a seductive darkness that threatens to swallow you whole.
When asked if he managed to lose himself in the world of Saltburn and his character Felix Catton as we did, Jacob Elordi told RUSSH "I hope so". Elordi recently spoke about his Saltburn experience and revealed more on his creative process ahead of the film's streaming launch on Friday, December 22. Which of course is great news for the legion of Saltburn devotees who are gearing up for a second viewing.
"It's 100% a rewatch movie," Elordi says. We couldn't agree more. Of course for first time viewers, the experience is both shocking and enthralling. Elordi recounts hearing crowd reactions himself for the first time.
"I went to a screening of the picture in Brisbane. It was unbelievable, because everybody was engaged and sort of gasping at the screen and yelling at the screen," he said. "And I haven't been in a movie like that in a really, really long time."
"[Fennell] She's got a wicked imagination," he said.
The experience of working on such a provocative and consuming film is one Elordi seemed to relish. "I'm pretty open to everything. I definitely want to be in service to filmmakers," he said. And you'd have to be. The bathtub scene anyone?
As for his own approach to diving into the life of his character, the effervescently charming Felix Catton, Elordi lived in Chelsea for four weeks before filming to get a sense of upper-class English society.
One of the more unique parts of his process, Elordi keeps a notebook or a dossier of sorts for each of his films and characters. "It's more just to keep all my thoughts together, otherwise, they might run wild and disappear, and then I won't be able to get them back."
Ultimately, Elordi said that he's just happy to be able to share the experience with audiences. "I'm very glad that we can share it with people. And that people can take from it what they will and, and build their own world from it," he said.
Finally, his advice for those diving in for a second watch? There are Easter Eggs everywhere, "go back and look for them," he said.