In a startling and unconventional move, acclaimed Hollywood actor Jude Law has embarked on a creative endeavor for his latest role, crafting a bespoke perfume that encapsulates the essence of blood, sweat, and feces.
Jude Law's Unconventional Olfactory Creation for "Firebrand"
During a captivating press conference held yesterday at the illustrious Cannes Film Festival, Law astounded attendees by divulging his olfactory creation, meticulously designed to embody the character of King Henry VIII in the forthcoming cinematic masterpiece, "Firebrand." As he addressed the gathered audience, Law shared his motivation for delving into the realm of scent design, aiming to faithfully portray the final days of the late monarch alongside his sixth and ultimate wife, Katherine Parr, portrayed by the talented Swedish actress Alicia Vikander.
Jude Law read accounts of people being able to smell King Henry VII's stench from three rooms away, so he wanted to "smell awful" on set. https://t.co/xIatqsxQat #Cannes pic.twitter.com/czpcs9av1w — Variety (@Variety) May 22, 2023
Law's Unorthodox Fragrance Choice
Immersed in his research, Law recounted intriguing historical accounts that illuminated King Henry VIII's distinct aroma.
"I read several interesting accounts that you could smell Henry three rooms away. His leg was rotting so badly. He hid it with rose oil," Law revealed at the press conference. "I thought it would have a great impact if I smelt awful." Immersed in the world of fragrance, Law expounded upon his collaboration with an accomplished perfumer, who skillfully amalgamated the odious essences of blood, fecal matter, and sweat.
Reflecting on the process, Law enthused, "She makes wonderful scents, and she also makes awful scents. She somehow came up with this extraordinary variety of blood, fecal matter and sweat,” he explained, adding that he started out spritzing lightly before transforming into a “spray-fest." Law admitted that his experimentation began with subtle spritzes, gradually escalating into a veritable "spray-fest," enabling him to fully embody the essence of his character.
The transformative nature of this olfactory journey allowed him to embrace the multifaceted aspects of King Henry VIII's persona. According to reports, Law's olfactory creation permeated the film set, leaving an indelible impression on the cast and crew.
Director Karim Ainouz fondly recalled the presence of Law's scent, remarking on its potent and unforgettable nature. "When Jude walked in on set," Ainouz reminisced, "it was just horrible," Ainouz added, reminiscing about the camaraderie that flourished on set.