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‘Kinds of Kindness’ Star Jesse Plemons Explains Why He Missed Accepting Cannes Best Actor Prize and What He Loves About Working With Yorgos Lanthimos

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Kinds of Kindness” debuted at the 77th Cannes Film Festival on May 17, star Jesse Plemons hadn’t seen it yet. “I’ve been working, and I also … if I have the option not to watch something I’m in, I usually, slowly sneak out,” the actor told Variety, sitting down at the swanky Carlton Hotel just hours before the Searchlight Pictures film’s world premiere a few hundred yards down the Croisette.

He was curious what the audience would make of Lanthimos’ latest movie, which was among the highest-profile debuts at the festival. “It’s a movie that really demands the viewer bring themselves to it and fill in the blanks,” Plemons explained. “It’s also a movie — from the time I first read the script to then shooting, and even as the production went on — your interpretation of it changes based where you are.

I love films like that.” “Kinds of Kindness” is a triptych of increasingly off-kilter storylines — following “a man without choice who attempts to take control of his own life, a policeman whose wife seems like a different person after being lost at sea and a woman who is in search of someone with a special ability,” according to its logline — with the troupe of actors — Plemons, Emma Stone, Willem Dafoe, Margaret Qualley, Hong Chau, Mamoudou Athie, Joe Alwyn and Hunter Schafer — playing a new set of roles in each chapter. (Yorgos Stefanakos’ character RMF appears in all three parts.) Plemons had been a fan of Lanthimos since his friend Caleb Landry Jones told him to watch the Greek director’s breakthrough film, 2009’s “Dogtooth,” which won the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes. “I’m pinching myself to be in his orbit,” the actor said of Lanthimos reaching out.

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