CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 23: Lily-Rose Depp and Abel 'The Weeknd' Tesfaye attend "The Idol" photocall at the 76th annual Cannes film festival at Palais des Festivals on May 23, 2023 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

This year’s Cannes Film Festival has a TV programme as one of the most talked-about films. “The Idol,” a scandalous, seductive, and certain to stir up controversy series about the cost of fame (think “Euphoria” but set in the world of pop music), debuted the first two of its five episodes at the festival and immediately sparked a thousand hot takes about all that on-screen nudity, bodily fluids, and Hollywood sycophants.

However, before “The Idol,” the brainchild of “Euphoria” creator Sam Levinson and Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, even arrived at the Croisette, an explosive report by Rolling Stone described on-set turmoil, including claims of a toxic work environment, last-minute script rewrites, and budgets gone berserk.

The day following the premiere, on Tuesday, Levinson addressed the claims directly at a press conference in Cannes and refuted any drama that may have occurred behind the scenes. I think we’re going to have the biggest concert of the summer, I said to my wife when she read me the story, he remembered.

“We know we’re making a provocative show,” he said. We are cognizant of it. Regarding the claims made in the paper, he contrasted, “It seemed entirely strange to me. My one little complaint is that they purposefully left out information that didn’t fit their story. That has become prevalent recently.

Earlier in the press conference, Tesfaye stated that he and Levinson want to “create something special, something fun, to make the world a better place.”individuals chuckle, which irritates some individuals.

It’s always a bit sad and discouraging to see cruel, untrue things spoken about someone you care about, said Lily-Rose Depp in response to the charges of disruption and in support of Levinson. It was in no way representative of my experience.

Depp is highlighted in “The Idol” as Jocelyn, a pop sensation recovering from a mental episode following the loss of her mother. She visits a filthy Hollywood bar to let off steam as she works to launch a new record and tour. She meets the Weeknd’s Tedros there, a contemporary cult leader who unveils bigger plans for Jocelyn’s professional future.

Tesfaye stated, “I wanted to create a depraved, twisted vision about the music business. “Toamplify everything I already know about it.

The show’s “revolutionary” use of nudity was also defended by Levinson, who is obviously no stranger to provocative remarks. Even the necessity for intimacy coordinators, who were introduced to the entertainment business in the aftermath of #MeToo, is mocked in a comical scenario in the pilot.

“Our environment is very sexualized. Young people’s minds are heavily influenced by pornography, particularly in the United States. Pop music is where we hear this,” Levinson remarked. “When you have a character who has a strong sexual self and sense of self, you end up underestimating her.”

Jocelyn, who Depp described as a “born and bred performer,” thinks that nudity played a significant role in the creation of the character. That encompasses all facets of her life, not just her career, she added. She always tries to convey something to you through her clothing. The character’s sporadic physical bareness parallels the emotional bareness that we witness.

Chaim, who portrays Jocelyn’s manager, is portrayed by Hank Azaria.that when Depp was exposed on set, he become protective of her. He explained, “I was attempting to cover her with blankets.

The pilot episode of “The Idol” makes reference to the media’s close examination of young, female music idols like Britney Spears. Even though he considers Spears to be “one of the greatest pop stars of all time,” Levinson denied that Jocelyn was influenced by her.

He stated, “We’re not aiming to make a tale about any one music singer. “We’re focusing more on the pressure pop stars face as a result of how the world views them,”

Depp thinks that the worst tragedy of fame’s cost is that the average person thinks they know more about superstars than they actually do. When examining the character, it was intriguing to learn about her mental state. Someone being closely observed but not seen What does it seem like when she breaks down?

Tesfaye plays a guy on a mission, in contrast to Depp’s portrayal of a character who may still be figuring everything out. He defined himself as “Dracula,” who is “luring” Jocelyn under his control. When questioned by a journalist if he had ever met someone like Tedros in person, he chuckled. “I fucking don’t think so.”

“If you had,” Levinson said, “I don’t think you’d be here.”

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