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Jude Law explains how he based his 'Vox Lux' role on 'Killing of a Chinese Bookie'

Jude Law has opened up about how he go into the mindset of his newest character as the talent manager of pop star Celeste. 

The talent, played by Natalie Portman, is seemingly controlled by the heavily involved and manipulative role played by Law as a string of questionable decisions are made. 

The film, starring Portman, Jude Law, Raffey Cassidy and Stacy Martin, has been somewhat shrouded in mystery as it premieres at the Venice Film Festival before going on to be screened at the Toronto Film Festival. 

With that said, Brady Corbets second directorial feature tells the story of a pop star who survived a mass shooting as a young girl and is still dealing with the aftermath.

While speaking at the film’s L.A. premiere, Law told reporters how he pushed himself into the correct mindset of the role: “People who have lived lives that have burned the candle at both ends, and somehow lived in that witching hour, where you wonder how they get through the day before they need another drink or another drug,” he explained. 

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Detailing further, Law explained how he referenced a 1976 American crime film as inspiration: “For that, I kind of look more at Killing of a Chinese Bookie, specifically,” he added. 

The film mentioned by Law is a rough, raw and gritty film and was directed by John Cassavetes and starred Ben Gazzara and tells the story of a proprietor of a sleazy, low-rent Hollywood cabaret show who finds trouble in an underground casino run by mobsters.