Natasha Richardson’s Final Performance “Harrowing”
Recently deceased actress Natasha Richardson still has one more movie project awaiting release, and according to the film’s director her performance is “harrowing.”
Richardson provided her voice for the yet-to-be-released film The Wildest Dream, a biopic about explorer George Mallory, who disappeared while attempting to scale Mount Everest in 1924. Richardson performed the voice of Mallory’s wife Ruth, and her husband, Liam Neeson, narrated the film.
The film’s director, Anthony Geffen, tells Us Magazine that Richardson threw herself into the role.
“She got very emotionally involved in the film because it’s a very powerful story about a woman who’s trying to come to terms with her husband and knowing that if he goes one more time, he may well not come back,” Geffen offers. “She just grasped the role and wanted to be connected with things. When she left, it was almost like there’s a void in the room because she’s so full of enthusiasm for things.”
Geffen adds that, in addition to her professionalism, Richardson displayed a personal interest in cast and crew while filming the project.
“She was one of those people who immediately came into the recording studio and spent some time with us,” the director offers. “Everybody responded to her, she was full of energy, she was totally engaged to the project and it didn’t matter who they were—whether they were making the coffee or the engineer—she got on with them and connected with them. That’s the Natasha that should be remembered.”
Richardson died of blunt trauma to the head on Wednesday night, after suffering a ski injury in Canada earlier in the week. Geffen says that he plans to release the film this fall, and is considering dedicating the film to Richardson.
“I think that’s something that would take discussion and talking to Liam. There’s no question that the film, in its own way—although she’s only a part of it technically—is a fitting tribute to her. I know it’s only her voice, but her voice is very powerful and it’s harrowing in a way, listening to it now.”