Whishaw: I love playing a woman
Ben Whishaw has revealed he will be getting in tune with his feminine side in Cloud Atlas.
The Tempest star will play three characters, including a woman, in the Wachowski brothers' big-screen adaptation of David Mitchell's novel.
"I'm doing Frobisher in the 30s, a female American in the 70s, and a smallish role, where I'm basically an extra in a modern-day nursing home, in the Timothy Cavendish section. Everybody's swapping race and gender, so it's very ambitious and quite fun. I'll really love playing a woman!" he told Vulture.
The 30-year-old, whose Cloud Atlas co-stars include Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon, Halle Berry and Jim Broadbent, has no worries about playing a female.
"I like playing highly androgynous characters like that," he continued.
"When I went to have my female body put on, I tried to confront how I would inhabit that body psychologically, emotionally. It was really interesting to try and think about what it would be to be a woman. I wished I lived in a time where actors did those kinds of transformative roles more."
Ben also had to learn to play the piano for his part.
"It's something I've wanted to do for ages, and it was a lovely excuse to fulfil that dream. I'm really enjoying it. I'm not that bad, but all I can play so far are the pieces in the film," he added.