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Paul Mescal Expresses Concerns About ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ And ‘Gladiator 2’

By Allyson Johnson | Celebrity | August 28, 2023 |

By Allyson Johnson | Celebrity | August 28, 2023 |


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Paul Mescal is gearing up for an exciting fall season. Last week, fans saw the first trailer for the film Foe, in which he stars alongside Saoirse Ronan as a married couple. Alongside that, the first look at Andrew Haigh’s latest film, All of Us Strangers, where Mescal co-stars with Andrew Scott, was released. Both films — particularly the latter — aim to capitalize on Mescal’s burgeoning charisma and talent, building on the acclaim he received for 2022’s poignant Aftersun. Despite what appears to be a promising season, Mescal has expressed concerns about an upcoming role. However, these concerns are not for Foe or All of Us Strangers, but for Richard Linklater’s adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Merrily We Roll Along.

Emulating his approach in Boyhood, Linklater plans to shoot the film over two decades to capture the actors aging in real-time, albeit in reverse chronological order. Mescal stars with Beanie Feldstein and Ben Platt. While some actors might view the extended shooting period as an exciting challenge, Mescal has already voiced his anxieties, which he discussed in an interview with Esquire UK.

“I think I’m going to spend the next 20 years regretting choices that I made in some sequences and then forgetting about others and being like, ‘Oh, fuck! We shot that in 2035!’ That’s crazy.”

Although it may not be the most immediate or conventional film on his horizon, there’s no denying the unique appeal of the Merrily We Roll Along adaptation. Still, as he is at the beginning of his career, will the final product reflect Mescal’s artistic evolution? Will Platt and Feldstein maintain their engagement over the years, or will Platt’s performance become grating? Linklater will undoubtedly release other films in the interim, but this ambitious project will likely face intense scrutiny due to its prolonged development. Refreshingly, this production won’t rely on CGI to age or de-age its actors, bucking a current trend.

The rest of the interview delves into his rise to fame, covering the aforementioned films and the upcoming Gladiator sequel directed by Ridley Scott. Here, Mescal skillfully dodges questions about his character.

“I can’t tell you how stressed I am talking about that film in particular, because it’s definitely the biggest one I’ve done. I feel really excited, but it’s difficult to get away from the legacy of the original. I think the script pays homage to it while offering something I can make my own.”

As it turns out, even rising stars like Mescal aren’t immune to new job anxieties.