‘Good Luck To You, Leo Grande’: Daryl McCormack reveals how 6-day rehearsal with Emma Thompson brought them closer

This film is a delightful sex-comedy of changing dynamics between Nancy Stokes and sex worker Leo Grande


                            ‘Good Luck To You, Leo Grande’: Daryl McCormack reveals how 6-day rehearsal with Emma Thompson brought them closer
Daryl McCormack and Emma Thompson in 'Good Luck To You, Leo Grande' (Searchlight Pictures / Hulu)
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Any well-made sex-comedy film would probably boast of a complete package of a compelling storyline, drama, emotions, and comedy coupled with sex. Hulu’s much-awaited modern-day sex-comedy film ‘Good Luck To You, Leo Grande’ released on June 17, 2022. Ever since the movie has been released, everyone has been applauding the stellar performances by Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack in the film.

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The plot of the film ‘Good Luck To You, Leo Grande’ revolves around a retired widowed teacher named Nancy Stokes (Emma Thompson). After a long time, letting go of her inhibitions she hires a young and hunky looking sex-worker named Leo Grande (Daryl McCormack) to fulfill all her sexual fantasies and spice things up in her mundane life. Thereafter their relationship dynamics keep on changing and nothing is ever the same again for Nancy and Leo. Fans can also watch ‘MILF’, ‘Pure’ and the ‘The Sex Lives of College Girls’, if this genre interests them.

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In a recent interview with Forbes, Daryl McCormack opened up on working with Thompson in a one room hotel set and how they achieved their fabulous chemistry. “I met Emma just briefly before being cast. That was the first step of the whole process. Just to know, as people, that we could feel comfortable around each other and that we could trust each other. It was really apparent to both of us how much we would have needed each other to make this film. That element of trust was really crucial”.

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Furthermore, talking about the shooting process and his experience of shooting with Thompson, McCormack said, “Then we had a six-day rehearsal prior to shooting the film, which we shot in 18 days. That rehearsal period was super-necessary and fundamental to us growing that bond and growing that relationship. On top of that, we just had so many circumstances that aligned with us to really grow closer and closer. We only lived 15 minutes away from the set so we’d walk every morning to work and then walk back (at the end of the day). We just made it our mission to stay in that cocoon and that sense of closeness”.

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He also added, “Also, we were in the middle of a lockdown so we really had no other choice but to kind of be in each other’s presence quite a bit”.

The actor shared how both their characters are totally different where Leo is comfortable with his profession and tries making Nancy ease into the same so that she doesn’t feel awkward about it and more, said, “I felt that aspect of how much we show and how much we hide was something interesting in Leo because he’s in a professional environment. (The hotel room) is his workspace. I think he is very confident in what he does because he has, in a sense, a calling to do what he does. I think he would have had enough experience to develop a capacity to do it so well. So, it was fun expressing that confidence”.

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Revealing the trait that he loved about his character Leo Grande in the film, McCormack said, “What I really loved about Leo was that despite being such a confident man he also was wounded at some point in his life. I think it’s when Nancy tries to prod and become curious about where that wound is and sees an element (of him) trying to keep the mask up, that was extremely fun to play. I just love it when there are two things going on at once. It just made Leo a little more multi-dimensional for me”.

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‘Good Luck To You, Leo Grande’ has released globally on Hulu by June 17, 2022. The film ‘Good Luck To You, Leo Grande’ star cast includes Isabella Laughland, Charlotte Ware and Carina Lopes as well. The film has been directed by the critically acclaimed filmmaker Sophie Hyde.

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