David Oyelowo explains George Clooney's decision not to hide Felicity Jones' pregnancy in 'The Midnight Sky'
Felicity Jones and David Oyelowo in "The Midnight Sky". Philippe Antonello / Netflix
David Oyelowo told Insider about the trial that tried to hide Felicity Jones' real pregnancy on The Midnight Sky.
He said her scenes had to be shot three times so that the footage could be combined with visual effects to make her face appear on a body double.
After trying it for a week the idea was dropped. Oyelowo thinks it was the right choice.
"It went against the way [Director] George [Clooney] wanted to make this movie," Oyelowo said. "He wanted to bring us to the performances. The decision was rightly made very quickly to accept it again."
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David Oyelowo recalls the first time he heard that Felicity Jones, his co-star for the upcoming Netflix movie "The Midnight Sky", was pregnant.
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"It was actually at the Governors Awards," Oyelowo told Insider, referring to the glamorous event that celebrates the winners of the Oscars for his life's work. "One of the executives at Netflix pulled me aside and said, 'Little development.' And I thought whoa what are we doing? "
Clooney was planning a way to shoot Jones - who along with Oyelowo are two of the astronauts going home - so it looked like her character Sully wasn't pregnant.
It would mean filming the Sully scenes three times: once with Jones, a second time with her double body, and a third time with no one in the take. Then, with some magic from the visual effects, the footage would be pieced together so that Jones's face would be laid over the double body so she wouldn't look pregnant in the movie.
(L-R) George Clooney, David Oyelowo and Tiffany Boone on the set of "The Midnight Sky". Philippe Antonello / Netflix
Oyelowo said he and the cast went through this process for a week; Shoot every scene in which Jones was seen three times. But it finally became clear that this wasn't the best plan.
"It went against the way George wanted to make this film," Oyelowo said. "He wanted to bring us to the performances. The decision was rightly made very quickly to accept it again."
Oyelowo said Clooney allowed him to use his own British accent in the film and to rename his character with a Nigerian name. So it only made sense that Jones could appear on screen in her current state.
With this tweak, the ending has been drastically changed from the end of the book the film is based on, Lily Brooks-Dalton's Good Morning, Midnight. But Oyelowo believes this was for the better.
"Using Felicity's pregnancy and my cultural background, those things added to the film," he said.
"The Midnight Sky" is available now on Netflix.
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