How many times can you kill Tom Cruise?
Not literally, but in the case of Emily Blunt's character Rita in “Edge of Tomorrow,” the toughened war hero gets to dispatch Cruise's character brutally more than a few times.
“It was really fun coming up with different ways,” says the actress, laughing.
“Sometimes she is really focused about it, and sometimes she doesn't care.”
In “Edge of Tomorrow,” Cruise plays Lt. Col. Bill Cage, a slick and somewhat cowardly PR representative for the military, which is fighting an alien invasion. After being unexpectedly sent into battle, Cage finds himself stuck in a “time loop,” where he is killed repeatedly, only to be inexplicably resurrected anew each time to face the same fight.
After being killed a number of times, it begins to dawn on Cage that Rita may be key to getting him out of his predicament, but each time she meets him, it's for the first time. So he has to convince her of this.
And while Blunt did relish playing an empowered female who kicked people around in “Edge of Tomorrow,” which opens Friday, she is enjoying her time off to be a mom. In fact, Hazel was with her on the publicity tour for “Edge,” including doing the red carpet for the premieres of the film in London, Paris and New York City on the same day.
“I spend days staring at my daughter, and I'm sure I could do this for a while longer if I didn't have to make myself go back to work,” she says.
Next up for her is “Sicario,” a thriller with Benicio Del Toro, which starts filming in the fall.
Blunt says that despite all that has been written about motherhood, the one thing she wasn't ready for “was the overwhelming love you have for this little person. I don't know if that feeling is something you can prepare yourself for.”