Michelle Yeoh has shared what it was like to film some of the most bizarre scenes in the wonderfully weird A24 film “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”
Even with Yeoh’s extensive experience with action-packed films, from playing a Bond Girl to starring in many of the most iconic martial arts films, the directing duo behind “Everything Everywhere All at Once” managed to keep her on her toes on set. Daniel Kwan and Daniel Schienert (known collectively as the Daniels) would bring in unapologetically raunchy set pieces, she revealed in an interview with Variety.
“[The Daniels] are really going to fling around dildos in a fight. Going into it, I couldn’t imagine it, but I believed in them and I trusted them,” Yeoh told Variety. “When you do something like this, you have to believe in it, otherwise, it just doesn’t work.”
The aforementioned sex toy fight scene was Yeoh’s favorite to film because of its sheer madness.
“That whole sequence from Jamie chasing us to Jenny Slate’s character with her dog, it was so ridiculously absurd and funny,” said Yeoh. “It was like being on a rollercoaster and you don’t know where the next drop is.”
However, the scene that left the actors with the most bruises was also the film’s most intimate — the hotdog fingers make-out session between alternate universe variants of Yeoh and Jamie Lee Curtis’ characters.
“This is the scene where [Jamie Lee Curtis and I are] going at it with our hot dog fingers, and those things are like hoses. They’re made to fit, but they’re made of silicone,” Yeoh said. “The next day she came back and was covered in bruises and I asked her if she had had an accident. She had all these bruises on her thighs from just going for it.”
While watching the two passionately sucking mustard and ketchup off of their hotdog fingers felt like something out of a demented fever dream, the scene was meant to provide a flourish of love and affection in what Yeoh describes as “the most beautiful love story in that universe.”
“This is where I believe that filmmaking is a complete collaboration on all the different levels. It’s never about one person or two people or whatever it is. It is a true collaboration,” said Yeoh. “And when you work with someone like Jamie, we looked at one another and said, ‘Let’s go for it.'”