What did you think of the portrayal of espionage?
This was interesting. I thought it was going to be kind of the glamorization of the Bond girls like in those movies, but we encounter a very gritty tale of learning about sexual abuse, porn study and self degradation as part of the school. I was a bit taken about from this aspect as you think it will be glamorous (which it obviously is not), so you feel a deep sympathy for the Red Sparrow played by Jennifer Lawrence. In a way, it shows how the US is being swallowed by dipping into torture during the Iraq war.
How do you think the torture scenes reflect on the US or Russia?
What was the creepiest part?
Besides the great character, they cast him as a young Putin look-alike. Seeing how Putin rose from the ashes of the USSR KGB to the endless Russian presidency. This is quite a stab at Putin via a movie. Of course, I'm sure Putin really doesn't mind the portrayal as it backs up his strong man masculinity up to the end.
How does this film inspire you in art?
Well, previously I did do a Hunger Games painting, but that is really a kid sci-fi movie. A closer aspect would be Dennis Rodman going to North Korea to try to open up the country via basketball diplomacy. As we remember, back in the 1970s, Nixon was able to open up China to market economy after using ping pong diplomacy, lovingly interpreted in Forrest Gump. In my painting, he is laying his reputation down in the face of starving kids to coddle up to a dictator. Dennis claimed he was not associated with Obama, but they used to play ball together when Obama was a Senator and he went to Bulls games, so I think there is a connection.