If you’ve watched the behind-the-scenes documentary on the “Dark Phoenix” Blu-ray (which would’ve required you to buy “Dark Phoenix” on Blu-ray, so I’m guessing this is all new to you), you know that the creative team behind this misbegotten movie were blown away by the “Game of Thrones” star’s commitment to the role.
If properly written, Jean Grey is the most tragic figure in the X-Men universe. She’s a telepath whose powers rival those of Professor Xavier’s, and when she returned from the grave as Phoenix, those powers exploded beyond her control. She was mentally erratic, which was a problem of galactic proportions given her star-destroying might. Kinberg, who failed the character miserably as a writer and director on “Dark Phoenix,” was nevertheless impressed by Turner’s immersion in Grey’s psychological turmoil.
As he observed in the documentary:
“Sophie did all kinds of research, especially on schizophrenia. She would walk around in preparation for the movie with headphones in her ears with just random voices playing so that she would know what it felt like to have to walk through the world hearing voices you couldn’t control, that weren’t actually embodied voices of the people who were in the room or the space with you.”