From a 9.13 USA Today interview with mother! star Javier Bardem, written by Andrea Mandell: “Darren Aronofsky is the opposite of my character [in mother!]” says Bardem. “He’s more into Jennifer [Lawrence]’s character than my character. When I met him I was like, ‘Where is this darkness coming from?’ Because he is the opposite of that. He’s nice, caring, generous, funny, very creative.

“But then I saw when he works, he doesn’t expect anything [less] than perfection. He is relentless.”