Jude Law used “rotten perfume” to play King Henry VIII

Jude Law revealed during a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival the controversial resource he used to bring the late King Henry VIII to life in his new biopic Firebrand.

The British artist confessed to having created, together with a perfumer, a fragrance with a penetrating odor that shows the alleged putrid aroma of Henry VIII, which came from the numerous ulcers on his legs. Well, according to Law, different accounts affirmed that the king could be perceived olfactorily at a considerable distance due to this situation.

«I read several interesting stories that described how Enrique could be perceived from three rooms away. His leg was rotting so bad. He was masking it with rose oil,” Jude said of his stance in deciding that he had to stink himself to make an even bigger impact on his performance.

Likewise, the actor said that, to achieve his goal, he had to seek the help of a perfume specialist, who created a personalized fragrance that evokes the smell of Henry VIII at the end of his life.

He knows how to create wonderful fragrances, but also horrible fragrances. Somehow, she managed to create this extraordinary combination of blood, fecal matter and sweat,” Law commented on the specialist she worked with.

For his part, the director of Firebrand, Karim Aïnouz, stated that the consistency and power of the plague caused a great impact on the film set.