‘Possessor’: Why Andrea Riseborough Wanted to Wear a Fake Penis for the Year’s Craziest Sex Scene

‘Possessor’: Why Andrea Riseborough Wanted to Wear a Fake Penis for the Year’s Craziest Sex Scene
Andrea Riseborough isn’t afraid to raise hell, from a murderous architect on the run in “Black Mirror” to a serial identity thief in “Nancy” and, most recently, a body-snatching assassin in “Possessor.” In Brandon Cronenberg’s gory, slick techno-thriller, Riseborough’s screen time is limited as Tasya Vos, as she spends most of the movie hijacking Christopher Abbott’s character. But her specter hovers over the entire movie as the puppeteer of madness, hired by a shadowy operation to take over Abbott’s body, and kill his future father-in-law, the head of a major data-mining company.

Why the affinity for destruction in Riseborough’s work? “There’s something about the subconscious bubbling up to the surface that feels very honest,” she said. “I don’t know whether that’s just me. But I feel certainly, now more than ever, that there is an underlying frustration, violence, turmoil in all of us.
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