The actor defined that he was speculated to have his voice blended with Swedish singer Eric Mjönes’ earlier than the movie was launched, “however then the world obtained turned the other way up” and it didn’t occur. Nonetheless, Lemtov’s ludicrously sexual Eurovision observe ‘Lion of Love’ gave Stevens plenty of perception into the character.
“I might instantly see the form of character that he was, after which we appeared extra into that type of performer. Lemtov is just not notably alien to the Eurovision type, that form of pop/operatic type, extremely bombastic, very form of sexualized staging. It simply appeared like a lot enjoyable.”
Stevens additionally notes that the competition itself has lengthy been a fixture not solely in Europe, however within the LGBTQ calendar, and whereas Lemtov’s magnetic persona and efficiency is on the enviable centre of the annual occasion, he continues to be in turmoil.
“The opposite factor to notice is how necessary the track contest is to the LGBTQ neighborhood. For lots of nations, it’s one of many uncommon alternatives that they get to see that proven on a stage, and so they get to have fun it,” he stated. “It’s a form of protected haven for lots of people in that sense. They've an enormous following in that neighborhood in Europe, and all over the world. Even in America, I believe, it’s identified for that. And that’s one thing that’s actually, actually celebrated. Clearly, Lemtov is torn as a result of he comes from a tradition that doesn’t enable him to acknowledge that. I assume that's his tragedy, and that’s what I assumed made him such a well-rounded character, somewhat than simply making him all-out absurd. There’s form of this unhappy form of internal battle: On the outside, he’s this wild, bombastic performer, however he’s not truly in a position to dwell out his fact. A personality like Lemtov in his personal nation, only a few individuals would have questioned his sexuality. I believe when you look again at performers right here again within the ‘80s, lots of people didn’t suppose George Michael was homosexual. He was on the market performing, and no person was questioning that, particularly in England. How individuals dwell their public persona versus their non-public persona — there are nonetheless, to today, in plenty of cultures, performers who dwell with that battle.”