the erotic novel lolita from Vladimir Nabokov., was first published in 1955. It tells the story of a 40-year-old man with his 12-year-old stepdaughter. The controversial story has been adapted for film twice, generating the same controversy as when the book for sale.
the famous filmmaker Stanley Kubrick made an adaptation in 1964. Then, in 1997, the director Adrien-Lyne did the same. This time the actor Jeremy Irons put oneself in the shoes of Humbertwhile Dominique Swain personified Dolores Haze the famous lolita.
Judging by the coldness of the figures, the public turns its back on him. The collection was not enough to cover the budget for its creation: 50 million dollars were invested and nearly 10 million registered. But the most delicate drama is another: the one Dominique went through.
Dominique Swain in Lolita
Born on August 12, 1980 in Malibu, California, the actress did not have an easy childhood. Because of her crooked teeth, she was bullied at school: her classmates made fun of her and made bad jokes. Already as a teenager, he did his first jobs as a model.
Even when an auspicious career appeared on the catwalks, Swain turned to acting. His first job was in 1993 with a supporting role in the movie the good son. Three years later, he turns face to face, for then yes make the leap into general consideration with lolita.
Dominique played a 12-year-old girl when she was 17. She was selected in a casting call for 2,500 other teenagers. Overnight, she gains a prominent role she’s never had before, her last name goes international, and magazine covers feature her photos in lingerie.
The movie world was quick to pigeonhole her: Scripts started coming in for Swain to play similar characters. We were trying to exploit her sensuality, no matter what. He accepted some of them, like sad teenager, but then denied each of these requests. The industry stopped taking it into account. From a resounding success, it passed into oblivion, almost without stopping.
Dominique Swain signing an autograph on one of his posts in his underwear
Dominique did not want to lose a place and began to be part of class B cinema. Dangerous Friendships in 2002, deadly suspicion in 2006, demonic game one year later. Almost a decade passed until he took part in a bad choice nearly a decade later. The last thing on this list is the movie he directed in 2019: the bad mom. All work without much repercussion in the Hollywood world. And yet, he has more than 50 films made on his resume.
1997 meant a break for her. And not just in the workplace, with the event of lolita, at least in the popularity it had attained. Not so long ago, Dominique spoke of the ordeal he had to face for this film. While at the time we were already talking about the sexualization of minors in the cinema, about the need to fix this problem, Adrian Lyne’s film only threw more oil on the fire.
Although the director was instructed to clarify that everything had been taken care of, that the scenes from the first part had been deleted from the script and that the nudes seen on screen had been interpreted by an adult woman, this was not enough: reviews pointed against the product. And most importantly: the actress herself assured that everything generated by the film affects her, such as the images that appear in Internet search engines every time someone types in her name and surname.
Swain noted that she never felt comfortable with the role she filled. And she had to deal with the fame she gained, which she was not prepared for. Suddenly, she saw herself as the great protagonist of private parties and galas. His presence generated press. And all the producers wanted to have her in their ranks, but in erotic roles.
The actress, what has been said, initially agreed to play this type of character, but when she realized that she had been typecast, she felt disgust. “My agent says I don’t try too hard. If a role like lolitaI would definitely go for that, but in all these other auditions, I just think I have to spend all day memorizing lines that I might not even understand. It’s a waste of time,” he said in a note with New York Times.
Soon his look would completely change. What amused him was already a burden. He could not escape the labels. And the consequences would go further. “My destruction as a person comes from lolita”, he lamented, in summary of his suffering, on one of the rare occasions when he mentioned the case. He prefers to avoid it, so as not to stir up the wounds of the past.
Today, Dominique Swain is involved in low-budget films, but she no longer denies it: she knows she can go unnoticed, and thus she feels more at ease. His intention is not to relive what happened 25 years ago. With that, the more time he spends with his partner, the director and screenwriter Marc Clebanoff, said to be happy. At the end of the day, the role she seeks for her life is chosen by her. And not the others.