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Full interview here
This is the first time people will be seeing you on American television. You’d previously done a pilot, but that didn’t get picked up. Were you looking to get involved with TV projects, and are you looking to do more of that?
BARNES: It’s something that I had been hesitant about, a few years ago. But, I’m always a bit slow to catch on to trends. Even when I was at school, I was never the first one to catch on to what was happening. For example, I’ve only just gotten onto Facebook, and that’s 10 years late. It’s a good example of how far behind I am. I love television. I’m a huge Netflix-type binger of shows, and I get very, very invested. I was invested in just reading the script for this, so you can imagine what I’m like when I’ve got access to 22 episodes at one time. It was absolutely something I thought would be very cool, but you think about it differently because you have to really love the character in order to spend that amount of time with them and really believe in them. So, I’m absolutely open to working in any medium. I’ve spent six or seven months on plays before, which very few people see. But I think it’s very exciting that I’m on an American television for is playing one of the Founding Fathers of the country. That’s a good step forward for me. I’m actually weirdly more excited about this being on people’s televisions than I am about a film coming out, which people have to go to see, and make a choice to go and see. Obviously, they have the choice to watch that particular channel or not, but at the same time, I am very excited about it because, even if their televisions are off, I know it’s playing. There’s something quite exciting about that, I suppose because it’s fresh and different for me.
Ben had a Q & A on facebook read it here
Interview from here
Q. You’re familiar with this slice of American history from the British perspective, but did anything during filming surprise you?
A. I had no idea that Sam Adams, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Paul Revere, Thomas Jefferson and John Hancock had literally been in the same room at one point, plotting how best to go about achieving their goals. I think you assume they’re from slightly different eras if you are like me and don’t know any better.
Next month you’ll be seen in “Seventh Son.” More swordplay?
Yes, Jeff Bridges plays this fantastically grizzly, grumpy but also quite broken fighter of evil, and Julianne Moore is this beautifully dramatic and saucy witch. It’s about the battles within every individual between goodness and evil, and the debate between destiny and free will.
Another interview can be read here
EMMA BROWN: How much did you know about the American Revolution? I grew up in London and I knew very little about it. It’s not something you really learn about in school.
BEN BARNES: I also knew very little about it. Obviously you hear about these characters; you know about George Washington and Benjamin Franklin and John Hancock—your John Hancock. But if I’m being really honest, I didn’t know they were all alive at the same time. Three of them became president, and several of them are on different dollar bills, and you think, “Well, they can’t all have been working towards the same goals at the same time.” And they were. For me, it was really exciting reading the script because I didn’t even really know how or where the story was going, which might have come across as quite ignorant. But I think that’s part of the reason I was so excited to do it.
Ben talking about By the Gun and other films here
Rama’s SCREEN: I don’t know if you know this but they’re working on adapting the next Narnia movie, “Silver Chair”, so are you going to be a part of that?
Ben Barnes: “I have no idea. I haven’t spoken to anyone about it. I know in “Silver Chair” casting is much older, I think he’s in his seventies by that point. I know they have brilliant people working prosthetics but I don’t know if that’s even possible but I haven’t spoken to anyone about it, I don’t know what phase that’s at.”
Rama’s SCREEN: What happened to “Seventh Son?” How come it’s taking so long for us to finally get to watch the film?
Ben Barnes: “I know, I know. The Legendary partnered with Warner Bros for a long time, just as our film was nearing completion, they partnered with Universal instead and they already had that slate for the year. Nothing to do with the film not being ready obviously. Obviously the effects and the 3D take a bit of time. But then, new studio, so we had to wait for a date that Universal where they didn’t have anything else coming out, so that’s why we had to wait so long. But I did do the junket for that yesterday, for international it comes out in Europe, I think December, January, and then America and then England in March, and then everywhere, so it’s exciting to have it finally come out.”
Quick Q & A from here
What’s your wallpaper on your phone and/or computer?
On my phone it’s a picture of my brother in a boxing match and on my computer it’s a photograph of London turning from day to night.
When you walk into a bar, what do you typically order? Usually a lager but it varies, a whisky or gin and tonic sometimes.
What’s the one word you are guilty of using too often? I used to use the word ‘epic’ in interviews far too often. But the one that upsets me is when I catch myself saying ‘he was like…’ for ‘he said…’.
What is the last thing you searched for on Google? Outdoor furniture.
When is the last time you went to a theater? I went to the National Theatre to see a play about life in the slums of India in December.
What TV show should everyone should be watching? I just watched Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror series which was dark and intriguing.
And what is your TV guilty pleasure? The Voice. Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are a great comedy duo.
What’s the first CD you bought? It was a cassette tape of TLC’s Waterfalls and Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise.
What is the one food you cannot resist? Indian food or pizza.
What music are you currently listening to? Hozier’s album and Paolo Nutini’s Caustic Love.
What movie makes you laugh the most? This is Spinal Tap makes me laugh every time.
What’s your favorite day of the year? Christmas Day
What’s your favorite emoji?
Pick one: Kittens or puppies? Puppies
New York or Los Angeles? Los Angeles
Comedy or drama? Drama
Bacon or Nutella? Bacon… These questions are getting harder!
Coffee or tea? Tea
’80s or ’90s? Child of the ’80s
And finally: tell us a secret. But then it won’t be a secret anymore. Tell Us About Yourself(ie): Ben Barnes
You can now buy By the Gun from itunes from here.
Interview from here
Well we shot a good chunk of the film in Providence, Rhode Island because I think they could find a lot of the back alleys and things that we needed for that gritty urban texture. Then we shot the remaining stuff in the North End. The real treat about filming this was that when I arrived they had a lot of the supporting cast already, and they were as authentic as they possibly could be. A lot of the places we shot were well-known Boston bars. We actually got a lot of the gangsters and the bar owners who are infamous in the town to play cameos. We had some of the gangsters played by ex-policemen who had seen this story from the other side. Everyone in Boston is such a great storyteller. They are so keen to tell you stories about the dealings they had with these kinds of characters in the past. There was no limit to the amount of secondhand research that was available to me.
Your upcoming film, Seventh Son will finally be released on February 6th. Were you disappointed when the movie’s original release date was postponed?
Barnes: I was disappointed that it got postponed because you make something and you want it to get out there. You will now be able to hopefully enjoy it, and that is exactly how I viewed this film. It was not quite what I expected when I saw it. It has this lovely, fun, nostalgic feel to it. There are four central characters, the love story and the history between the two older characters. It has magic and intrigue. It has this great subject that Jeff Bridges and I were very keen to highlight about the dark, the light and the good and the bad in everyone. It almost relates to the By the Gun as well. Can you love even if you do not understand hatred? Can you murder out of love? Those are underlying themes that could be set in any universe. The idea of fate and destiny is very present as well. Obviously the thrill of working with your heroes in every scene was a big draw for me to do that film. Actually I wanted to get it out there, but it was truly a studio issue in terms of Legendary Pictures moving to Universal Studios and that studio already having their slate set for the rest of the year. It was not anything to do with the film itself. It will find its audience when it is supposed to.
Bello Magazine interview here
Feature with interviews from Seventh Son