Dec 12,2010

Q & A, Videos

Posted by Tsaress with 1 Comment

Ben Barnes relishes his roles as a leading man [Examiner]
An excerpt from that article:

[Says jokingly] I heard the queen didn’t enjoy the “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” premiere as much as she could have because you weren’t there to greet her.

[He laughs.] Well, I was there at the premiere, and I’ve met her before.

What do you remember about the first time that you met the queen?

It was her 80th birthday party. Prince Edward was a patron of the National Youth Music Theatre, which I used to be in. Jude Law and Jamie Bell also used to be in it too. Prince Edward was the patron, so he asked that company to do a selection of songs at the queen’s 80th birthday while they were having dinner.

And one of the songs they asked me to sing was from a musical called “The Dreaming,” based on “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream,” but it’s the moment when I have love potion put on my eyes. And so I had this love potion put on my eyes, and I’m more kind of lustful, and so I’m singing this song to this girl and chasing her around this stage and ripping my clothes off as I run after her, while the royal family is sitting there eating dinner, looking at me very curiously, like, “What are you doing?” It’s totally out-of-context to the rest of the story, so they must’ve thought I was barking mad. But I did meet her after that.

That’s quite an impression you must’ve left: stripping for the queen. For people who don’t know why you couldn’t meet her at “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” premiere, can you explain why you couldn’t get out of your commitment to “Birdsong”?

I was absolutely gutted that I couldn’t meet her at the premiere, but the decision to do the play was made before the premiere was a Royal Film Performance. I signed on to the play, and I thought, “Well, I’ll just nip away while everyone’s watching the film. No one will notice, because I’m doing the red carpet, I’ll go in, I’ll go out the back, do the play, come back to the premiere, and I won’t let anybody down.” That was my plan. That was my thought process. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been good enough for some critics, but I was just trying to please everybody.

And a few brief interviews posted on YouTube:

This entry was posted on Sunday, December 12th, 2010 at 12:08 am and is filed under Ben News, Voyage of the Dawn Treader. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

One Response to “Q & A, Videos”

  1. Comment by Anna in December 12, 2010 @ 12:39 am

    He’s is so darn sweet! He seems to be so down to earth too, without any airs and graces. And he genuinely loves his job.

    Kudos to him for catching Georgie.

    I’d love to meet him and talk to him a bit. <3