Jan 06,2011

Uinterview with Ben

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Thank you to Ishita for sending us this new interview with Ben courtesy of Uinterview. You can view the video version here

Q: Hey Ben, this is Elena from Binghamton, New York. What was the challenge of working with animals like a lion or a mouse? – Elena Cox
A: Well, I had far fewer this time around of that sort than I did in the last film, ‘Prince Caspian,’ where I spent half the film talking to creatures that weren’t actually there … talking to tennis balls and people in green suits. But they do everything they can on the set to make it feel as real as it possibly can. People spend hours in make up; they build these magnificent sets … so less challenging this time around, definitely.
Q: Thanks, and the special effects were amazing. What was the most difficult scene for you to film? – Elena Cox
A: We spent the last three weeks of the shoot in a massive aircraft-kind-of-sized studio and they rebuilt the boat, which we had on a peninsula with water surrounding us. They took it apart like a jigsaw puzzle and built it again in the studio. We filmed it all in blue screens so watching laser pointers, and sort of following instructions, “Everybody look left!” and everyone would do that, and not quite sure what they’re looking at. And then you finally see it on the screen this golden dragon fighting this scary sea serpent breathing fire and then clawing at each other. It’s very rewarding; it’s amazing what they’ve done in the last year. We would get beaten up even without an enemy though because we were on the deck of this ship and it’d be raining and they’d be throwing waves at us and we’d be falling over and knocking into things all the time even without an enemy to defeat!
Q: Hi Ben, this is Kadeen from New York. Whose idea was it to grow the beard that you have in the movie? – Kadeen Griffiths
A: It was mine! I thought if I played a king, I had to have a beard. Kings have beards, surely kings have beards! Also, we wanted to do something that showed three years have passed in Narnia and only one year in the real world. And because these kids have grown a foot, clearly I can’t grow a foot because I’m knocking 30 so I thought, “Well, but at least I can grow a beard.” You know, I’ve always had one unless I had to shave it for a job.
Q: Thanks! Do you have any new projects planned? – Kadeen Griffiths
A: I’ve finished the film ‘Killing Bono,’ which is a ridiculous ’80s comedy about two brothers who went to school with U2. They tried to be the greatest rock stars … but failed quite spectacularly.
Q: Do you know how Bono feels about that? – Kadeen Griffiths
A: Do you know what? He chose the title, and not only that, he saw the movie last week and he loves it! Yeah, we’re looking forward to everybody else getting to see me try to take down Bono.

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