Saturday, May 19, 2012

Flicks and Bits Interview

Flicks and Bits - In the epic action-adventure ‘Snow White and the Huntsman,’ Kristen Stewart (Twilight) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Oscar-winner Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, The Avengers) who was dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power. Directed by acclaimed commercial director and state-of-the-art visualist, Rupert Sanders, ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin, Noah Huntley, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Steven Graham, and Nick Frost. The film arrives in cinemas June 1st.

This classic Brothers Grimm fairytale has had many incarnations. How would you describe this particular take on Snow White?

Kristen Stewart: I would say that it’s true to all of the things you would associate with Snow White when you just hear the name. I think her characteristics are pretty basic; she’s a good person, very compassionate, she’s got this connection to the Earth and to animals. In ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ we’ve got all of that, it’s just that we put her in a situation where it’s really difficult to maintain those qualities (laughs). We test her. She lives in a very dangerous world, and I think that that’s not what we’re used to necessarily about Snow White.

I think some people forget how dark the original story actually was?

Kristen Stewart: Yeah, very. The original Brothers Grimm story was extremely dark, you know? It was about a stepmother wanting to kill her 7-year old daughter, it’s insane! With our take, you expect the animals and the forest and the things to be moving strangely and all that. But there’s just something so not fairytale-esq about it, that makes it that we’re not copying anything, we’re not imitating anything. It’s like we’re making a new fairytale. And it’s so worthy of the word. I mean, it really does take you somewhere that is otherworldly.

What initially got you interested in ‘Snow White and the Huntsman,’ and in particular playing Snow White?

Kristen Stewart: The way Rupert Sanders got the job was through this sort of 5-minute short version of the movie, with other actors and all of the different worlds that live within this one world. It was sort of like our land is in a state of disarray, and the darkness of it is really wretched and disgusting….and I think that makes the light aspects so beautiful. I think when people finally get into the enchanted forest, it’s just so stunning. So initially when I saw that I was like, “Wow, if we can do a long version of that it’s going to be amazing.” And then if we can find characters within the archetypes of a fairytale, and make them human, make sure Snow White felt like a real girl, not just like somebody who is endowed with super human selflessness – because you’re not going to feel bad for anybody like that. It’s like that they’re not human. All of those things I was really excited to get into. Also, it’s really rare to find a female character that actually, completely lacks vanity. Because that doesn’t exist, because no one can claim that. You always want to look good, of course. But Snow White, she’s never even seen herself, doesn’t even know what she looks like. That was interesting.

What was it like working opposite Charlize Theron as this incredibly icy, intimidating Evil Queen?

Kristen Stewart: She’s awesome, she’s a nut bag! My favourite people in the world are the ones where you’re like, “Wow, you are crazy, I love you.” I was really intimidated by the idea of this all, I was thinking, “Oh God, Charlize, she’s stunning, she always makes bold choices, she’s got it all – literally.” But then when you meet her, it’s so not off-putting. Her energy is so in your face as well, it’s just motivating. It just makes you want to push back, and I love people like that. I love people who can get in there and challenge you. Charlize is perfect to play the Evil Queen because she’s got this presence, and people say that about a lot of people, but she can level you in a great way, in a bad way, however she wants.

You have some great scenes with Chris Hemsworth, how was it working with him?

Kristen Stewart: He’s amazing, it was such a good balance on set as well because we are quite different personalities. Even our approach to working is different. Like the feeling we have before we go into something, Chris is very at ease, he knows himself so well. I always need to use anxiety and I need to build myself up to something. It was nice, and I think that also helped to inform the relationship in the movie. The Huntsman has this ease, you know what I mean? I loved that about him, he has it in real life too. I think me and Chris worked together really great because he really surprises me, things just came out without having to talk about them or anything. I’m always obsessed with, “What about this? Have you thought about this?” So we really surprised each other when we can go and actually run the scene and both of our “processes” don’t matter, it’s so much fun to just go with him. Plus he’s just really funny.