fredag 28 juni 2013
New Interview: Jamie Campbell Bower Talks about City of Bones and Fame (Mentions Twilight Saga and Rob)
The former 'Harry Potter' and 'Twilight' actor, stars alongside Lily Collins in the film, 'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' based on Cassandra Clare's fantasy novels.
After his roles in Harry Potter and Twilight, Jamie Campbell Bower arrives in style at the The Mortal Instruments saga to take a leading role. The 24 year old actor, appearing in his interview with Screenrush fully tattooed-demands of his role as Jace Wayland, comes from the world of music and is grounded. Not wanting to be gagged by fame or by the weight of responsibility. We chatted with him in the castle Casa Loma in Toronto (Canada), last September, during one of the stoppages of the shooting that led the director Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid). And the truth is that both he and his co-star Lily Collins (A winter on the beach) are already confirmed for the sequel Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes. Meanwhile, the first part-City of Bones-opens in Spain on August 30th. In addition, the actor will be visiting Barcelona tomorrow, Thursday June 27th, for a fan event. It will start at 11.30 h. at the Fnac Diagonal Mar (Av. Diagonal, 3).
Before talking about your appearance ... Tell us about your character. Who is he?
He is a Shadow hunter, son of one of the greatest that ever lived. And he has inherited some of that greatness. It's a bit impulsive, and I see him with this vulnerability that the young River Phoenix had. You notice it in his form of fighting, and in the way that his protects himself from his own emotions ...
For those outside of Cassandra Clare's books, what are the Shadow hunters?
What are they? They are the protectors of the known Universe. In the world, demons exist-I mean, in the world of the movie, not in real life fortunately, and these hunters are responsible for keeping them at bay.
Do you have any personal interest in the world of the occult?
I've always been interested in this kind of movie, since I was little. But I have not done any research in particular. The book series itself is a bible in which we could dive.
Why do you think that people like this kind of stories?
I think the key word is fantasy 'because it takes people out of their world. That is something cinema and entertainment have always done, they free the public from their mundane existence. And that's what these stories offer. I remember when I was 14 or 15 years ... I was full of fears. And there are plenty of fictional characters with the anxiety, guided by passion. Suppose teenagers can identify with that.
How do you face your third saga of success?
I'd be lying if I said that every time I choose to enter one of those projects I did it without fear, or without anxiety. With each one I was exposed to the world. Yes, I did it because I enjoyed it, but I have to make other people have fun also.Others have to like what I do! And that's scary, of course. Will this be a saga? At the moment we do not know if this will be a saga. We are shooting the first film [now already confirmed the sequel].
The tattoos on his arms lights are fake, right?
They are fake, yes ...
Why do you have them?
They're runes and they all have very specific meanings and powers. The Shadow hunters tattoo them, I can not say how, but all hunters have them.
Is Jace the most physical character that you have played in your career?
Without a doubt. I've been training for four months to do this role. And I told the trainers I wanted to do 100% of my scenes, each of the fight scenes. I had to learn to jump and do really crazy movements, fighting over a table top very close. So yeah, it's physically demanding, but I like challenges. Doesn't matter if people realize. For me, personally, it will be very comforting to sit and watch the film and know that I've done those scenes.
Is there any scenes that you have not done?
So far no ... I wanted to do everything. And I have. Physical training process started in London. I weighed a lot more than weight now, so I started a diet: I removed almost everything. And then we came here and started training with specialists. I learned how to move better, to trust my gravity.
Do you feel better now? Physically speaking ...
Sure! It's exhausting, because I'm taking myself to the limit ... but yeah, I feel great.
How's your relationship with Clary, who Lily Collins plays?
They meet in a nightclub, and it's funny because Lily is the first 'mundane' that has been able to see him without his having yet acquired the ability to 'be seen' by the 'worldly'. The intrigue comes soon, and I guess he sees something in her that he also sees in himself ... The Shadow hunters do not interact much with the people, they're are stuck in their own world, but my character is perhaps a bit bored of it.
How would you describe Jace to Clary?
He considered brave. To him, she is from another world, there is something ethereal about his personality. And Lily is magnificent with her character and helps to make this believable.
For your character, other actors were considered like Alex Pettyfer. Were you aware of all the rumors that generated the casting call?
I got the role for a year and a half, so it's been an intense journey for me. Did I realized how important it was this series of books for young people? I sound like my grandfather! I would lie if I said yes. He knew the books, but it happened like Twilight did: I didn't really see the force of it. I like to work based on great stories, not because they are part of a series or because the movie will make a lot of money.
What experiences from 'Harry Potter' or 'Twilight' have you brought to this shoot?
Nothing. Every set I've ever been on has been different. I'll be very honest: I've never felt more comfortable in a set than the set for this movie. I do not know if it's because I've grown up or because I believe more in myself ... I have prepared a lot for this. Sometimes you get hired for a project a week before we started shooting, so I do not have much time. But this has been a very gradual process and very soft. When I come to work every day, I feel very comfortable. And this is thanks to Harald, the director, because a film set is like a pyramid ... All filtered from top to bottom.
What references have chosen to compose your character?
In society there are certain sexual attraction to the bad boy image of the rock star. Always has been. When I was 15, I myself played in a band, and now I play with the Darling Buds, but back then played percussion on a different band, in the environment of independent music in London. If I'm honest, I think people are not going to like my character. He's arrogant! But he also has some vulnerabilities, and only shows it to Clary. She is the only person who can see it. Potentially ... going to end up hating me, but I do not care.
Are you afraid that the same thing that happened to Robert Pattinson will happen to you? We refer to the fame ...
I'm not aware of it, and I have chosen not to be aware of it. This is going to sound pedantic, but I do not pay attention to those questions, because all I'm doing is my job. I do what I want to do, and to fuel those thoughts seem to me very dangerous. If the movie does well, the film does well, but I'm doing a job ... I will make a different then playing another character.