Toiling in the shadow of bigger players such as Pixar, DreamWorks and Fox / Blue Sky are the smaller indie ‘toon companies, who often struggle to find a box office niche. The latest company, UK outfit Kaleidoscope, will be hoping that a Toy Story-style adventure called Once Upon A Time In The Kitchen about spoons and such plus voice work from Nicholas Hoult, Gemma Arterton and Stephen Fry will help its cause.
Alexander Williams, who has worked as an animator on the likes of The Lion King, Monster House and The Iron Giant, is stepping up to direct this one, working from a script by Friends veteran Chris Brown.
They will be kicking off work in September on the tale of a kitchen divided between everyday utensils and the snooty best silver from the other side of the table.
Williams, as you’d expect from a director of a movie like this, was quick to stress the potential film’s universal appeal: “It’s a fantasy adventure aimed squarely at a family audience, but with enough sophisticated wit to keep the grown-ups happy.”
The British actor, and beau of Jennifer Lawrence, talks about tackling the lead role in Jack The Giant Slayer, laughing at his co-star’s stunt bloopers and a penchant for climbing trees.
What makes your Jack tick in Jack And The Giant Slayer?
Well, Jack lost his parents when he was pretty young, has been raised by his uncle and has a good heart and good intentions, but things don’t always go his way. He hasn’t had a lot of breaks in life, and then he gets swept up on this adventure to try to rescue the princess, but he’s totally unprepared and scared of heights, which is very inappropriate when you’re climbing five miles into the sky on a beanstalk.
Did you have fun romancing Eleanor Tomlinson’s princess?
We’d mess around and joke about stuff in the scenes. It can be tricky to develop a relationship quickly without that many scenes and have the audience believe your characters. But Bryan [Singer] knows how to formulate a solid story that’s well told, and that sweeps you up. So he managed to pop out the key points for us very clearly.
Were there any opportunities to have a laugh during production?
I enjoyed it when things would go wrong during Eleanor’s stunts [laughs]. Not terribly wrong, but just, like, when we were in the cathedral and maybe Eleanor wasn’t listening when they were talking about camera timings and when we had to drop to the floor. So we were meant to go on ‘action’, but on ‘one’ I see her out of the corner of my eye just hit the deck. It was a hard, concrete floor and you’d hear a little moan of: ‘Ow.’ That made me laugh a lot.
Did you enjoy the physicality of the role?
I climbed a lot of trees when I was a child, and I thought I’d enjoy a second chance to do that on a grand scale. Even recently, I was out walking around the woods at my house and I was like: ‘Oh, a massive tree to climb,’ and I did. It was easier when I was a kid: I’m getting worse at tree climbing. When you’re a kid, you’re fearless and the branches can take your weight a lot easier.
What did you like about the film’s story?
I just like the fact that these two characters are being told what they can’t do and they won’t achieve, and they both, against the odds, go out and accomplish things and learn and grow. That’s a great message to be sending out to anyone watching the film, but particularly to kids. Don’t accept no as an answer. And don’t get the beans wet.
Jack The Giant Slayer is out now on DVD, Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray.
Check out these deleted scenes from Warm Bodies and Jack the Giant Slayer. I can’t get the scenes from Jack embedded so you can check those out over here. Check out the Warm Bodies scene below.
Last weekend Nicholas and some of his X-Men: Days of Future Past co-stars attended the Canadian F1 Grand Prix. He also met up with About a Boy co-star Hugh Grant. I’ve added 2 photos to our gallery thanks to Jen.