Monday, April 19, 2004

MJ Simpson and Jim Lynn scoop a long interview with Hammer & Tongs dream team !

MJ Simpson promised us a major exclusivity for today (first day of shooting in London) on his site, and here it is : a long interview with Nick, Garth and Robbie Stamp ! Notice that the Interview has been recorded at the end of january.

Here are a few extracts :

Martin Freeman : "He has just been extraordinary. He has reinvented it so it’s still Arthur but it’s a very new, fresh take on it" (Garth)

Mos Def : "You wait till you meet him, you’ll love him. He’s perfect for Ford. We didn’t know much about Mos before we went to meet him; since meeting him and investigating everything he’s done, it was almost no question – it had to be him." (Garth)

Zooey Deschanel : "The last thing we wanted was the token female, and Zooey more than fitted the bill" (Garth)

Sam Rockweell : "He’s the only man I know who can go from a high karate kick, straight into the splits without pulling a muscle and still look cool!" (Garth)

Bill Nighy : "Bill’s just perfect for Slartibartfast and we never bothered even considering anyone else" (Garth)

About the script : "We thought that it would be the typical, Hollywood, ruin-everything thing and we actually told our agent not to send us the script... I went into the toilet to read it, expecting to come out quite quickly, and 45 minutes later I appeared, saying to my wife, ‘This is actually rather good." (Garth)

"There’s an awful lot of new Douglas stuff. There’s some wonderful inventions – characters and creatures and devices. I don’t think we’ve put anything in. Karey’s main role has been ordering and editing and making sense of it. We never once had to invent something."

About h2g2 : "both Nick and I were fans when we were younger."

Budget "It’s a very, very decent amount of money to make this film but it’s not necessarily up there with the Harry Potters and the Batmans and things like that' (Nick)

Character's design : "All our thoughts as far as designs of characters go, we always go to the book, go to Douglas for reference. We read a lot of the descriptions and also the ethos behind some of them" (nick)

DVD : "I don’t think there’s ever been a film more suited to the DVD format"(garth)

Their hope : “The most important thing for us is that we’ve captured the spirit of the work, that we’ve captured what made it so special to all of us. And that they just enjoy it. We hope it’s a really great film for everybody. Is that too little an answer for such a big question?” (garth)

You can also read a slightly different script on h2g2 : : CLICK HERE !!

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