Snow White and the Huntsman Interview
Snow White and the Huntsman Interview

Charlize Theron

I love that. I am going to be referred to from now on forever as that. I think that you have to trust your director because at the end of the day, that tone is up to what the filmmaker wants to do and how he wants to tell the narrative. In the initial meetings for me, it’s about trying to understand what kind of film my director is trying to make and if I can service that. I don’t know how to work not having a foundation of something that’s based in reality, I need that as an anchor and I think if you have that you can go big and you can go loud because you always have that as the foundation, it’s always there at the core and it sets things up.

I think it’s when you haven’t set up circumstances for your character in order to explain why they are the way they are, then you’re going to run into trouble where it’s always going to feel a bit mechanical. So I try to always work from a place of real, and if I have that place of real then I feel you can push the envelope a bit.

It’s tricky, it’s definitely a fine line because it can either be fucking amazing or horrible. And the thing is this is one of those showy characters where every scene could go so many different ways in reality, and we did try that a lot. And this guy did a great job because he went into the editing room and found the pace of the character and really figured out what worked and what didn’t work.

Rupert Sanders

I think with those archetypes you’re expecting something big. We kept saying, this is a fairy tale, you can go a bit more than you would in a kitchen sink drama. I think she did an amazing job of grounding it in reality and then having those moments where it can pop up, which is great.
Kristen, which side of Snow White – the tougher side or the more vulnerable side – did you enjoy playing most and which do you identify with most?

Kristen Stewart

It’s a tough one, because nothing’s that simple. Every time Snow White has to get up and do something active and not be crippled by fear and turn it into this really forward-moving thing, I think, I’m into that, that’s one of the things that I wanted to do was see how far I could push myself. The reason they hire these big burly dudes to be in these movies is because it’s hard.

Sam Claflin

Was that the only reason I got the job? [Laughing] It’s actually quite daunting - the first thing they said was “Sam, go to the gym.”
Rupert, what drove your decision to use CG enhanced actors to play the dwarfs?

Rupert Sanders

We didn’t really CG enhance them that much. It was really very important for me to keep the performance and the person together, I didn’t want to have little people carrying around Ray Winstone’s face because then it’s only a quarter of his performance. I chose those guys because they’re the best at what they do, at creating those incredible characters, so it’s really a decision that came from who are the people and who’s best to play them, and it’s surprising when you first see them and they’re damn funny and they’ve got big hearts. They’re big tough guys with big hearts who love each other and that’s a really nice part of the film.
There’s a lot of sexual tension in the film but there are only two kisses, one of them dead and one of them fake. Was the idea to leave the audience wanting more?

Charlize Theron

Actually, we all made out with each other, because you were me when you kissed her so I was making out with Kristen through your mouth.

Sam Claflin

That was the best day of my life.

Charlize Theron

How was I, Kristen?

Kristen Stewart

Uhhhhhh …

Chris Hemsworth

You were great. I actually kissed her right after you kissed her.

Charlize Theron

Are you kidding me? These are professionals.
Chris, you’ve got a Scottish accent throughout the whole film, was that hard?

Chris Hemsworth

Yeah it was. We talked about a few different sounds and the biggest thing was, I didn’t want to do an English or mid-Atlantic thing, it was too close to Thor, and we had the advantage of it being a fictional world. So that was where we landed, and it was just the warmth of a Scottish accent, non-specific, but it was. I find it’s a bit like a costume, sometimes you put a costume on and you find something you can grab onto, like, ‘Okay this is who it is,’ and then it kind of took on a life of its own. I love the music of it, the earthy sound of the Scottish accent, and he was a man of the woods, so it was fitting.

Kristen Stewart

And he’s like transient. And he’s so not like us, if he sounded just like us it would be like, whoa, who is this guy, you know?

Chris Hemsworth

He’s an outsider, so it’s different.

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