The Mortal Instruments Cast Interview
The Mortal Instruments Cast Interview
Lily, you mentioned about kicking butt in the film. Did you have to do any training to get into shape for the movie, and what was the hardest thing you had to do?

Lily Collins

Yeah, we all did. Robbie did train, but not as much!

Robert Sheehan

My training was very much, 'Sleep, just have a sleep in. The rest of them are going to go and do stunt choreography, you just show up for the filming bit and put a t-shirt on'.

Lily Collins

Or take the t-shirt off.

Robert Sheehan

Exactly. That happens, ladies.

Lily Collins

I trained for three months before filming in Los Angeles, then every day before during or after work with the stunt department, as well as our physical fitness trainer. I've always been an active person, and I really enjoy getting down and bruised, I guess. With this one I had to hang with all the guys, and keep up. In heels, and a very short dress. For the guys.

Jamie Campbell Bower

Why are you two getting all sexy? For the ladies, for the lads. What do I say, dogs anyone?

Lily Collins

Everyone has to be covered.

Robert Sheehan

I was just jealous of the heels, you know.

Lily Collins

Kevin [Durand] got to wear platforms, which was pretty cool. I guess the hardest part for me, physically, was that I didn't train in the outfits except for the day before. Then I'm thrust into it with these heels and this dress. As Lily it was very awkward, but I could just pawn it off on Clary. I never twisted an ankle and I barely tripped, I just bruised a lot.
You're going to do a lot more butt-kicking in the second one...

Lily Collins

Yes, but the heels are lower.

Robert Sheehan

What's the vitamin that stops you bruising?

Lily Collins

Arnica, I take it every day. It doesn't make a difference.

Robert Sheehan

You're like porcelain.

Lily Collins

That's a better word than pale, thank you.
Jamie, I interviewed you some years ago when you were doing a TV series called The Prisoner. You said, perhaps jokingly, that you'd always have some kind of body art, a tattoo, to mark each of your projects. I wondered if that's still true, and if you had anything to mark the filming of this movie?

Jamie Campbell Bower

I was meant to go in today but the tattoo parlour round the corner is closed today. It's where I get most of my stuff done. I'm getting, 'I am after all what you made me', which is a quote from one of the later books, with two roses on my back. Recently I got a skull and a cross on my arm, and the back of my legs are all done, so yeah.

Harald Zwart

And we need to cover it all up every day when we shoot.

Jamie Campbell Bower

I'm sitting in there for like, five hours, six hours.

Lily Collins

And yet you've gotten five since the last movie!

Jamie Campbell Bower

I've got a conversation going on with Gersha [Phillips], our costume designer, so I think it'll be long sleeves from now on.
Was it hard to cover it up for each day?

Jamie Campbell Bower

Yeah, it took about four hours to cover up, then to put on the tattoos over the top.
Why didn't you just get the tattoos done?

Lily Collins

That's what Kevin said. Kevin said he wants to get the neck one, then just have you guys pay at the end for it to be removed.

Robert Sheehan

That's the problems with these runes, they don't stay permanent.

Jamie Campbell Bower

I quite like having them there underneath the make-up, I like to know I'm still Jamie underneath all that. That's one of the reasons I have them. So I know it's me, wherever I go I know who I am.
Jamie, you've already been involved in a big franchise and the whole media hype, I just want to know how you guys are dealing with the whole build up to the release of the movie, and the hype and expectation of the movie.

Robert Sheehan

These guys have been on a more significant promotional tour than me. I was doing a small film, so I wasn't available up until - I was at Comic Con, and then the LA press, and then Toronto. So even just that has turned me upside down. It's been fairly hysterical, there's been a feverish anticipation amongst the fans, and every time we show up to a premiere there's hundred of fans that have been there for twelve hours, camped out. It absolutely bowls me over.

I remember we were in Toronto, and we'd done some stuff. The next day we got up for morning television, and I promptly went back to bed after morning television and then got back up. Having done a premiere, the thoughts of another premiere ahead, was just.

Jamie Campbell Bower

It's a lot of work for Robbie when he does premieres, he doesn't go to bed!

Robert Sheehan

It's mustering the energy and the enthusiasm. But the thing is, once I got there, the fanaticism and the energy just coasted me a long. It was just infectious. And that was due to the fans. Everything has been, for me thankfully, adrenaline has kicked in in the key moments. Like right now, for example! It's been an absolute eye-opener.

Comic Con was my first real experience of the expectation. I'm not a very savvy social media person, I'm not on, checking the traffic. I don't really know how to use Twitter very well. So it was there that I first realised, 'Wow, the anticipation is huge', and since then it's been building and building. When we show up to premieres, at times it's like Beatlemania. We're getting out of our cars and there's hundreds of people screaming, and it's just, it's very hard to compute.

Jamie Campbell Bower

My favourite thing the other day was when we were in LA, and you went, 'I feel like the Rolling Stones'.

Lily Collins

And we heard a fan go, 'Yeah, not quite'. [Laughter]

Robert Sheehan

There were thousands of people there. That was enough for me to feel like Keith Richards.

Lily Collins

It's been really eye-opening. I was a fan, and to go to these malls and see, with every one it gets more exciting. More people, more screams, more weird anecdotes. It's very special to be there hands on, see them up close and personal. The weirdest moments for me are in Los Angeles when I go to a mall that I've shopped at since I was twelve, and now there's like, massive pictures of our faces everywhere, at my local coffee shops now there's these billboards of people wearing the t-shirts and stuff.

It's very strange, but it's really exciting. And I don't think there's any way that you can ever fully prepare. I wouldn't want to prepare for anything. I like the spontaneity of it all and I want everything to be as exciting as it should be. Because if you set an expectation either it's above or below, but if you set nothing, then it is what it is. It makes it special regardless.
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