The Mortal Instruments Cast Interview
The Mortal Instruments Cast Interview
Jamie, you've said in interviews before that the fans weren't responding to you well. Do you feel that's changed now, the closer you've got to the release of the movie?

Jamie Campbell Bower

I think upon being cast I was very aware of the negative reaction from the fans. I think I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't aware of that. That reaction was based on image and image / looks alone and that was two and a half years ago. As an actor and as a performer, I'm very much aware of the fact that my job is to change both physically and emotionally and that was what hurt the most - the fact that people were judging me based on nothing. I've been told not to swear but... It's fine and I get it.

Sometimes, particularly with things like social media, or particularly with something like the Internet, there is no brain to hand co-ordination. People don't think. It's like this continuous diarrhoea. People don't really understand that that affects people. I think particularly now and I think what is happening in recent history should show the fact, particularly with young people, that that is not acceptable. I just don't think that that's acceptable in any way, shape or form. I'm not saying that it affected me in such a way. It hasn't. It affected me, for sure, somewhat. But not too much.

Have I seen the reaction change? Yeah, I think so. It's always hard for anyone in our position, as an actor I suppose, to receive praise because I think naturally as people we are quite self-deprecating and we do what we do because I think sometimes we're looking for recognition in some way, shape or form. So, I have seen a reaction.[linebreal]
I was very fortunate enough to receive a book that had been made by the fans that came together and that is something that I look at every day and that I'm very grateful for. I carry it with me, it's in my bag, and it's this book of all these pictures that support Jamie as Jace around the world. I feel incredibly honoured to have that. But if there's one thing that someone could take from this answer, or this monologue, is that next time before you judge anyone, just think, just use your brain. Don't be an idiot. It's annoying.
How did you find working with CGI?

Lily Collins

The great thing about Harald and what stuck out from my first meeting with him was that it wasn't a movie about CGI or green screen. It was character and emotion. You could wipe away all the other stuff and you'd get the same storyline. It was just as strong. The other stuff was like icing on top.

The two things that stick out the most CGI-wise was the scene where I stop the demons and they all freeze in time. Robert and I and a couple of others were bouncing underneath tennis balls on sticks - very strange, fighting for our lives. He [Robert] kept drawing pictures on them to make us laugh. After the fifth take, it's not funny anymore. We were just like, 'Can we just get this done?' It's not normal to be doing that, obviously. I don't do that in my free time.

And I guess the other scene is the dog scene, when it changes shape and comes after me and I'm setting things on fire and all of that. There was nothing to look at. Harald kept going, 'It's there [gestures movement], it's there [gestures movement in another direction].

Harald Zwart

If you lower the temperature on set and people go quieter, then you can make some huge noises and you get a natural reaction.

Jamie Campbell Bower

It sounds like he [Harald] is joking but he's deadly serious.

Lily Collins

In the part where the body parts are bulging back together on the floor, all he said to me - and it made sense when I saw the movie, which was the only time it did make sense - was, 'Okay, they're growing, they're growing, now they're merging, they're merging...' And I had this look of confusion and was like, 'What is he talking about?' It actually plays into 'Oh my God, it's merging!' [Laughs] It's impossible to describe what the CGI was because I've never seen CGI like that anyway. So, luckily it played into it.

Jamie Campbell Bower

When Eric [Chris Ratz] gets bumped into by Isabelle [Jemima West], Harald was literally standing - he was out of shot and you couldn't see him but he was there, pushing the actors.

Lily Collins

It's like you're not reacting well enough!

Robert Sheehan

If Harald ever writes a book there will be a whole chapter on how to scare an actor without using too much CGI.

Lily Collins

And you know when I put my hand through and pull out the cup? We had an amazing prop guy called Mario and every time I would go down, he was holding the card like this [holds it below her] and I would go down and every time he'd just be staring at me. It was this moment of fear and all I could see was Mario gazing up at me [makes adorable happy face]. It was just not normal. It was bizarre.

Jamie Campbell Bower

What's fascinating about this industry is that when you shoot, things are made so much more difficult than they have to be. Like, with the things they use to carve the rooms, we had battery packs that were the size of this bottle of water strapped to our backs with wires being taped down our entire arms and our backs. I went to something the other day and the merchandise is just a battery-operated small pack. I was like, 'Why didn't we have that when we were shooting?'

Robert Sheehan

That was another luxury of being a mundane. None of the Shadow Hunter technology. I wasn't laboured down with - even the witch lights - again, there were times when there was a wire going up your arms...

Lily Collins

They gave me the one that was battery operated!
If you could choose to draw a rune in real life [a conceit from the film, a bit like choosing a superpower], what would it be?

Lily Collins

I created one the other day, in my spare time. I was asked to draw one on someone and as I was drawing it, I just thought of what it meant and I said it was the rune of grace and confidence - that you always carry yourself with extra added grace and confidence and it turned out that the girl I drew it on, her name was Grace [mimics Twilight Zone theme]. I don't know - weird!

Robert Sheehan

The get up in the morning rune, to keep me awake. That's one thing that I could really do with, just getting my motor running without copious amounts of caffeine in the morning. If I could draw on myself, that would be what I'd draw. Even if I've had eight hours sleep, I'll still get up and for the first hour or two have one eye closed and nearly be hit by a bus. If I could be one of those morning people, that would be a great rune to have.
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