27 October 2014

Digital Spy Q&A

Digital Spy Q&A about Horns, Harry Potter legacy and more.

Would you say this is the darkest role you've played on screen, if not on stage?
Equus can probably give it a run for its money, yeah. In fact, Equus is probably just the bleakest thing I've ever done - there is not a ray of hope at the end of Equus, it's just like 'You're gonna f**k your kids up, there's nothing you can do to stop it'. That's kind of the theme that emerged after 200 performances of that play! Sorry, can I swear in this interview?

Totally fine, we can star it out.
Okay, good. But yeah, I think you're absolutely right, on film Horns is the darkest. Even if it's not as overtly 'make you jump' scary as Woman in Black was, it's sort of a general feeling of unease which is ramped up in intensity throughout. I love the darkness of the film and I think what makes it special is the fact that that is intertwined so easily with the comedy and the romance, and that the love story is what anchors it.

There's a surreal quality that links all those elements together.
Yeah, I always saw it as being proper magical realism, where there's one crazy thing that's happening and everything else around it is very grounded. I'm sure when you're sending out a script like this, you know that if someone responds to it, they're the kind of person you want to work with. I think that's what Alex [Aja, the film's director] felt when he met me, because I responded so strongly to it, and also because I talked him round!

I know he was thinking of casting someone in his late twenties, and I was 23 when I shot it, so when I met him I just said "I know you think I'm too young for this, and let me take the next hour to tell you why you're wrong!"I realise that makes me sound super pushy, which I'm not, but when there's a part in front of you that you really want, sometimes you do just have to stand up and bang on the table and draw a bit of attention to yourself. Stating your ambition goes a long way sometimes.

You're doing an American accent here, but your voice is also notably different, it sounds much deeper. Was that a conscious choice?
Not really, I think that's honestly... My voice changes anyway, according to the situation, all of ours do – when I'm on a red carpet I'll go up here [does an energetic RP voice] and I'll be incredibly posh, and when I'm relaxed I'll be talking like I am now. So there definitely wasn't a conscious choice to deepen my voice, so much as I think I wanted to make Ig sound like he's had a rough night, and he's kind of always had a rough night!

Seeing the final version on screen, was there anything that surprised you or that changed significantly from the script?
The only thing I'm really unhappy with is that in this country, we don't get to see the exploding head. There's an exploding head – I don't know if it's in the American version, I'm sure it's in the French version – and it's so good! It's the best exploding head scene since Scanners. It'll be on the DVD, but that's the one thing I'm unhappy about.

I know some people are talking about the ending saying that they didn't really get it, or think it's too crazy, but frankly my response to that is 'How would you end it?' How, after that insanity that you've just watched for two and a half hours? It seemed totally fitting to me, it's the logical conclusion to everything else that's been happening.

I know you've said you don't really keep in touch with your Potter co-stars, but did you see Emma Watson's UN speech?
Yeah. It's great, she's always been incredibly bright, so it's no surprise that she's now channeling that in areas aside from acting. We're not in much contact, but I'm very pleased. But I was thinking, I just got asked by another journalist 'Are you a feminist?' and I was just like... Is there a strange thing at the moment where you have to come out as a feminist? As I said to them, I'm egalitarian for everything so of course, yes is the answer, but there's been this flood of it. I've been asked if I'm a feminist so many times recently, and I'm just like 'Yes, yes, for god's sake yes! Is there something that I give off that says I'm not?' It's interesting.

Are you looking forward to seeing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as a fan, not having to be involved?
Yeah, it'll be slightly bizarre but it'll be great - I'm excited to see what they do with them, and I also have no idea what they're doing with them, which is exciting. It is amazing because we're three years removed from the last film coming out, and it's not that I would have expected it to die down by now, but every time I go to a premiere there's Gryffindor ties and Ravenclaw badges and stuff.
There's still such a hunger for it that I think it's kind of wonderful they're continuing to expand the world. But having said that, there's a sense of relief in just being able to sit back and watch and enjoy it with everyone else.

If you just go out in London on Halloween there are always Gryffindor and Slytherin scarfs nearby.
Oh yeah, maybe that's what I should do this year, that should be my Halloween challenge – I should go out in a mask and try to get pictures with as many Harry Potters as I can. At Comic-Con, there weren't... There might have been a couple of people in Gryffindor cloaks and stuff, but not that many, there was not a strong Harry Potter presence at Comic-Con that I saw. So come on, Potter fans!

source: digitalspy.com

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