Armie Hammer Interview For ‘Mirror Mirror’
‘Mirror Mirror’ is a re-imagining of the classic “Snow White” fairy tale starring Oscar winner Julia Roberts as the Queen, Lily Collins (The Blind Side) as Snow White, Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as Prince Alcott, Sean Bean (The Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) as the King, and Nathan Lane (The Lion King, The Birdcage) as the Queen’s hapless and bungling servant, Brighton. An evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright in a spirited adventure comedy filled with jealousy, romance and betrayal.
Director Tarsem Singh (Immortals) rewrites fairy tale history as a wicked enchantress (Julia Roberts) schemes and scrambles for control of a spirited orphan’s (Lily Collins) throne and the attention of a charming prince (Armie Hammer). When Snow White’s beauty wins the heart of the prince that she desperately pursues, the Queen banishes her to the forest, where a ravening man-eating beast hungrily awaits. Rescued by a band of diminutive highway robbers, Snow White grows into an indomitable young woman determined to take back her realm from the treacherous Queen. ‘Mirror Mirror’ is set for release March 30th in the US and April 2nd in the UK. Look out for a more in-depth interview with Armie Hammer closer to the films release date.
‘Mirror Mirror’ has its own twist on this enduring fairy tale….
Armie Hammer: Yeah. This Snow White story specifically, it’s different from the fairy tale, but it also has a lot of the same elements. You have the coming of age aspect, you have the finding your own sense of self worth….all of those things that were in Snow White, they’re here in ‘Mirror Mirror.’ But then there’s also a new take on it, where it’s the same story but processed through the mind of Tarsem Singh. It’s really a beautiful tale of finding courage, finding love, finding your place in this world. It’s really a cool story and it’s infused with some great humour.
Prince Alcott and Snow White have a sort of kindred spirit?
Armie Hammer: Definitely. The first time that the Prince sees Snow White, I think it was recognising a kindred spirit of someone who doesn’t quite know their place in the world, but knows that they should have a place, or is fighting for a place, but they haven’t quite earned it yet. I think they recognise a bit of that in each other.
The Queen gets more than she’s bargained for when she poisons you with “Puppy love”?
Armie Hammer: (Laughs) The Queen poisons me with “Puppy Love”, it’s a love potion that has gone awry, essentially. She thought, “Oh great, I’m going to give him a love potion and then he’s going to fall in love with me,” not, “Oh great, I’m going to give him a love potion and he’s going to roll around on the floor and scratch his back.” That was funny, I get turned into a giant puppy (laughs).
The Queen’s wedding doesn’t exactly go to plan for her either?
Armie Hammer: It’s a huge, lavish wedding, all the gentry are there. And then in the middle of the wedding, when we’re about to actually get into the ceremony, the wedding gets crashed by the seven dwarves and they rob everybody, leave them in their underwear, and kidnap me. So I’m back in the woods with these guys, still suffering from the potion.
Working on a film like this, I can imagine part of the joy is the training you get to do? With the horse riding training, sword training.…
Armie Hammer: Horseback riding, that was one of my favourite things that I got to do on this movie, along with the sword work, the sword-fighting training – which was so much fun! How many people can say, “If you put a sword in my hand, I actually know what I’m doing,” not many, so that’s kind of cool (laughs). But I really enjoyed riding the horses, which we done on a sound-stage. They full galloped around a sound-stage, which looks like a forest. They were huge, so we were told, “Start right on this path, don’t step over here or the horse will fall over. Don’t step over here, that’s ice over there, they’ll slip.” It felt like how I would imagine it to be riding a horse on the top of a mountain. That was a lot of fun.
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