Sam Claflin Interview For ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’
In the epic action-adventure ‘Snow White and the Huntsman,’ Kristen Stewart (Twilight) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Oscar-winner Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, The Avengers) who was dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power. Directed by acclaimed commercial director and state-of-the-art visualist, Rupert Sanders, ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin, Noah Huntley, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Steven Graham, and Nick Frost. The film arrives in cinemas June 1st.
This classic tale has had many incarnations, but how would you describe this particular Snow White story?
Sam Claflin: It’s a dark, Gothic re-telling of a classic tale. What Rupert Sanders has done is reinvent and rediscover these classic characters and flip them upside-down with ‘Snow White and the Huntsman.’ He’s changed them so that we have a more physical and aggressive Snow White, an even more evil, Evil Queen. A rugged, but down to earth, gritty Prince. Its got the dark and light shades. It’s very unique and original I think.
Your character is probably the most different to what people would expect from the traditional story….
Sam Claflin: Yeah. I think that was what I really enjoyed about the project the most, about the whole filming process, developing this character, Prince William, that wasn’t the norm. Kind of exploring the darker shades of a Prince, a guy who one day will have to lead an army into battle. In time he’s going to be the man to turn to, so he needs to have some sort of backbone. It was a discussion me and Rupert had, to really develop Prince William.
How did you find it working alongside Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth?
Sam Claflin: Kristen is pretty damn glamorous. And do you know what? I’ve never grown such a soft spot for someone so quickly as I did with Kristen. She’s so hard working, she’s so down to earth, so grounded. And at the same time she’s so focused, she turns up to set everyday with loads of ideas of how we can do this and how we can do that. It was a true pleasure to work with her. I only hope I get to do it again really.
Chris Hemsworth is like my bromance (laughs). Seriously, I think I really inherited one of my best friends now. He doesn’t know this yet, but I’m going to stalk him if he doesn’t (laughs). But really, he is, like Kristen, down to earth, grounded, he’s up for getting his hands dirty and mucking in with everyone. His sense of humour is fantastic, I think we’re on the same page with that. I do just genuinely believe Chris Hemsworth is a 6 ft 3, more muscular version of me. And more handsome, but I try (laughs).
What was your experience like working with director Rupert Sanders?
Sam Claflin: I’ve never felt more comfortable with a director. From the first moment I met him, he was the one who sold the project to me. Not the script, not the anything, it was talking to him and talking about his ideas. Also, him showing me clips of ideas and visions he had about certain scenes and certain aspects of the film. He quite literally blew my mind. Having the potential of working with someone who’s just getting going, I kind of felt like in a similar position. This is only my second feature film, so for me to feel like I’m on the same wave length as a director, it felt so fresh. Everyday with him I saw something new, and oh my god, I swear, he’s going to be huge (laughs).
I can imagine working with the bow and arrow was a challenge?
Sam Claflin: I’d say the bow and arrow was the biggest challenge of the job for me. I had never really used a bow and arrow before other than when I was a cub scout, which is a fare few years ago, as you can imagine (laugsh). It wasn’t a skill I had already honed, so especially with the close combat, that was difficult to fit in, doing it correctly, with the right action, the right form. It was tough, but a lot of fun.
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