Ray Winstone, Ian McShane & Nick Frost 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 is out now in the UK, it arrives in US cinemas June 1st.
You’ve got such a great bunch of actors playing the Dwarves in ‘Snow White an the Huntsman.’ How was it working with these guys? I know many of you knew each other before filming, that must have helped with the chemistry?
Ray Winstone: Oh yeah, when you’re working with Ian McShane, Johnny Harris, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Brian Gleeson, Nick Frost, all the boys, you’re gonna have fun. We know each other, and I think that really helped us gel, that camaraderie. You’ve got eight actors who are all vying for position in a way, but once we sorted all that out – we knew each others strengths and weaknesses, we took it from there. Rupert gave us free reigns a little bit as well. It was good fun, great guys.
The Dwarves bring some comic relief and naughtiness to the story, they’ve also got their own reasons to help Snow White rid the kingdom of the Queen….?
Ian McShane: They’re all very much individual characters who operate as a team. The Dwarves were gold minors, they were aristocratic in their own way until the Queen ravished the land and kicked them out of the goldmines. Now they’ve become highwaymen, petty robbers – they’re not very happy with themselves in many ways. When they’re finally convinced that Snow White is the one that will lead them out of the darkness they help her.
What was it about this particular story, this imagining of Snow White that made you want to join the project?
Nick Frost: It’s a very enduring story. But ‘Snow White and the Huntsman,’ it was different, I liked the fact that it was different. Except whenever I say to my friends or people I know that I’m doing Snow White they always go, “Which one are you?” You have to explain that it’s kind of a re-jig of it (laughs), and I like that, I think it’s a really brave thing to do. I was the last person, the last Dwarf to be cast. When I met Rupert Sanders he showed me a 10 minute short film that he made off of his own back, and that really impressed me. And then also to work with the Dwarves, such a great cast, people like Bob Hoskins, Ian McShane, Ray Winstone…
The Dwarves have some great moments with Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman as well, how was he to work with?
Nick Frost: He is just a really good bloke, you know? We had a laugh. We’d tease Chris a lot about his little food box that he’d get delivered every day. At 3 O’clock he’d have an almond and a slice of avocado, he’d get ripped quite a lot about that (laughs). But I think it’s essentially because we’re all jealous because he’s young, impossibly handsome, and has the physique of a Greek demi-god (laughs).
How was it working with director Rupert Sanders….?
Ray Winstone: He’s a genius. Coming into it you’re like, “We’re making Snow White, OK, and we’ve got eight Dwarves…..lovely.” But then when you sit down with Rupert and he shows you what he’s got in mind…..and I didn’t now if I wanted to do it or not, but you’ve only got to sit down with Rupert for 5 minutes and you’re on it. It’s like this new batch of actors and directors that are coming through, a lot of them come from commercials, they know how to sell a story in 30 seconds, but can they sell it in 2 hours? With Rupert I knew he could, it kind of gets your juices flowing working with someone like that.
How did Colleen Atwood’s handmade costumes help inform your role?
Ian McShane: Colleen Atwood’s costumes, they were fantastic. That’s half the thing too, getting the look right, it definitely helps you get into the character. You imagine the Dwarves as warriors, but she’s so smart, they’re dressed so gaudily – they obviously like themselves (laughs). They’re quite fancy with their brocades, fancy jackets, gold. They’re chic little guys!
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