Q: In one of the interviews you did you said that Angelina was a better prankster than you. Was there any pranking going on on set?
SC: Yeah, there was a lot. I sometimes would improvise my dialog in the form as I sort of have been known to do. So I pretended that I’d heard a noise in the bush. Now while the cameras filming ’cause this particular prank was trying to get something with her that was sort of for the record on camera. So trying to prank her on camera. So I heard a noise (and) I suddenly said to her, like, “Do you hear something?” You know, and she sort of looked at me but now she’s got to keep playing on. She’s like, “Oh, what’s he doing,” you know, but she’s got to keep on. And so I run off and I go behind the bush and I’m diving down and finding things. I come up with the raven….. As if the raven had been following her. I’m, “I got him!” And the whole crew laughed and I thought I was very clever and very funny. The next day, so we wrapped that night, we finished shooting at nine thirty in the evening. The next morning I get to my trailer…. I think six o’clock or something like that. I open my trailer, I’m all tired and I just like can’t wait to just get into the trailer and there’s these two huge real ravens in my trailer. They literally looked at me, kind of went [SCREECH] I was literally too scared to go into my trailer. It took, like, half an hour before the guy could come and remove them — ravens are intimidating birds! Anyway, yeah.
Q : How did you step into the role of your character?
SC: The thing for me, you know, I’ve said sort of before that I really don’t enjoy playing villains. Like, I find it quite, quite unpleasant in some ways. My way in with Stefan was to take a very, sort of, male trait, which is most men have sort of ambition, they want to kind of be the king of their castle. In this case he literally does become the king of his castle. For me, Stefan was kind of, because in a form that’s sort of very female-centric if you will, I felt like there was a chance to almost play like a male, a cautionary tale for men with Stefan, of what happens your sort of male drive and ego and ambition get carried away with itself. And in this case, worst case scenario, he’s prepared to betray his true love to become king.
In smaller ways you see that all the time. You see men — very successful, very wealthy man — whose families are in complete disarray. They don’t spend time with their wives anymore. They don’t spend time with their kids. Their sort of ambition has sort of become their obsession. That was kind of for me the, the interesting part about playing.
Q: Do you have a favorite scene in the movie?
SC: A favorite scene? No, not really. There was a lot of scenes that I liked. I really enjoyed all the stuff with the pixies. I love comedy and so that was what’s always fun for me to watch the comic relief characters in a movie. But I think there’s a lot of really, really cool scenes in the film, you know.
Q: How much training did you have to do for all the fighting you did in the film?
SC: I mean, I didn’t do, for example, as much in this as I did with, with Elysium. You always have to, you know, when you do something like this you have to be ready for — it was one of my biggest surprises going into acting and then getting into action films. You really just have to keep yourself conditioned, almost like an athlete does. Just general, all around conditioning just for the, kind of, repetitive nature of it.
The scenes, for example, in this film, what is actually the hardest is you end up in Pinewood Studios, the sound stages, and everything’s relatively luxurious around you and then all of a sudden you find yourself in a stage where there’s not good air con systems and you’re burning. You know, for the, we had real fire in there all the time because of the dragon. And so the oxygen would just be, there wasn’t enough oxygen. And people constantly having to go out to just try and get enough air. And you come back again and you’re trying to go, so.
I found myself almost passing out two or three times in the action sequences just from, really just, just lack of oxygen. So it’s quite, it’s quite interesting. It’s quite challenging physically and mentally sometimes on this stuff. But it’s enjoyable. It helps for the character for me, you know.
Q: You had a lot of emotion and power in your role. How did you prepare for your character?
SC:I can’t go through my experience because I do characters. I really just feel like I — it is a little crazy I suppose. I do feel like I become somebody else and, and in the rare occasions where I’ll be doing a take where that slips and I suddenly feel like myself again and I’ll actually stop and go like, “Okay guys, hang on.” You know, and go again. When I’m preparing is really just understanding what the deepest truth that I can find in humanity or in human archetypes within, within human behavior. Then once I know what that is, so for example, I can relate to ambitious men. I’m an ambitious person in my life. And it’s like, okay, so I know what that is. You know, I have certain alpha male type tendencies. I’m quite a dominant guy. So if I take that and just do that in its extreme form. If you just, if it’s possible that that was completely unchecked, where would that (lead) to? And so that’s really my preparation I suppose.
Q: This film comes out right before Father’s Day. Do you have any messages that you can give dads who may want to take their little girls to see the film?
SC: Yes. Spend time with your children so you don’t end up like Stefan. I have people like, “What’s the message for my child?” I was like, “Well, the message is for you, dude. It’s, like, don’t fall off your castle.” It’s like “Well I was making money for my family.” It’s like, they didn’t want money. They wanted time with daddy. You know? And you see it all over the place. I don’t have kids yet because I was aware that I was like, I was working so hard. It was like if I want to have kids, I want to be able to spend some time with them every day. When I’m ready to do that. So, yeah. Happy Father’s Day. Definitely. It’s like it’s a lesson for your, but it’s very much for the dads, a lesson for you.
As you can tell Sharlto is just a good guy who cares deeply about his work as an actor. His performance as King Stefan will not disappoint. So keep your eyes out for him and your ear to the ground. We will definitely be hearing his name more and more.
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