Bryan Singer‘s Jack the Giant Slayer is finally in UK cinemas today. It’s a well-made and handsome film, and there’s a good dose of bone-crunching castle-raiding towards that end that I look forward to seeing again.
A few weeks back, some of the film’s cast and crew were in London for a junket, and so was I. I’ve already been bringing you a lot of what Bryan Singer had to tell me.
But now, here’s some of what the film’s leading couple, Nicholas Hoult and Eleanor Tomlinson had to say.
Nicholas Hoult: It looks better that I imagined. When we were filming, my imagination was working overtime, I was looking at the those tennis balls, telling myself “Jack, there it is.” And then I saw the giants on the screen and I was like “Woah! That is really incredible” – at the subtleties in the performances of the guys playing them, at their look and how realistic they are. Yeah, its definitely very impressive, what they can do with that stuff now.
Eleanor Tomlinson: Bill Nighy was brilliant. I remember it was mothers day, and I didn’t tell him this, but I was taking my mum for a mothers day lunch with Bill Nighy. Then she told him that and made me look like an idiot. Apart from that he is the nicest man and watching him work is amazing, he is amazingly supportive as a performer, he just gives you so much to work with.
Hoult: The whole cast were really good with us on this. Obviously we’re really young to be the leads on a film of this scale.
Tomlinson: We did a good couple of weeks preparation before we started shooting. We did rock climbing, wall climbing, they had a great piece of the beanstalk in the studio that we could practice on. We did lots of horse riding training as well. We got really physically fit and Nick did some training with the stunt team, and I had a trainer too. That was part of it, being in tip top condition so we were able to take on any of the stunts our characters had to face. That was a big part of playing Isabelle – she is adventurous and throws herself at everything.
Hoult: I like the scene in the kitchen. We had a giant kitchen built and the cook giant is about to make Ewan McGregor into dinner. He’s about to turn him into a “pig in a blanket,” wrapped up in pastry and everything and my character arrives just in the nick of time.
Tomlinson: That was a fun scene. They put Ewan in dough… it was some weird sticky substance.
Hoult: They made this whole rig that he could get wrapped up in it was really fascinating. They covered him in flour and stuff.
Tomlinson: And he still looked hot!
Hoult: Plus it was the first time I got to kill a giant.
You mean slay a giant, Nicholas. Slay. Didn’t you get the memo?
Jack the Giant Slayer is in UK cinemas now. Take your small ones – and if you’re on the fence about 3D, I think the 3D here is well above average.
More on Jack, incidentally, in this week’s podcast – and more from the junket to come later.