Friday, December 16, 2011

Nick Frost Interviewed on "Snow White & The Huntsman" & Going To Dwarf School

With filming now wrapping up on Snow White & the Huntsman, British actor/writer Nick Frost was recently interviewed by Huffington Post on the various film roles he's working on and the unique challenges he's facing in each. Despite the being put through his paces with unique CG capture work and additional training to add to his already substantial skill set, according to Mr. Frost, nothing compares to preparing for Snow White And The Huntsman.

"We had to attend dwarf college for, like, two weeks before we started shooting, to learn how to move like a dwarf," Frost told The Huffington Post of the preparation for his role as Nion, one of seven warrior dwarfs. "It's very, very weird and quite tough, because you have to stick with it for the whole thing. You can't forget and suddenly start walking quickly or your arms get long. You have to stay with it all the time. It was a great shoot -- I got to hang out with Bob Hoskins for three months."
Joining Frost and Hoskins, who played the dwarf Muir, were Ian McShane, Toby Jones, Eddie Izzard, Ray Winstone, Eddie Marsan and Stephen Graham, composing quite the distinguished group of dwarf college alumni. But things didn't get much easier for the crew once they were handed their diplomas.
 Read the whole article HERE.

I do like that they made an effort with this particular attention to character detail. Dwarfism is a medical condition with a unique set of challenges for those born with it and, with the rigorous training reported for the role of Snow White's companions for this movie, I'm hopeful this has been respected and treated with sensitivity.

 One of the things I like about reading the Grimm's Little Snow White is that the dwarfs never seemed like "funny, magical fairy people" to me but just a group of down-to-earth people with similar physical challenges (symbolically the idea of dwarfs in tales was specifically to do with nature and the earth and I think I got that, even as a child). Their perspective and way of life not only provided Snow with shelter and safety as she grew up but also gave her solid roots for her future. Can you imagine if she had somehow survived growing up within in the castle? Apart from oppression and the likelihood of abuse from an 'untrue parent figure', the worst thing would be that history repeated itself and Snow White's own vanity - which gets her into trouble three times - ends up mirroring her stepmothers, continuing the cycle and very likely exacerbating it when she moves into power herself.

But back to the movie. :) I really like this new trailer they're showing, although Snow White herself remains very quiet. I'm beginning to like that too.

 The Queen, played by Charlize Theron is obviously a force to be reckoned with and is looking more and more like the Queen of my imagination, perhaps not exactly in looks but definitely in spirit. I'm actually starting to look forward to this movie.

For something fun I found this invitation to the Snow White & the Huntsman wrap party. (Found HERE.) Neat stamp, huh? I can see fans making good use of it.

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