Lead two actors Jamie Campbell Bower and Kevin Zegers talk about their movie ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ with RedEye’s Matt Pais
MTV done an interview with Jamie Campbell Bower, he said about his Shadowhunter character, Jace Wayland. read below :
When MTV News visited the set of the urban fantasy (based on the best-selling novel by Cassandra Clare), the actor was quick to affirm that while his character is something of a jerk, it’s a role he’s relishing.
“What I love about him is the fact that he’s actually a bit of a douchebag,” Bower said during a 3 a.m. interview on the Toronto set. “He’s not like a meathead, he’s just sarcastic and rude.”
And for good reason, as fans of the series can attest. Jace has a complicated background (one we’ll leave vague to avoid spoilers), but suffice it to say, this history has gone a long way towards making him the oft-prickly character he is today. Bower commended director Harald Zwart for capturing not only Jace’s moodiness, but that of the monster-ridden world in which he and his fellow Shadowhunters exist.
“I think there is a darkness that Harald has brought to the piece that is easily lost in adaptations, particularly of YA novels,” Bower said. “And there’s a reality to it, as well, which is nice. You know, it’s very easy to go into fantasyland too quickly — he says wearing a dress, effectively. Every girl’s got to have a little black dress — that’s how I look at it.”
Of course, it takes a lot more than black garb and strategically placed runes to embody the Nephilim.
“There’s a lot of physicality to the role, as well,” Bower continued. “Which has been difficult to prepare for, absolutely, but it’s paid off, which is great. Like, not eating cookies is so hard.”
And if you have any lingering doubts as to how effectively Bower embodies the mercurial teen, well, author Cassandra Clare is happy to attest.
“Personality-wise, Jamie is exactly like Jace,” Clare said. “It’s actually like interacting with Jace, talking to him. It’s a little bit creepy.”
In an interview with MTV at WonderCon, Jamie Campbell Bower spilled that he has another role in a round case, is young Gandalf?? We think he’s so much consider in kind of Fantasy film! he might be joked but we hope to see.
“I will be playing a young Gandalf, indeed,” Jamie joked of the “Lord of the Rings” character. “That’s my next job. You can’t tell, but I’m in the process of growing out a very extensive beard.”
“What I love about the whole notion of sci-fi and fantasy is that it’s a comletely different world, but underneath everything, there’s a sort of reality that grounds it,”
“And people love to be taken out of their daily lives. I don’t want to use the word ‘mundane,’ but that sort of drudgery, sometimes. Sci-fi and fantasy offer that. It offers that of the person watching it and for me, which I love.”
Jamie Campbell Bower interview with Collider.com – watch clip below and also their transcript
Collider: How did you come to this project? Did you know anything about the book series, or did you just read the script and respond to it?
JAMIE CAMPBELL BOWER: I was in Los Angeles for pilot season and the script had been in development for awhile. They sent me through just the sides, actually, for an audition. I responded really well to the sides, and I really, really liked it. It was a real last-minute thing. I was due to leave the day after, and I did leave the day after. And then, I got a call-back for a screen test here, so upon getting the call-back for the test, I read the book. I read book 1 and 2, actually. I read book 1 quite fully, and then just went through book 2. And then, I did the test and got the role. That’s how I came to be involved in the madness.
Once you found out there were a series of books and that it could be a series of movies, did you ever have that moment of, “Oh, god, what did I get myself into?,” or were you already sold on it by then?
BOWER: I suppose that I focused on it as a one-by-one thing. Until we’re making movie 2 and until we’re making movie 3, we’re not in production for them. People ask, “Did you go through the subsequent books while you were shooting #1?,” and no is the answer. Yes, it’s great to have those there, but at the time we were shooting movie 1, I didn’t want to really cloud my vision of what movie 1 and book 1 is about.
Online interview plus screen capture while Jamie and Lily and Robert talking about ‘Mortal Instruments’ story