|Prince Caspian Set Report With Skandar Keynes -
Narnia Fans & Coming Soon
Aslan's How - As we made our way past the
crew, I passed someone who I
thought for sure was Skandar Keynes (Edmund). But when I saw him later,
it turned out to be his double (they did a good job casting that part).
"Lets roll please, rolling!" K.C. Hodenfield, 1st AD, called out. "And
action!" Adamson called. All the Narnian extras - many wearing blue
pants - started cheering.
William Moseley and Skandar Keynes emerged from Aslan's How. The whole
thing would've looked very dramatic if "Eye of the Tiger" had not been
playing in the background. I couldn't help but smile at the unlikely
combination of Narnia and a hit song from the 80s. I heard that song on
the radio the other day, and I just burst out laughing. I can't hear it
without thinking about this scene. After seeing that, it'll be
interesting to finally see this scene in theaters with Harry
Gregson-Williams' music. One of the writers joked that there should be
an optional audio track on the DVD that allows you to watch the movie
with the on-set music. If that wasn't funny enough, during one of the
takes, William took out his sword and accidentally poked Skandar's leg
(hopefully it'll be on the DVD).
But anyway, in between takes, as the crew waited for the sun to return,
Ernie Malik managed to get Skandar Keynes to come over to us for a few
minutes. (Ernie was amazing at getting interviews even when everyone
was really busy). Skandar was in full armor, which looked almost
exactly like his armor from the first film, except with less chain mail
and no helmet.
what's it like to come back for a second time around?
It's been really cool. It's been really great to see everyone again and
like, reuniting the family, to be very cheesy. Yeah, it's been great
here in the middle of nowhere, it's beautiful. And what we're doing is
really cool, we're like walking out [of Aslan's How] and everyone is
[cheering]. So I'm having a good time.
Q: So in
the movie, Edmund is only a year older. But you're actually a few years
I was 12 when I started the first film and I'm 15 now. I'll be 16 at
the end of the shoot.
remember last time they had problems with you growing too
I grew 6 inches in 6 months. I felt growing pains last night actually.
costume department said they have a computer program now to determine
the patterns and how to make the costumes fit as you guys grow and keep
had the chainmail, and I kept growing. And it's precise enough that if
I grew, it would completely change underneath.
you wear chainmail in the last movie too?
I'm actually wearing a lot less now.
Q: I bet
you wish you were wearing it now after getting stabbed in the leg.
yeah, [Will] totally just stabbed my leg! He draws his sword and then
moves it back but as he moved it back it went "bang" on my leg. Just
went right on my boot!
Q: Do you
get to do more sword fighting in this movie than the first movie?
a lot more which is good and I've got to do a bit more today. And I'm
doing lots of training.
Q: How is
the castle raid, do you have a big scene in it?
was already in it. I was on days while they were on nights, so I was
kinda laughing at them (laughter). I do have a thing at the top but we
are going to do that on a stage, because it would've been dangerous to
do it [on the set] because it was so high up., and if anything had gone
wrong, I could've like…died.
they're going to save that to the very end just in case.
are your big scenes in this one?
have a scene when Will's in a fight…
(Here, Ernie whispers something in Skandar's ear, probably telling him
not to give something away) (laughter)
(cont): Um, me and Will have a lot of little
moments in this film. And then, I
have big fights, which is good, that are scattered around the film.
one of the few that gets to go on to the next movie, have you met with
Mike Apted yet?
I had dinner with him, he was very cool. It all seems good.
you drill him, test him to see if he knows his Narnia stuff?
we talked about Narnia a bit but the problem with the next film is I've
got to do my GCSEs just around the middle and if they don't let me do
them, my school won't let me come out here, so, I'll have to take like
a month off or so.
you'll go back to school and then you'll turn around and come back for
the next one?
no, I think there will be some time before they go straight ahead, they
are in pre-production now. So I'll go to school and then come back
whenever they are ready.
you talk about the unique style of the music playing while you are
shooting a scene?
we like to play Rocky or just anything that has a cool beat. It feels
so good walking down and they're all cheering…we are trying
so hard not to crack up, but it's so hard. (laughter) During the epic
battles there's a rule. When a song is played you have to wait until
the end to try and get your iPod in there.
your musical tastes that different?
we are pretty much the same, he doesn't like some of mine and I don't
like some of his so there's just minor differences… but
mostly cool. The first couple of takes I was cracking up so it wasn't
that great, but it was getting to me and it felt really cool.
that something just for this movie, Andrew just decided to use music to
get the mood out?
it was a couple of weeks ago, everyone was sitting around waiting on
the sun and we realized we could put music on so we did and now we use
you talk about working with Andrew on this one, what type of
preparation did he have you do that was different from the first film,
obviously you're older…
done lots of rehearsals and I've done more horse riding. I've done more
sword fighting and it's been a bit more intense this time.
Prague been for you?
has been great, so yeah, everything is pretty cool in Prague.
haven't told them what you have been doing with your
down in New Zealand I did a bunch of jumps. I jumped off the Nevis
which is the third highest point in the world, I did this one jump that
was nearly 400 meters in the air and I did the Shotover Canyon Swing
which is the biggest swing in the world. I jumped off the Sky Tower,
which is the highest building in the Southern Hemisphere. And I did
some jumps from a jet, so those were cool.
this driving the producers crazy?
every time…I have all the videos as well.
there a lot of sitting around waiting on the set?
that much. There could be more, but there could be less.
Q: Do you
go to do school here too?
three hours a day, I've got my GCSEs so I've got exams this week.
back for the second time, what's it like to have a lot more adults in
matured a lot more and we weren't as silly as before, we didn't mess
around as much…
a matter of opinion. (laughter)
has been really cool. We're kind of approaching it completely
differently, and a bit more professional than last time.
this film is a little bit darker than the first one?
yeah, there are some darker scenes. There are a lot of scenes that
happen at night (laughter). No, yeah, there are some darker scenes,
there are some evil people, and some evil moments.
(We hear K.C. shout "Scene coming up!")
back to work now.