Snow White and the Huntsman comes out tomorrow, 30th May and what feels like quite a long time ago now, I got to chat with two of the eight, yes, eight dwarves who star in the movie. Those two were Ray Winstone and Nick Frost. Today we get to hear from Ray Winstone who give his thoughts on Snow White herself, Kristen Stewart (I think Stewart fans will like what he says about her) and also what it as like being turned into a dwarf.
HeyUGuys: What was it like getting made up to become a dwarf named Gort?
Ray Winstone: It was tough. Well, I say tough, we get paid well and this is what we do and we enjoy filming. It was five hours in the chair doing all the prosthetics and make-up but you kind of learn little tricks, you have to! You see what happens when they’re finished and they’ve done it and you say ‘ you know what, it’s well worth it because these guys are so good at what they do’. My trick was to get my iPhone and listen to a book. I was listening to Nick Cave’s book where he reads it ‘The Death of Bunny Munro’ which is kind of heavy. I’d be listening to that and that way you got through it.
Do you ever fall asleep while they’re doing it?
I have done, not that often. It’s either very early in the morning or late at night so by the time you’ve had your hair and make-up done and you get back to your trailer, you’ve already done 6 or 7 hours on set before you go to work and then you sit around and that’s the tough bit as you have to keep the adrenaline going so they were long days but hopefully as you’ll see it’s worth it.
This is very different to anything you’ve done before. Is that why you wanted to do it?
I would think so. They’re still great stories, I’ve done films with great stories before but I guess some of the greatest stories you’ll ever see are old fairy stories that have meaning to them. There’s a way these stories are passed down and are messages to kids, to our kids. Don’t follow the man with the pipe down the road or he’ll take you away, don’t go into the woods because strange people hang around in the woods. Snow White is no different in a way, it’s like if you grow up and you have jealousy and you have vanity like the Queen has got, she’ll throw a darkness over the land, over your house. It’s affected by bad things in life but with a good heart you can cure that and the good heart here is Snow White. Not that I got that out of it when I was 6 years old, it seems to be something that stays with you the rest of your life, you tell your kids this every day, don’t go off with strangers.
What attracted you to this film?
It was the director, Rupert Sanders. When first thought about doing it, I said I was interested but I didn’t want to sit in a chair for 5 or 6 hours. Then I spoke to Rupert and a light bulb came on and I was taking to a man that I considered had something. It dawned on me as to what a clever man he was and he showed me the artwork and it blew my head away. Then he showed me a little piece of film that he showed me showing how he was going to shoot it and that blew my head away too! He’s a genius, a very clever man. You don’t give a first-time director a $200m film if you think you don’t think something of him. Then you find out there’s Bob [Hoskins] and there’s Ian [McShane] and I know them all, I’ve worked with all these boys before. The only one I didn’t know was Johnny but all my mates knew him and we had a common bond with boxing anyway. Then you have to decide do you want to be a part of something like this and ‘yes I do!’.
How does your dwarf ‘Gort’ differ from the other seven dwarves in the movie?
That’s a very difficult question to answer as we did talk about it. We all sat down because you have eight strong-minded actors and we all want to bring something to the table and you can get in each others way; fighting for the camera. But they’re professional enough that doesn’t happen. My way of working it out was that Ian was the ‘Don’, he’s Don Cauliflower! He’s the guvnor. In a way, he’s the one that makes that decision and Bob was his concierge who gave the wise words. I was the solider, the centurion, the one who say right, ‘you do this, you do that’. Eddie [Marsan] and Toby [Jones] were like the honey bees, the scouts who went out and found the flowers to get the honey like the guy we’re gonna go and mud and kill. Nick [Frost] was my second in command, capable, jovial but hard and then Brian [Gleeson] who is the youngest who, when we’re all dead and gone is going to be the last one left. He is the last of the mohicans in a way, he’s our son, he’s our baby. When you have something to say, you educate this kid as he’s the one who’s going to pass down the stories and play the tunes and maybe one day he will find another one of us.
I guess we all had a different way of doing it but that’s how I did it. We all came to a common ground. Rupert thought it was really important. Actors always think it’s important but Directors don’t always have the time to spend on it but he knew it was important.
What was Kristen Stewart like to work with?
She’s tremendous. She’s coming in the woods with eight hairy-ass dwarves who all know each other. From day one, she came in, was chatting with the boys, got to know us and then she quietened down and got on with her work. But she’s a ballsy little girl, I say little girl but she’s a ballsy woman! I shouldn’t think of her any other way, she’s a professional actress and a f*cking good one at that!
Snow White and the Huntsman is released across the UK 30th May