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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian – William Moseley and Skandar Keynes interview

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Interview by Rob Carnevale

WILLIAM Moseley (pictured) and Skandar Keynes talk about reprising their roles in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, the sequel to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and why it was much more physically challenging this time around…

Q. How did it feel to go back to Narnia?
William Moseley: It was fantastic. We knew it would be a different film this time, a different shoot and more evolved. So, I think on every level we were very lucky that we had the same cast and crew come back because everybody knew what they wanted to achieve. They just wanted to achieve more and I think that’s really happened on the screen.

Q. What were the challenges this time around?
Skandar Keynes: One of the biggest challenges was sort of the step up in the physical aspect of the shoot. I was quite unfortunate because in one of my stunts I was running and jumping off this rock and landing on a horse. But one time, at the very beginning of all this action, I missed the horse [laughs], so I had a busted heel. It wasn’t in a cast but it was really badly bruised and any time you put any weight on it, it hurt. So I had to do the rest of the battle sort of doped up on painkillers, which proved very problematic. It made it really difficult and made more of a challenge something that was already not a piece of cake.

Q. It didn’t dampen your enthusiasm for doing your own stunts, though?
Skandar Keynes: No, no, no. I still did it. After that, I literally did it again!

Q. And William, I imagine you pushed yourself physically, especially when it came to your big sword fight?
William Moseley: Yeah, I had an awesome sword fight [in the film]. I trained for three and a half months in New York prior to shooting. I was then running eight miles every other day and sort of doing everything I could to make it easier for myself on the day because I really wanted to do all my own stunts. I didn’t want a stunt double being there… even dressed up. I wanted to do all of it. At one point, before the sword fight, there was a stunt where I had to chase a galloping horse, grab hold of the saddle, flying kick a soldier coming towards me and then flip on the back of the horse and then ride out of the castle. It was one of those surreal moments where you literally are that character in the film and you forget about everything else. But it was definitely a little bit nerve-wracking, that’s for sure.

Q. I understand that [co-star and villain] Sergio Castellitto didn’t go easy on you during the sword fight either?
William Moseley: Sergio did not go lightly on me! I remember at first meeting this small Italian man and I didn’t realise how good of an actor he actually is. So when it came to shooting the one to one fight sequence he was meant to just hit me with the shield and I’d take a sword blow, or rather block it. Now, what actually happened was that he was full-on improvising the sword fight. He was firing towards me, stabbing at me, I was blocking as fast as I could and shaking, but he was giving me the eyes and infuriating me. He was furious and I really couldn’t focus on anything else but the fight at the time. So, when Andrew called “cut” and said: “That was really good but can we do one more…” I was like: “That wasn’t acting! That was real! That was a real fight! I could’ve actually died so maybe we should tone it down next time!” [Laughs] But I really learned an incredible amount of respect for Sergio and went back and watched a lot of his films after having that fight scene.

Q. How has life changed for you both since the first film, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe?
Skandar Keynes: I wouldn’t really say that it’s dramatically changed.

William Moseley: Really? What did we do yesterday?

Skandar Keynes: Well, we do have random moments in our life where we take private jets around! [Laughs]

William Moseley: It was my first time in a private jet. Andrew [Adamson director] gets a private jet in his contract. But honestly, it was as good as it sounds… unbelievable. We went from Prague to London.

Q. But do you find yourself being recognised a lot?
Skandar Keynes: Not really. I kind of feel that once we’re back in London and back in regular life, I just sort of get the bus and very occasionally this whole other role slips into my home life. Randomly people recognise me but even then it’s very minor. It’s not as if my life has been turned on its head and I can’t walk down the street unless I’m wearing dark sunglasses and a ninja kit.

William Moseley: You also have to remember that we don’t walk around in our costumes. So people just don’t recognise us. We just look like another 21-year-old or another nine-year-old school child [nods to Skandar and laughs].

Q. Prince Caspian marks the end of the line for you, doesn’t it William… unless various internet sources know differently as they credit you with being in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader?
William Moseley: IMDB is ridiculous… First of all, they had me down as my height being 5ft 7ins. I’m 5ft 10ins. But now they’ve got me down as 6ft 1ins and three quarters. They also have me down as doing Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I wish they had me down as doing Francis Ford Coppola’s next film. That would be a great rumour. But Voyage is not happening for me, no. And Andrew is not directing.

Q. So, are you sad to be leaving?
William Moseley: I am sad to leave it. It’s a bittersweet feeling because this has been a part of my life for six years – from the age of 15 to 21. For anybody that’s a big growing up phase, especially in the unique experience of Narnia. But I feel honoured to have been a part of it but the tools I learned from Narnia I’m now taking forward to my next project. I really feel that if I did another [Narnia] film I’d just be repeating myself and I don’t really want to do that as an actor. So, I’m ready for the challenge ahead.

Q. What is your next project?
William Moseley: It’s called Iron Clad and it’s about the Magna Carta and it’s going to be shot in Berlin for about three and a half months. Richard Attenborough is going to be in it, which is cool, and Bob Hoskins, Paul Giamatti and James Purefoy, who takes the lead.

Q. And how do you feel about appearing in the next Narnia film, Dawn Treader, as the emphasis shifts more to your character, Edmund?
Skandar Keynes: Well, I want to do what William’s doing instead [laughs]. No, no, no it’s going to be really great going back and seeing everyone again. I think it’s going to be a completely different experience because we have a different director [Michael Apted] and that means a whole new crew and different actors. There was one point in the second film where we thought, well, it’s one thing to have new people come on and the more the merrier, but now there’s going to be a completely different set of ideas as people go away. With that in mind, I think it’s going to be weird but at the end of the day it should be a great experience and hopefully I’ll make the most of it.

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  1. These people are hillarious- espicially Wills at that moment of time.

    Mona    Jul 2    #
  2. Hi’ya!

    OMG! this article about Skandar ♥ and Will, is soo good!
    good job guys!
    Okay, anyway
    skandar is the best, is soo funny, handsome, hillarious, is PERFECT!

    see’ya guys, many kisses


    perlaah!    Jul 3    #
  3. i love skandar keynes!!! =)

    nicole    Jul 4    #
  4. Can’t wait for Iron Clad!!!

    Grace    Jul 5    #
  5. hey! Its really funny!!! Love it!

    stephanie    Jul 8    #
  6. That was a really great interview. I am surprised that nobody really recognises skandar, I mean who wouldn’t recognise Skandar. He is sooooooo cute. If I lived in London I would be trying to find him.

    morgan    Jul 9    #
  7. I'm surprised that they aren't that popular!!.
    All of them are cool!…It feels bad that Will won't be there!…But we have got Skandar!…so I guess its gunna be great!
    Anyways…bye ya’ll!

    ainee    Jul 10    #
  8. omg I love love love Skandar Keynes and i even liked him in lww BIG fan ha ha

    Rachel    Jul 10    #
  9. Man, I am totally in love with Skandar Keynes. I can't wait till the third movie comes out because he will have a big part in it. But it will be sad that Will is going.

    ashley    Jul 11    #
  10. omg they dont get recognized ! gosh i am gonna move 2 london and b their stalkers i could get photos of them asleep! TO LONDON!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

    chelsey    Jul 17    #
  11. OMG!!!!! Skandar is the love of my life! Ya, even in lww, even though now he grew up SO much and he is SO CUTE!!!!! I know EVERYTHING there is to know about him, and I’ve seen ALL the pictures!!! He is so HOT! And I have to admit that Will isn’t that bad looking, either! ;) I’m getting married to Skandar, though! Just call me, “Jenna Keynes!!!!!” =) ;) And you’re right, chelsey, and could you give me those pictures, plz?

    Jenna    Jul 24    #