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by Janet Susan R. Nepales
 
 
Los Angeles — It is always a thrill to watch anything that Tim Burton does. And that includes his version of the well-loved 1941 Disney classic, “Dumbo.”

We were able to talk to the eccentric director as well as his talented and extraordinary cast composed of Colin Farrell (Holt Farrier), Eva Green (Colette Merchant), Danny DeVito (Max Medici) and Michael Keaton (V.A. Vandevere).

They shared with us their experiences creating and collaborating with the genius filmmaker and making this fantasy adventure live-action remake a reality.

Below are excerpts of our conversations with them:
*article edited to only included Eva’s part. Kindly click on source to read the full interview with Tim Burton and the rest of the Dumbo cast.*

Eva Green

When did you first see “Dumbo” and how was the experience shooting with Tim and the animals?
I saw the original movie when I was 4 or 5 years old. I have great appreciation now with the aerialists in the circus, because I am afraid of heights. So, I had to strengthen my arms and core, overcame my fear of heights. I love animals, I like the animals to be free, especially the elephants in Africa. When you see the result on screen, it’s so amazing, so realistic, the elephants. It is so sophisticated, it’s quite a wonderful job.

Did you ever go to a circus when you were a child? Which animals did you like?
It’s funny, I probably went twice as a child, and I always felt a bit sad. I don’t know what it was, there’s something, I don’t know if it was the clown or — but there was something. I don’t know, I can’t really explain it. But now, maybe it’s just seeing these wild animals in the circuses, it’s very sad. It doesn’t make sense that they are in captivity and children could feel that. I’m just very proud, as well, that Disney is taking a stand and is promoting animal-free circuses. Even zoos, we should not have wild animals in zoos. I went to Africa a few times and it’s so magical when you see those animals being free. It makes sense that they are free and not stuck in cages.

Do you see yourself as the muse of Tim Burton? You worked on several movies together. How would you describe your relationship with Tim?
I don’t know, I find the term very intimidating. I’m not sure. It’s very flattering, of course, but I’m just much honored that he’s asked for me for a third time. It’s so wonderful to be able to play characters that are so different, as well. You know, “Dark Shadows,” she was kind of a bonkers witch, a wounded witch. Then, Miss Peregrine, a woman-bird, and then here, a trapeze artist. She is a clearer character than the two others I’ve done with him. I’m just much honored that he’s given me those gifts.

What did you learn about your body being an aerialist?
It was very intense training, because I’m terrified of heights. So, it was a really big challenge. Tim asked me to do some of my own stunts, so I was like, “Okay, I’m going to try. But I can’t assure that this is going to work.” But I really tried, and I worked intensively with some circus people, like every day, two, three hours. First of all, you have to get like a really strong core, very strong arms. Then you get up there. But we went step by step, and it was amazing because I surprised myself. I thought I would never be able to do this. These people were very patient with me, and they gave me lots of confidence. I managed to take off, thanks to them.

Would you do it again?
Yeah, you know what? There’s a circus school in London, and it’s such a great workout because it’s also very playful. I love the girl, Katherine Arnold, she taught me, and she teaches over there, as well. So, definitely.
 
 
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