9 December 2007
From Bond girl to witch queen, in the upcoming $180m Golden Compass, Eva Green certainly knows how to cast a spell. In a candid interview she talks about fame, frocks and four-letter words
GASPING FOR a fag and with a little dog nibbling at her ankles, Eva Green is doing a rubbish job of promoting her new film.
‘My part is not really big, big in this one,’ the French actress says in her mellifluous but clipped English. She’s talking, distractedly, about The Golden Compass, the Hollywood blockbuster adaptation of Northern Lights, the first book in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. Green plays Serafina Pekkala, the flying witch queen who comes to the rescue of adolescent heroine Lyra Belacqua. But as Green is yet to see the film, she’s unable, or unwilling, to talk at length about it.
Lyra first encounters Serafina on page 302 of the prize-winning, 399-page book. Pullman describes her as having ‘a voice so like the high wild singing of the aurora itself that Lyra could hardly hear the sense for the sweet sound of it.’
‘Eva,’ I ask, ‘how do you “act” that?’
Green laughs and lets out a wineglass-shattering squeal. She sounds less like an aurora-aping witch-diva than that bloke out of the Darkness. ‘Of course I can’t do that,’ Green says of Serafina’s voice. ‘How can you do that? It’s all my presence and my acting,’ she purrs, sarkily, before acknowledging that, yes, however, in the film she does do a lot of flying – even though she’s no fan of heights – and can now use a bow and arrow with some aplomb. ‘I talk in like a Norwegian/Rrrrrussian accent,’ she adds, rolling her Rs Slavonically, ‘something like that.’
Is she in the film more than her character is in the book?
‘Me? No, not much!
Many thanks to Allison for sending in scans from French mag Gala in which Eva promotes Midnight Poison and talks about her beauty secrets.
Many thanks to Jess for sending in an exclusive video from Film 2007’s Making Of “Franklyn”!!! It’s mainly Ryan Phillipe being interviewed, but it’s definitely viewing to get to know more about this film!
Daniel Craig, Eva Green and others are pining for an extended version of the flick to appear on its DVD.
Also shot but not included in the theatrical release of “Compass” — and therefore available for inclusion in the extended version — is more back story relating to the love narrative between the witch Serafina and Farder Coram.
“She had a love affair 50 years ago,” explained Eva Green, who plays Serafina, “when Farder Coram was 30-something. They had a child together, but the child died, and she had to go back to her world and become queen, while he just became an old man.”
In the world of “The Golden Compass,” witches live for hundreds of years, so while Farder Coram got old, she did not. So in the scene that was shot (but not used), she doesn’t wish to remind him of their heartbreak when she visits the boat he’s on, so she turns invisible for a moment.
“He can’t see her, and it’s painful for her too,” Green said. “So when he goes up on deck, she disappears, and he can sense her, or at least he senses something, but he goes back under, and he’s very sad. It makes her cry.”
Green says she understands why the scene was cut from the film. “You can’t have everything in a movie like that,” she said. “You have to make sacrifices.” But she’s hopeful it’ll be returned to a director’s cut. “It’s such a sad story,” she said.
“There’s a lot of those little kinds of detours along the way that didn’t serve the movie or move the plot forward. There can’t be that many more versions, like the X-rated version,” Weitz joked, “but there are some aspects, like more time with the Gyptians, that can be brought out in a director’s cut. It would be fun for the readers of the books.”
Eva was Maxim’s Girlfriend of the Day this Friday, December 7th.
Doing our part to go Green.
Double-O Sexy: This exquisite French pastry may have gained notoriety in America for her part as a Bond babe in Casino Royale, but it was her floppy parts on display in The Dreamers that had us shaken and stirred. Today, she reteams with her 007 in the arctic fantasy thriller The Golden Compass. Hope she (polar) bares all again!
Le jeudi 6 décembre 2007
Le monde où vit Lyra, l’héroïne de La boussole d’or (The Golden Compass en version originale anglaise) de Chris Weitz, à l’affiche vendredi, est habité par plusieurs espèces non humaines, mais très pensantes dont les sorcières.
Et parmi les sorcières, la reine du clan du lac Enara, Serafina Pekkala. «Ce n’est pas une sorcière traditionnelle. Elle est très belle, très maternelle envers Lyra. Une sorcière blanche, je dirais», raconte Eva Green, qui se glisse ainsi dans la peau d’un personnage «presque immortel, indépendant, qui ne croit pas aux doctrines des hommes, est très près de la nature mais qui est trop mystique pour me ressembler vraiment!»
CanWest News Service
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Eva Green figures it must be easier to be a real witch than a make-believe one. At least, she says she’d be able to control her broomstick and not cope with invisible wires.
In The Golden Compass, the dark-eyed beauty plays Serafina Pekkala, queen of a witch clan and an ally of the film’s beleaguered child heroine, Lyra. Green likes her character, but found many of the shooting days painful because she spent so much of the time “flying” through the air.
“It was not special effects,” she says firmly. “I was really in the air, suspended on wires, and I had to land very sharply.
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Actress EVA GREEN has dismissed criticism her new movie THE GOLDEN COMPASS is an attack on Catholicism as a “fuss about nothing”.
The Casino Royale star insists author Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials literary trilogy, of which The Golden Compass is the first book, is morally sound, despite its thinly-veiled critique of the Roman Catholic church.
She says, “I am amazed people are so bored. They are making a fuss about nothing.
“In past regimes in Russia and China, everyone controlled beliefs. This is more about free will, freedom of speech and fate. Although the story evolves a lot. It is very religious in the third book.” The anti-religious content has reportedly been toned down in the film version of The Golden Compass on the orders of studio executives at New Line cinema, who feared a backlash in America.
The film’s star Nicole Kidman was also said to be concerned over perceived anti-Catholic sentiment in the original story.
Thanks to my friend Mina for letting me know that our Eva is gracing the cover of the December issue of Belgian Elle. As you can see, the photoshoot isn’t new. It was first published by Elle France last year. But it’s a beautiful one, and the interview is brand new. I’ll be adding the scans as soon as Mina emails me them.
If you have scans to contribute or other magazine alerts, please let us know! Eva fans from all over the world will appreciate.
New interview (in French) with Eva and Daniel Craig on 20minutes.fr. It’s an excerpt from the “Golden Compass” press conference.
Here’s my translation (you can find the French interview at the bottom):
After “Casino Royale”, Eva Green and Daniel Craig meet again in “The Golden Compass”.
There you are reunited again in a same film after “Casino Royale”. Did you do it on purpose?
DC: No! Chance took good care of it.
EG: It’s pure coincidence, even if I was happy to meet Daniel between takes.
… and Eva ranked at #6. Above Keira Knightley and Scarlett Johansson!
Thanks to Lola for the heads.up.
ContactMusic did us a favor of misquoting Eva and quoting her as saying: “My fans anger me.”
If you read the recent Vogue interview, you’d know that she wasn’t referring to her fans, but to being associated to a Bond girl image, because some people still seem to think that Bond girl should only talk about beauty stuff and act like bimbos. Read the entire interview and see in what context she said that she gets very angry.
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Tons of new photos from the NYC premiere and new calendar page by mata!!!
PS: Still lots of other things to come…