Asa Butterfield Talks ENDER’S GAME, Fan Reaction, Working Opposite Harrison Ford, and More

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Ender’s Game success ultimately rests on the shoulders of Asa Butterfield (Hugo). Butterfield stars as Ender, a genius sixteen year old, who is enlisted into a program designed to train youths in a war between humanity and a hostile alien race.  Of course, not everything is as it seems – and just what is being fought for and who is in the right may not be so black & white.  As the titular character, Butterfield ably portrays a young man struggling to define himself be it via the violent sociopathy of his brother or the compassionate righteousness of his sister.  It’s a striking performance – in that even when millions of dollars of spectacle are unfolding on the screen, they don’t hold a candle to a simple single of the young actor.

In the following interview with Asa Butterfield, he discusses shooting Ender’s Game on a NASA facility, fan reaction to his casting and the tricks of the trade he’s learned from Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley. For the full interview, hit the jump.

Asa Butterfield:

  • How familiar was Butterfield with the novel Ender’s Game?
  • What has the fan reaction been like to Butterfield’s casting in the film?
  • What was it like shooting the film on a NASA facility in New Orleans?
  • How much preparation goes into performing the stunts for the film?
  • What was the auditioning process like on the film?
  • What are the secrets to nailing down an American accent?
  • How did you go about crafting such a complicated character like Ender?
  • What sort of tricks of the trade have you been able to pick up having worked with such esteemed actors as Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley?
  • What future projects does Asa Butterfield have coming up?


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  • Jay

    Make your T’s into D’s and pronounce the R’s. So, England’s ‘Better’ or ‘Behttah’, becomes Behdder in American. Right? I’m fascinated by accents, especially British ones.

  • Jay

    Make your T’s into D’s and pronounce the R’s. So, England’s ‘Better’ or ‘Behttah’, becomes Behdder in American. Right? I’m fascinated by accents, especially British ones.

    • enderandrew

      There is no singular Brittish accent. There isn’t even one singular English accent. There are a huge collection of accepts within the UK. If you’ve seen Doctor Who with David Tennant, there is a British actor faking a British accent to cover up a different British accent (Scottish).

      I think where many people screw up attempting fake British accents is they pull portions from different British accents.

  • chosen1

    I’m an absolute fan of the Harry Potter franchise, but I can’t help but think how incredible he would be as the boy who lived.

    • Norrtron

      Radcliff sucked in the first few movies, but he finally figured it out!

      • enderandrew

        I don’t think it is fair to say he sucked early. I think that each movie got progressively better in that all the actors built upon chemistry that grew over the years.

      • Norrtron

        No, he sucked. He admits it too. Emma Watson and Rubert Grint were fine in the first couple movies, but Radcliff was painful to watch.

  • Chris

    Ender really is a great sci-fi movie. It is NOT a popcorn flick but if you love straight sci-fi you have to watch this one! I loved it. Saw it last week in Germany.

    • enderandrew

      I still can’t get over how much they’re killing the emotional impact of the book with kids that are so much older (not to mention cut content/plotlines from the book). I’m still paying to see it in IMAX, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to overcome inherit disappointment.

  • Alex Hajna

    Is it just me, or does he sound almost exactly like Tom Felton?

    • eternalozzie

      Asa’s voice is a lot deeper than Tom’s

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