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

     October 31, 2013


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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