Exclusive Interview: Ciaran Hinds talks JOHN CARTER OF MARS and HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS

     February 25, 2010

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Just an hour ago, I sat down with Ciaran Hinds (Rome, Munich) to talk about his great movie The Eclipse.  It’s a supernatural drama from writer-director Conor McPherson that arrives in theaters in late March.  While I’ll have my full interview with Hinds online closer to release, since we talked about two of his upcoming movies – John Carter of Mars and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – I wanted to let you watch that part of the interview today.

If you didn’t know , Hinds plays Aberforth Dumbledore in Harry Potter, and he plays one of the leaders on Mars in Andrew Stanton’s next film.  During the interview, he talked about working on Potter and how he got ready for the film (he worked for 5 days on the movie), and regarding John Carter, Hinds says he’s already filmed part of the movie but he’s got a lot of work over the next few months.  If you’re curious about either film, hit the jump:

Here’s what we talked about.  We started with Potter and then went to John Carter:

Harry Potter

  • what was the experience like on Harry Potter – says he did 5 days of work on it
  • Did he read the books before filming or watch the previous films
  • Talks about working with the rest of the cast
  • Did he have family that wanted to come to the set to watch him film

John Carter talk

  • Talks about who he plays in the film – plays Tardes Mors – the leader of one of the two warring tribes on Mars
  • Tells me how he got cast in the film and how he was a huge fan of Andrew Stanton’s work
  • Says the script is so well written – filled with energy and drive
  • Says it’s live action, CG and animation
  • Has already filmed a few days
  • Does he think the movie will push the boundaries of film like Avatar
  • Talks about a big set piece “where everyone is involved” and that will take 8 or 9 days in March, then he does two small scenes in early April, then he goes to Utah to film as that’s going to fill in for Mars

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