With Pan now playing in theaters, I recently sat down with Garrett Hedlund for an exclusive interview. During our wide-ranging conversation he talked about what it is about Peter Pan that has fascinated generations, how the film was toned down to be a bit more family friendly, how the extensive CGI work on Tron: Legacy helped him on Pan, working with Ang Lee on Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and filming in 120 fps, the challenges of working with such new technology, the progress on Tron 3 before Disney shelved the film (says it would have blown Legacy out of the water), and so much more.
If you’re not familiar with Pan, which is a re-imagining of the classic J.M. Barrie story, the film takes an origin approach to Peter Pan, as we follow newcomer Levi Miller and other young wartime orphans being kidnapped by the men of the dreaded pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman), thus beginning a series of adventures in Neverland that shape the boy into the hero known to generations as Peter Pan. The film also stars Rooney Mara, Amanda Seyfried, Cara Delevigne, Adeel Akhtar, Jack Charles, Taejoo Na,Nonso Anozie, Kathy Burke, Kurt Egyiawan, Lewis Macdougall, and Leni Zieglmeier. For more on Pan read Adam’s review.
Here’s my interview with Garrett Hedlund:
- Talks about working with Roger Deakins.
Remembers his time of set on Tron: Legacy and how he electrocuted Daft Punk.
- What did he learn from the experience of working on Tron?
- Talks about the extensive CGI work on Tron and how it helped him on Pan.
- Why does he think the story of Peter Pan has resonated with people for generations?
- Talks about how the film was toned down to be a bit more family friendly.
- What was it like making a fantasy adventure movie made on such a massive scale?
- What has it been like working with fantastic directors he’s been able to film with in the last few years?
- Says Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is unlike anything he’s ever read and talks about working with the new technology to make a new experience for audiences.
- Says the theatrical technology has to catch up with how they filmed.
- Talks about how the frame rate will make a new viewing experience for audiences.
- What were the challenges of working with such a new technology?
- Talks about the progress on Tron 3 before Disney shelved the film. Says it would have blown Legacy out of the water.
- What’s coming up next?