Nick Frost on 'Snow White and the Huntsman,' Dwarf Camp, CGI Shrinking and Dwarf Fights with the 'Mirror, Mirror' Dwarves

Nick Frost on 'Snow White and the Huntsman,' Dwarf Camp, CGI Shrinking and Dwarf Fights with the 'Mirror, Mirror' Dwarves

Dec 15, 2011

Nick Frost, co-star of The Adventures of Tintin, told that in spite of the ongoing competition between Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Huntsman against Tarsem’s Mirror Mirror, he’s actually looking forward to the opportunity for a showdown between the cast of his film and Tarsem’s. “Actually I’m hoping we’ll get together and have like a dwarf fight with the other dwarves from the other Snow White film,” Frost said in an interview Sunday in New York. “It will be like West Side Story.”

The forthcoming adaptation, penned by Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini, stars Kristen Stewart (Twilight) as Snow White, and an impressive ensemble of British actors as her dwarves, including Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, and of course Frost. While even the title of Amini’s script suggests a different direction for the timeless story, Frost said he was drawn to the project because of another unconventional choice in Rupert Sanders as its director. “I think what interested me about Snow White was the fact that Rupert Sanders, who directs it, had never directed a feature before,” Frost explained. “That’s exciting! I mean, Jesus Christ, you’ve got a big budget – Thor’s in it, for God’s sake, and Charlize, and then you’ve got Ray and Bob and Ian. It was interesting for me to see how he would do this.”

Frost indicated that the dwarves brought some levity to the film, but said that he was excited to watch Stewart’s transformation into a more empowered Snow White. “We’ve seen ten or fifteen minutes of it on set, and it’s great,” he revealed. “It’s very gothic, and I think the dwarves try to bring a little comedy into it, and there’s heart to it, and Kristen Stewart’s great as Snow White. On the one hand, she’s fragile, and you want to kind of give her a cuddle. But on the other hand, she wears armor, and wields a sword like any warrior. I like that, and I think that’s quite unique, really, that you can do that. She can, on one hand, be one thing, and literally on the flip of a coin she can turn into this other thing. So I think it should be pretty good – I’d like to think it’s going to be pretty good, anyway.”

When asked how Sanders was handling the technical challenge of transforming full-bodied actors into pint-sized companions, Frost said that the production was employing a combination of physical choreography and computer-generated trickery. “From what I’ve been told, they’re going to use a lot of different techniques and technologies to make it believable and shrink us and stuff like that,” he said.

 “I think they’re planning on taking 13 inches out of us, out of our legs and out of our midriffs and stuff, and we also spent two weeks at dwarf camp as well, with an amazing movement coach, just learning how dwarves walk and move and sit down and shake hands and fight; it’s fine looking like a dwarf, but then you start swinging your long arms around and it breaks it, because dwarves aren’t like that. Their arms are short and they walk in a certain way, so it was quite tough keeping that all of the time too.”

The Adventures of Tintin arrives in theaters December 21, 2011. Look for Snow White and the Huntsman in 2012.

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