October 14, 2011
TheStar.com had the chance to catch up with Jamie Campbell Bower to chat about his new film, ‘Anonymous’ (also starring Eclipse’s Xavier Samuel – who played Riley).
Despite the title of his latest movie, Jamie Campbell Bower isn’t going to be Anonymous for very long. In fact you could argue that, at the tender age of 22, he’s already appeared in enough pop culture phenomena to qualify as a fledgling supernova.
He began as the juvenile lead, Anthony, in Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd, when he was only 18, then went on to roles in the Twilight series (as Caius in New Moon), the final two Harry Potter films (as Gellert Grindelwald) and Tuesday at 9 p.m., he launches the new CBC miniseries called Camelot, playing a very young King Arthur.
“I know people have a preconceived notion of the role,” he says, messing his long blond hair even further as he stretches out on a hotel room sofa during the Toronto International Film Festival.
“They’ve seen Sean Connery, Clive Owen, all those older guys. But there’s no factual evidence this guy ever existed, nobody that can be exhumed, no DNA test we can do, so why not go back and discover the core of who this person was? I mean, what’s the point of doing 10 hours of the same linear bulls–t, when you can try to offer people a three-dimensional progression?”
Bower has already learned that getting to the essence of a character is what this business is all about, at least for him.
“For me, the moments I shine as a performer are the ones where I don’t have to do anything, just be there and exist in the moment. That’s why I found working with Joely (Richardson) so intense, but beautiful.”
He and his Anonymous co-star both play younger versions in flashbacks of the film’s leading characters, Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford and Queen Elizabeth I (played later by Rhys Ifans and Vanessa Redgrave, Richardson’s mother.)
Many people will see the film as a literary whodunit, working on the hypothesis that Shakespeare was a fraud and that de Vere really wrote the plays. But during the moments when Bower and Richardson are onscreen, it’s hard to think the film is about anything other than their love.
“Elizabeth loved him because he stood up to her. She was used to everybody bowing down and licking her arse all the time. Along comes this boy who’s well-read, well-travelled, well-dressed, but he doesn’t give a toss about any of it.”
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