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.” Read the rest HERE!
MTV News named “The New Class” of young Hollywood and Twilight’s Jamie Campbell Bower (Caius) was named “The Next Johnny Depp”!
All week long, MTV will be releasing the rest of the names in “The New Class”. Check out the press release below for more info AND for an MTV exclusive interview with Jamie!
Here’s Jamie’s interview:
New York, NY – September 26, 2011 – MTV News <http://www.mtvnews.com/> is taking Young Hollywood back to High School with our expert’s take on “The New Class” of talented actors and actresses ready to rule the school and graduate to greatness.
The week-long roll-out at TheNewClass.MTV.com will include exclusive interviews with 10 breakthrough actors and actresses, assigning superlatives to each as we create a one-of-a-kind yearbook that we’ll look back on for years to come. In addition, fans will be asked to vote for the student body president – the actor or actress you think will have the brightest future in the industry.
In addition, MTV News’ “The New Class” will include an exclusive first-look from the set of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” based on the beloved best-selling book, including interviews with Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Ezra Miller and Logan Lerman.
*Jamie Campbell Bower* (“Breaking Dawn,” “Anonymous,” “Mortal Instruments”) Jamie is an actor, singer and former model that has already made teen girl’s hearts flutter as the temperamental Caius in “The Twilight Saga” and acted alongside the namesake of his superlative in “Sweeny Todd.” With his good looks and brooding eyes, Jamie is well positioned in our mind to become* **THE NEXT JOHNNY DEPP*.
*Lily Collins* (“Mortal Instruments,” “Snow White”): Lily has played the super-supportive sister in “The Blind Side” and is about to show the world just how physical she can get for love in the newly-released “Abduction.” Add to that her upcoming role in “Mortal Instruments” and starring alongside Julia Roberts in a new adaptation of “Snow White” and she is ready, willing and able to be* **THE ASS-KICKING GIRL NEXT DOOR*.
Taking a break from his busy schedule, Jamie Campbell Bower stopped by the Teen Vogue offices to chat about doing his own stunts for Camelot, playing a sadistic Volturi in Breaking Dawn, and cleaning up his act for girlfriend (and Harry Potter star) Bonnie Wright.
We shot you for our Young Hollywood portfolio in 2007. What have you been up to since then?
I think when I did that shoot Sweeney Todd was just about to come out. I did a couple of small roles and an international movie—a Dutch film—followed by The Prisoner mini-series on AMC. Then I landed Twilight and Harry Potter. Now I’ve got Camelot.
So you haven’t been busy at all.
It’s been all work and no play for the last three years. I haven’t been able to take a holiday, but now I’m going to Indonesia then Bali, and ending up in Australia.
How was shooting Breaking Dawn?
It was great filming in Baton Rouge. I had actually broken my ankle working on Camelot, so I turned up on set with a boot on. They made me take it off and work without it. I’d have to put it on in-between takes. It was blood, sweat, and tears, but that’s the stuff you’re proud of.
What can fans expect from the fourth Twilight movie?
It’s a lot darker. It leans away from the tweeny and more towards the horror genre that had originally sprung from Stephenie’s mind. There are definitely some scary moments. The Volturi get to be so ridiculous. You get see how sadistic and messed up they really are. We have the best things to say—every time we went on set it was a laugh.