Video:Land of the Lost - Anna Friel, John Boylan Interviewswith Rebecca Murray
Anna Friel ('Pushing Daisies') gets into the action in the comedy adventure 'Land of the Lost' directed by Brad Silberling. And John Boylan takes on the role of the Sleestaks leader, Enik, a part that required a lot of patience in the make-up chair.See Transcript
Transcript:Land of the Lost - Anna Friel, John Boylan InterviewsRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the American Premiere of Land of the Lost.
Anna Friel – 'Holly' in Land of the LostI can't believe you actually ran on the carpet in those heels.
Anna Friel: "Believably or not, they're actually very comfortable. You wouldn't think so but they are."
You are now an action star.
Anna Friel: "Well, I hope so. I can kick a mean punch. I quite liked that. I liked the element of the beating the Sleestak."
How refreshing was it to be able to actually use your own accent instead of having to do an American or something?
Anna Friel: "It was quite daunting at first because I had nothing to hide behind. I'd been in an American accent for the last two years so it was both vulnerable making at first, and then incredibly liberating."
Now didn't know Land of the Lost before you did this. You got the series after you started. What do you think? How do they compare?
Anna Friel: "How do the film and the TV show compare? I think it stays true and loyal to what it was. I think it's a 2009 take on it. Now visual effects has progressed and developed so much that we're making use of that."
How tough was it in the harnesses and everything else that they put you through in this?
Anna Friel: "At first it was great fun and I couldn't wait to be shot off 20 feet into the air. And then a week later…especially when we learned not to do it after lunch…it wasn't the most comfortable thing."
Is action what you want to do some more of?
Anna Friel: "I wouldn't say no. I think I'd have to train rigorously. Maybe."
John Boylan – 'Enik' in Land of the LostSo you look a lot different in the movie.
John Boylan: "Really? What do I look like?"
There's like a lizard thing going on, a lizard vibe. What's the process of going through that like, because I've heard it's hell?
John Boylan: "Well, wearing a full suit like that where your wrists are covered, your ankles are covered, and your neck is covered is very claustrophobic and very hot. The head piece weighed over 20 pounds and there's 15 animatronic motors in your head buzzing and going at the same time. So by the time I was finished, I knew how to do it. When I started, I didn't know how to do it. But I'm an actor so I figured it out."
How hard is it to act underneath all that though?
John Boylan: "You know, honestly, I found the acting the easiest. I loved the character, and working with those people was great. And I found when I was acting in scenes, that was easy. That was brilliant. It was when I was waiting in between takes that I wanted to die."
How long did they keep you in it between takes?
John Boylan: "As long as they could until I said, 'Take the head off.'"
Were you a fan of Land of the Lost prior to this?
John Boylan: "I should lie and say yes, but I didn't really know… Okay, yes I was. I'm a fan of Land of the Lost. I watched every episode. I really did. That's a lie."
Why should people see this one?
John Boylan: "They're smart how they wrote the movie. It's fabulous. Kids are going to love the movie. The moms are going to come with their kids and they're going to enjoy it. 20 year old dudes are going to love it. It's truly good for everybody. We had two read-throughs. I have never been to a read-through where people howled so much. And at the beginning I was kind of laughing. After about 20 minutes, I was screaming my head off. It's incredibly funny."