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September 16th, 2010

MOVIE TIP: Andrew W.K. on suspiciously young child actors and why guys should watch The Twilight Saga

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Following on from last week’s installment, where Andrew W.K. waxed lyrical about putting the ‘mega’ into Megan Fox and being on neither Team Edward nor Team Jacob, the ‘Party Hard’ superstar has set about answering more of your questions and chatting about whether child actors will ever age and just why Twilight is actually great for getting with the ladies you love. Even if it is as depressing as hell.


Child actors

“The amazing thing about all of those actors is that they’re very fortunate to not age or change. I saw Macauley Culkin in the airport the other day actually going into London. He was in the passport line and hadn’t filled out his card and it seemed like he wasn’t used to travelling without someone helping to fill out the forms. So when he got to customs to get through, he had no idea what to do.

“He looked exactly the same. I wondered if actors somehow are either born that way. Of course, people age differently to others, but maybe it’s something about being an actor – especially the child actors which we’re talking about – where you’re actually trying to influence your body not to age, to still maintain the same proportions and facial structure because he was very small and young looking for a guy who’s got to be in his mid-20s. He might even be as old as me [Culkin is 30 – Ed], I don’t know but it’s the same thing as all the folks we’re talking about: Robert Pattinson and Emma Watson and all the characters from Harry Potter.”

“Emma Watson looks exactly the same as she always did, just an older version but with a very youthful face. Some people totally change – from the age of 10 to 16 you might not recognise them at all, so that’s been an interesting observation. We’ll have to keep an eye on these child actors for when they get to 50 and 60 years old.”

What are your thoughts on the The Twilight Saga

“I haven’t seen Eclipse yet because it came out while we were on tour but I did see the first two several times. I preferred the second one [New Moon] but one thing I didn’t like about either of the movies is how blue everything is because they’re using these filters which were very grey and blue light. That’s one thing I really liked about Harry Potter and Spider-man and the other recent franchises that use a more vibrant colour palette. Harry Potter has a lot of blues, greys and washed out colours but then they also have very saturated rich colours and use a very full, dynamic range.”

“I really noticed that about Twilight. The aesthetic is so particular with this washed-out blue-grey, which is also a slightly outdated approach. It’s something we saw a lot more of in the early 2000s and late 90s. People were very excited about that dismal look but it’s depressing, it really is. I understand that these are not happy movies; they’re not simple movies; they’re very complicated; they’re very emotional in terms of what the characters are feeling and they want everything to be heavy and dismal and I guess the target demographic of teenagers – teenage girls, specifically – is really looking for that in life.

“I guess at high school everything is more like life and death and if someone was mean to me, it was the end of the world and if a girl liked me, it was the greatest thing in the world. I’d just like to see Twilight be a little more uplifting. Even when Bella is with Robert Pattinson’s Edward, she still doesn’t seem happy. She’s still very moody and very dark but I think that’s the type of emotion they’re trying to relay to the viewers they’re targeting. I definitely felt that way as a teenager but things are not life and death and things don’t have to be so emotional but you’ve got to respect their ability to create that atmosphere.

“It’s like the movie looks how it feels to be a 15 or 16 year old girl. Maybe if I was that girl, looking out of my eyes, everything might be all grey and washed out. And believe me, there are times when I would love to be a teenage girl! You get to be so beautiful – well, I’d like to be a beautiful teenage girl – just to see what that other side of the world is like. Maybe that’s why guys don’t like it so much because it’s being presented to a girl but sometimes, especially as a guy who likes girls, it’s very valuable to learn about how a girl looks at the world or to watch out they like and if you learn more about women, you can be better with them. It’s nothing pansy or weak or crappy about checking out women’s movies. Sex And The City is another good example. I can’t relate to anything that’s going on at all but I’m still fascinated to see how other people look at the world.”

“Kristen Stewart is also very beautiful, I think. I enjoy watching her because she’s an excellent actress at portraying this type of character, which she’s done in many of her movies. There’s an intensity and there’s so much drama but there’s something about that age where everything is heavy and everything’s intense and she portrays that just through her body language. Maybe that’s just how she really is. I wonder if she has to put on that character. Is she very mature and confident or is if she really has that uncertainty and awkardness that is in her characters. She plays a very similar character in Adventureland but it’s a much more happy, uplifting movie with happy tones and colours, not so severe but it’s the same – not to typecast her, but she’s very good at seeming charming-yet-awkward, smart-yet-unsure of herself. She’s very, very cool and very pretty but she’s also sort of a tomboy and she’s a very unique person on the acting scene.”

Next week, Andrew will be talking more about Harry Potter and his wild palette as well as date movies but read last week’s column in the meantime, if you haven’t already. Or you can still ask Andrew WK your questions about movies in a comment below or you can always email your question to…

PARTY TIP: Do something you shouldn’t.


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