Directed by Peter Ramsey (Independence Day, the Hulk, Minority Report) and starring Chris Pine, AlecBaldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher and Jude Law, the Rise of the Guardians is an epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes — each with extraordinary abilities. We chat up with Ramsey as he lets us in on the film and the characters...
What is the film all about?
Rise of the Guardians reveals a secret and the secret is that the greatest icons of childhood, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, work together in a battle against the forces of despair and fear to protect the things that bring meaning and fun to childhood, and to life.
How was Hollywood hottie Chris Pine as Jack Frost?
Jack Frost is a pretty classic, I think, heroic character who’s on a quest to find out who he is and I think one of the messages of the movie is that when you go on that quest, when you try to discover, you know, who you are and what it is you have to bring to the world, that makes you a hero. Chris, in a lot of ways, had the hardest role of all which was to anchor the story in a character who was relatable, who we really felt for and who we understood.
Tell us about the experience of working with Hugh Jackman!
Hugh Jackman is incredible. He’s a real showman. He can do everything. He’s an action star, he’s a romantic lead, he does, you know, he’s a singer, he’s a dancer, great comedian. He actually does almost all of those things in our movie. He doesn’t have a musical number, I don’t think, but all his other talents are really brought to bear because Bunny, of all the Guardians, probably is the funniest but he is also this real action hero. He’s got moments in the film where he does this incredible acrobatics and moves with his boomerangs but, at the same time, he gets into some situations that provide some of the biggest laughs in the movie and Hugh was able to encapsulate all of those. He’s an incredible actor.
How did you envision the look of the film?
We wanted a rich, colourful, alive look. We wanted the movie to be kind of bursting with life and energy and colour and really deliver on the idea that we’re taking you into new worlds. You know, you’re not just going to see the North Pole, you’re going to see the Tooth Fairy’s palace, which is incredible. We really wanted to do justice to these characters and to the kind of space that they inhabit in your head.