Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 10:54 am | 0 Comments |
In another new interview promoting Alien: Out of the Shadows, Matthew discusses his love of scifi and how he got involved in the project. Read the full interview over at SciFiNow and some highlights below:
How did you get involved with the Alien: Out Of The Shadows audiobook?
I’ve never done anything like this before and I wasn’t really aware of the medium at all, to be totally honest with you. Then my voiceover agent sent me the script and said ‘would you be interested in doing this audio drama?’ and sort of explained what the concept was, and I was like, why is no one doing this kind of thing? And then I read the script and realised that it was Alien, it was set in between the first two movies, and I was like, oh yes. I’m sold. I want to do that.
What was it about the project that made you so keen to get involved with it?
Well, I was keen for it for multiple reasons. One, I’m always excited to do things that I’ve never tried before. And when it was described to me, the challenge of trying to create this atmosphere, this tension and this fear of being trapped on a claustrophobic ship with an alien loose, the challenge of trying to create that with just audio sounded really exciting. And then they mentioned the calibre of people involved, and then I read my character. My character is called Baxter, and he’s a communications officer on board the mining vessel. He’s a fun guy. I’m channelling a bit of Bill Paxton from Aliens in there. He’s this sort of wise guy. Very good at his job but he’s a bit of a smart arse.
What do you think makes Alien so iconic and enduring?
There’s something brilliantly dystopian about it. It’s that future with the dirty mining ships, the grime of it all, it all just felt so embedded in reality. You could easily see a future where humans are miners doing that same dirty job. It’s Average Joes just getting screwed over by the Man, by the company. It just happens to be set in outer space. I also think the idea of the unknown is really exciting. Dropping down to a planet and finding something fascinating and otherworldly. I love the idea that in the first one, and even now, you never find out where they come from. There’s no back story. There’s no explanation as to how they got on the planet, what the eggs are, it’s just there, and a lot that idea. It’s something that I think sci-fi does very well. In that situation, you wouldn’t have all the information. You wouldn’t have some marine there that just goes, ‘just so you know, here’s the whole back story for the alien’. That just doesn’t happen.
Matt also discusses the differences between television and film and working on an audiobook:
Did you find it a lot different to what you’re used to doing with film and TV?
Yeah! Definitely! It took me a little while to get into the rhythm of it, but it was great to have all these experiences guys around me. I could follow their lead, really. You just have to be so aware that you’re trying to conjure up these images with just one sense, with just the sound of your voice, Audio is all you have, so you have to make sure you hit every piece of information, you squeeze as much emotion out of every line so that you can convey that to the audience that’s listening. I found myself, during the first half an hour or so, internalising a lot as if I was on TV and had a close-up. The director, Dirk [Maggs], worked tirelessly for the first hour or so trying to squeeze out every bit of emotion from my dialogue, and by the end of it I think he was trying to bring me back down! I was bloody full of it!
He also talks about his love for Star Trek and Star Wars:
What other sci-fi movies have impacted your life as much as Alien has?
I’m a huge Star Trek geek. I love Star Trek. And I love Star Wars! I mean, Star Wars was my original kind of—growing up as a boy I was obsessed with Star Wars. I watched that religiously, every night on repeat. I loved Luke Skywalker, still do. But then as I got a bit older I got more into the space politics. I got more into Star Trek and the idea of this utopia world where everyone is trying to explore. I love the idea that Gene Roddenberry came up with a future for humanity that we’re striving for. There’s a lovely running arc in Star Trek where humans are capable of great things. We’re one of those things that other species in the universe look at and go, ‘They’re one to watch! They’re not there yet, but they’re one to watch.’ I love that idea. I’m quite an idealist. I love the idea that one day we’re living in this utopia society where all we really care about is curiosity and exploration and just helping. It’s a lot of optimistic rubbish, but Star Trek always gave me that bit of hope.
You mentioned you’re also a Star Wars fan… What did you think of The Force Awakens?
I loved it! I absolutely loved it. I was fortunate enough to go to the premiere and I’ll admit that I shed a little tear when the opening titles came on. I was literally just like, this is so good. I was like a eight-year-old boy. It was amazing. It was everything I sort of hoped it would be. I know there’s a lot of chat about how it’s basically just a rip off of the first one but Luke Skywalker is now a girl called Rey, and I was like yeah, I can see where you’re coming from, but that story in that first movie, in A New Hope, there are a lot of very common themes within that story. You’ve got a young boy who is growing up in a dead end life, who’s going nowhere, and then someone comes along and goes, no, you’re actually meant for something more. You know that feeling you always felt, how you were special? That’s actually true. You are actually special and you’re going to do amazing things, and be bigger than you’ve ever dreamed. It’s the story that we had in Harry Potter, it’s the same story that’s in so many movies, so many great books, like His Dark Materials, or The Lord Of The Rings, or whatever. The idea that we all sit around our houses in our lives when we’re kids, how we just go to school and we come home and then some of us just go, gosh, I wonder if there’s something more. I wonder if I’m meant for something more. It’s that imagination that someone will come along and go, ‘yes, you are’. So yeah, okay, [The Force Awakens] was very similar to A New Hope, but it’s a story that will never die. It’s a story that will never get old. People love that. I love that.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 12:42 pm | 0 Comments |
Matthew stars alongside Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games) in Me Before You, out June 3rd and discusses the fact that all of them have worked on successful film/tv franchises:
“We’re all of an age and we’ve all sort of got ourselves caught up in these mad franchises and trying to find our way in the world of acting and whatnot”, he continued, “and I think it was just a coming together of a bunch of people who are in a very similar mindset and a very similar place in their lives and it was just really fun.”
He also discusses the possibility of a guest role in Doctor Who by saying: “I’ve not watched Doctor Who since it was David Tennant, but yeah, it looks like it’d be a bit of fun. Maybe a guest role would be a bit of fun, wouldn’t it? I mean why not?”
Finally he mentions his work on the audiobook, Alien: Out of the Shadows, which is available on Audible today. Matt plays Communications Officer John Baxter in “a thrilling tale of an outbreak on a mining vessel, set between the first and second films in Ridley’s Scott’s iconic franchise.”
“I’m such a huge fan of the first couple of movies. My character is so much fun and so I didn’t really care who was doing it. I just wanted to get involved,” he said.
Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 6:40 pm | 0 Comments |
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Awesome-Con has revealed that Matthew Lewis will be one of the guests at their convention this coming June in Washington D.C. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The event takes place from June 3rd – June 5th but Matt will only be in attendance on the 4th and 5th (Saturday/Sunday.) You can purchase tickets for the event here! There are multiple options including VIP passes and Guest Specific VIP passes ($250 for Matthew’s,) with details on those below:
This pass is good for admission all three days of the convention. The VIP Package includes: a collector’s VIP badge, a sweet t-shirt, collector’s lanyard, an exclusive limited-edition art print, and an exclusive limited-edition comic book. VIP Passholders also get 30 minute early access to the exhibit hall prior to show open on Saturday and Sunday, they get to cut the line for professional photo ops, and they have access to special VIP-only rows for select panels.
GUEST SPECIFIC VIP PASS:
This pass is good for admission all three days of the convention. The Guest Specific VIP Package includes: a collector’s VIP badge featuring the guest, one autograph coupon for the Guest, one photo op coupon for the Guest, one panel coupon for the Guest’s Q&A panel (or one of them, if there are multiple), a sweet t-shirt, a collector’s lanyard, an exclusive limited-edition art print, and an exclusive limited-edition comic book. Guest Specific VIP photo op coupons cover the cost of one photo op with the Specific Guest only. Guest Specific VIP autograph coupons cover the cost of one autograph and allow the pass holder to go to the front of the line once for the autograph of the Specific Guest only. Guest Specific VIP panel coupons allow the pass holder to cut the line once for the panel of the Specific Guest only. Like all VIPs, Guest Specific VIPs get to cut the line for any professional photo op for which they have a ticket. Guest Specific VIP Passholders will also get 30 minute early access to the exhibit hall prior to show opening on Saturday and Sunday.
Posted Under: Me Before You
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 4:49 pm | 0 Comments |
Penguin Random House has announced a sweepstakes where fans in the US can win two tickets to the New York premiere screening of Me Before You, currently set to take place on May 23rd in New York City. It is unknown if this screening will include any cast members from the film but we assume some will be there.
Details for the sweepstakes are as follows:
Enter for the chance to win a trip for you and a friend to New York City to see the premiere screening of Me Before You, starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin and based on the novel by Jojo Moyes.
The winner will receive flights and hotel accommodation for two, plus two tickets to the film premiere screening currently scheduled for May 23. The film is rated PG-13 and opens everywhere on June 3. This summer, #LiveBoldly.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:01 AM Eastern Time on April 18, 2016, and 11:59 PM Eastern Time on April 25, 2016.
Me Before You hits theaters on June 3rd.