Skip to comments.THE LION, THE WITCH AND.. THE POTTY MOUTHED BUCKET ('Lucy' actress scolds Tumnus actor's mouth!)
Posted on 11/22/2005 7:41:55 AM PST by DaveLoneRanger
When The Chronicles of Narnia star James McAvoy's movie nose dropped off it was the last straw. But not for him, for his eight year-old co-star who started a swear box.
HOT Scots actor James McAvoy was put in his place by an eight year old after he mistakenly swore in her face on the set of The Chronicles of Narnia:The Lion,The Witch And TheWardrobe. Shameless star James plays Mr Tumnus, the kindly faun and is the first magical creature to be befriended by Lucy Pevensie, played by Georgie Henley.
On their first day of filming in New Zealand together James, 26, admitted: "I'd been crying all day for this scene and had a cold. I was wearing a gelatine nose to make my nostrils look like a goat's.
"There was snot because of the cold, then I was crying so there was extra snot, building up there. My nose started to melt, I pushed it back on with my finger and it came off. I went 'f*** it' - in this eight year-old's face.
"I was mortified and to teach me a lesson she made the Potty Mouthed Bucket and I had to put four New Zealand dollars in it."
James laughed but still shows his embarrassment at what he did. Especially as earlier that day Georgie had been spellbound seeing him as Mr Tumnus for the very first time.
Fans will know the importance of the part to the phenomenon of Narnia. Lucy is the first of the four Pevensie children to walk through the wardrobe into the land that is always winter, but never celebrates Christmas. And MrTumnus is the creature she first meets and who risks his own life to ensure Lucy isn't killed by Jardis, the WhiteWitch played by another Scot,Tilda Swinton.
For James it'll finally put him on the international map after his performances in Shameless, Early Doors and State of Play made him a household name in the UK.
Already he's been called the new Hugh Grant or the new Ewan McGregor, but James is far better than both of them because he seems to be able to do everything from romantic lead to, in Narnia, a half-man, half-goat.
However, while the Glasgow actor was the first "non-human" role to be cast in the film, not everyone was sure he could bring to life the beloved character.
The faun was C.S. Lewis' original inspiration for the creation of Narnia. He once said it "all began with a picture of a faun carrying an umbrella and parcels in a snowy wood".
The Narnia film's veteran special effects boss Howard Berger expressed his reservations about James' casting because most people see Mr Tumnus as middle-aged and pot-bellied.
Howard said: "I thought James was too young, but he was amazing. He was doing another film, but still flew 36 hours to see me in New York for six hours and then flew back - without the other film knowing.
"And when we did meet he saw a sculpture of Aslan in the shop and he dropped to his knees and went: 'My Lord' and I thought this guy's going to be amazing. And he was."
James, speaking in the luxurious surroundings of Cliveden House in Taplow, Berkshire, also prickles at the suggestions he is too young. He sees Tumnus as around 150 years old"but someone who could live until they were 900 - so I think he's in his mid-twenties".
Certainly, the Scot had to put up with a lot to turn him into the Faun of the classic novel.
He spent three hours in make-up and the prosthetics each day included a head piece with radio-controlled ears that move, horns attached to a skull cap, nose piece, forehead piece, hair pieces, including a wig, chops, beard, eyebrows and body hair.
James admitted: "It's a terrifying thing giving your appearance over to someone else. But after a couple of days I knew I was in such good hands with Howard. It wasn't my face, it was our face."
From the thighs, down his character's legs were turned by computer into the legs of a goat. He had to wear "lovely furry hot pants" on top of green tights which were to enable the computer team to erase the green and put in the goat legs.
To achieve this James had to endure more - spending his days performing on tiptoe.
He explained: "I tried stilts, stilettos and high-heeled trainers to make it easier to put goat's legs onme, but the best way was for me to walk onmy tip toes with my knees bent and hunched over."
Howard added: "James and Georgie hit it off immediately and rehearsed their scenes together, but we never showed her Tumnus until we'd got the make-up right.
"On the first day as Tumnus we blindfolded Georgie until the scene began to get the real joy in her face when Lucy sees the faun.
"It was wonderful, we were all sobbing." The film will also have the same effect on anyone who has read the books.
The story focuses on four children Peter (William Moseley), Susan (Anna Popplewell), Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Lucy, who leave London during the war to find safety in the country away from the Blitz.
During a game of hide-and-seek Lucy discovers Narnia in a wardrobe. The world has been brought to life by Narnia fanatic Andrew Adamson, the director who made Shrek and Shrek 2.
But James also professes to being a fan. He said: "I read the book when I was 10 or 11 years old. It was a big step in reading for me.
"Playing Mr Tumnus knowing, like me,how much he means to people was a privilege, but also a big pressure.
"Mr Tumnus was always one of my favourite characters so to play him was a big honour."
Mr Tumnus isn't the only mythical creatures which will leave fans old and new open-mouthed.Tilda Swinton is fantastic as the White Witch and the computer generated Aslan,The Lion, is frighteningly realistic, helped by the voice of Liam Neeson.
Dawn French and Ray Winstone play married talking beavers in the film and get some brilliant gags.
Other characters include Father Christmas played by yet another Scot, James Cosmo and Jim Broadbent as Professor Kirke, whose house the children are evacuated to.
But perhaps the biggest non-child role falls on James as Tumnus who doesn't kidnap Lucy as the White Witch decrees and ends up being turned to stone.
James was in New Zealand - where The Lord of the Rings trilogy was also filmed - for seven months and spent his time hitch-hiking to North Island, Thames, the Kauaeranga Valley and Hot Water Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula.
He said: "I just hiked around and camped for five nights, checked out all the rivers and waterfalls. It was nice wandering around in beautiful forests."
He saw the film for the first time on Monday and admits to having his"heart in his mouth" as a fan of the book, but soon began enjoying it knowing it was in safe hands.
And of course he bears no ill will to Georgie for making him cough up for swearing.
James laughed: "I'm 26 and I've done a few things now, but to watch her and see this amazing journey for her, it was amazing for all of us, but in particular for her."
Just off the telly in BBC One's Macbeth, James is hotter than hot. Now Narnia will make him a huge film star.
I work in theater as a stage manager and there have been many days when I've wished I could fine the actors I work with for bad language. Way to go Georgia!
I work in theater as a stage manager and there have been many days when I've wished I could fine the actors I work with for bad language. Way to go Georgie!
Why so negative, Brainhose? The movie is not pure Hollywood tripe, because it is not a senseless, plotless, sexed-up bloodsport. Like Lord of the Rings, the movie contains deep themes, and some would contest, Christian allegory. I hope you can appreciate the difference.
My 5 year old granddaughter and I are totally absorbed by this story, this movie. Some of the little 5 year old versions coming out are wonderful. She knows all the names and although I hated to do it, I had to tell her about how Aslan dies and then comes back to life. Now whenever I talk to her she asks about it. It's very troubling to her. She knew about Tumnus being turned to stone and she didn't like that either but she loves Aslan. She asked whether the kids cried and of course, they did. She asks specifically how he died, why he died, how he came back to life. I know that this movie will be something she remembers all her life.
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