Alexan­dre Aja

Di­rec­tor, Horns

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Cinema -

How in­volved was Joe Hill in the adap­ta­tion of his novel?

He was re­ally in­volved in the writ­ing process. When it comes to adapt­ing their work most writ­ers get very ner­vous and he was wor­ried, but the more we were mak­ing the movie, the more I re­alised that he was re­ally in­trigued and re­ally into it. In Hall H at Comic- Con he said he felt the movie was even bet­ter than the book!

How did you come to cast Daniel Rad­cliffe as Ig?

He came after me after read­ing the book, right be­fore The Woman In Black, so for me he was Daniel Rad­cliffe- slash- Harry Pot­ter, and not nec­es­sar­ily Ig. I was sur­prised after talk­ing to him that he was very sim­i­lar to the main character in the book, very hum­ble but also pas­sion­ate and ro­man­tic, loyal and gen­uinely good. I re­alised that he was the character and I had to make the movie with him.

How did you come up with the look of Ig’s horns?

A lot of the rep­re­sen­ta­tions of demons and fallen an­gels in early 19th cen­tury Europe had horns that were very or­ganic, very an­i­mal­is­tic and very real and nat­u­ral. It feels to me that if hu­mans had horns they would look no dif­fer­ent from a lot of the an­i­mals that we have around us. I wanted them to be some­thing that you be­lieve, some­thing that could never feel funny, and some­thing that would fit with the very Amer­i­can look Ig’s wear­ing for the whole movie, with the leather jacket and the hoodie.

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