T AL K L I K E A P I RA T E

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

Hugh Jack­man Did you have any say in your ap­pear­ance as Black­beard?

I did have a say in it. But I will be hon­est with you, when I met Joe [ Wright] for the first time, I said, “Ex­plain the world, ex­plain Nev­er­land to me.” He had a pic­ture of my face with white make- up like an old paint­ing that was cracked. I had the wig of Marie An­toinette and the cos­tume of Louis XIV. I was like, “I’m in!” How is Pan dif­fer­ent from other ver­sions of the story?

We were given li­cence be­cause it’s an ori­gin story. For ex­am­ple, there’s one line on page 53 of the JM Bar­rie book that says, “Hook learned his trade as the bo­sun for Black­beard.” So there was free­dom for us to do what we wanted. Will Black­beard scare kids?

It should be fright­en­ing a lit­tle bit – un­com­fort­able. It’s got equal parts silli­ness and imag­i­na­tion, as well as be­ing a lit­tle fright­en­ing. That’s the role of fairy­tales. How was it shoot­ing the ac­tion scenes?

When I was at drama school, I loved fenc­ing. I was a pretty good fencer, I don’t mind telling you. And I’ve never done it un­til here, so I loved do­ing the train­ing. And then Joe had this idea… Black­beard’s ship, ev­ery time he defeats another ship, he rips off the mast and places it as a tro­phy. So the front of his ship has 30 spikes go­ing out. It looks

in­cred­i­ble.

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