“It’s two pe ople fall­ing in love in a war scen ari o” Theo James is Four

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So, is it fair to say that Al­le­giant is where Four starts to take the lead?

Yeah, it opens him up more. You used to fol­low the story through [ Tris’s] eyes, whereas in this film we’re slowly di­verg­ing from that so you see cer­tain events from both of their per­spec­tives, which causes them to butt heads.

Is this where their ro­mance starts to crum­ble?

I guess it’s just a fris­son be­tween two peo­ple. She’s wooed by Jeff Daniels’ char­ac­ter who Four doesn’t trust at all. [ In this film] they ac­tu­ally go their sep­a­rate ways. It’s about a re­la­tion­ship where they’ve been to­gether for a cer­tain amount of time but then find dif­fer­ences in their fun­da­men­tal be­lief sys­tems, and try­ing to over­come that. They’re con­stantly in a state of learn­ing and adapt­ing. We tried, as much as we can, to put in the idea of two peo­ple fall­ing in love in a war sce­nario.

What about Four’s re­la­tion­ship with his es­tranged mother Evelyn?

In the sec­ond film his char­ac­ter has a lot of re­sent­ment for her. He was aban­doned by this woman and had not heard from her in 20 years, so he pushes her away. In Al­le­giant, though, he re­alises that she’s com­ing from that place of cold­ness for a rea­son.

And how was it hav­ing your mum played by Naomi Watts?

They men­tioned her early and I loved the idea. I re­mem­ber watch­ing her in Mul­hol­land Drive and think­ing, “This is an amaz­ing per­for­mance!” I liked the idea of a young mother. I thought that was in­ter­est­ing be­cause it means all the im­pli­ca­tions of, you know, get­ting preg­nant young – and the dark re­cesses of that his­tory was re­ally in­ter­est­ing to ex­plore.

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