Mag­i­cal part plays with time­less tale

Chris Pine voices Frost in writes

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

S a kid, Chris Pine used to be afraid of the bo­gey­man. Now he fights one on the big screen. The 32-year-old Amer­i­can ac­tor takes on his first voice-over role as Jack Frost in the Dream­Works an­i­mated film Rise of the Guardians.

His win­ter won­der­land char­ac­ter is asked to join the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Santa – played by Hugh Jack­man, Isla Fisher and Alec Baldwin – to de­feat a bo­gey­man called Pitch (Jude Law).

Pine says the most mag­i­cal part is get­ting to see his vo­cals com­bined with the an­i­ma­tors’ work.

‘‘By the time you get to see it all put to­gether, it’s many, many months, even years down the road. I saw one ver­sion of it three months ago and was as­tounded by how unique the art looked,’’ he says.

Pine talks about the hol­i­day film and his own bat­tles with the bo­gey­man. How would you de­scribe

Is it a bit like It’s like The Avengers for kids. It’s ev­ery char­ac­ter that you knew from grow­ing up – from Santa Claus to Sand­man to the Tooth Fairy to the Easter Bunny – all brought to­gether as this fan­tas­tic crime-fight­ing team. Would you say they’re myths or leg­ends?

I would say they’re leg­ends . . . th­ese dif­fer­ent leg­ends that we’ve all known as chil­dren grow­ing up, no mat­ter where you are or where you live, all come to­gether. It’s a time­less story about be­lief and the power of the imag­i­na­tion. What’s your voiceover out­fit when you turn up at work to be Jack Frost?

I used to go out for com­mer­cials. I al­ways felt like a sch­muck that I was on th­ese aw­ful au­di­tions. There would be th­ese guys in sweat pants and mesh shorts that looked like they hadn’t shaved in months. They looked like they were hav­ing the time of their lives and they were al­ways the voiceover artists. Com­fort’s the name of the game. Sweat pants and san­dals. Will kids in your fam­ily?

Prob­a­bly this and what I called my big-hair pic­ture, The Princess Di­aries 2. I’m really, really ex­cited to show my nephew and all the kids in my life this film. For me, grow­ing up, Christ­mas time was al­ways the most fan­tas­tic, ex­cit­ing time of year, and you’d stay up un­til three in the morn­ing. You’d hear the par­ents wrap­ping in the other room but you knew that also, maybe, they were in col­lu­sion with Santa Claus.

ap­peal to the When you were younger, were you ever scared of the bo­gey­man?

I don’t know any kid that’s not afraid at some point go­ing to bed with the lights off, to­tally. That’s why they make night lights. I guess it took me some time to get used to it. Can you put an age on that?

Twenty-four. So you can now sleep with the lights off?

Not really, but I’m get­ting there. What gives you night­mares?

Not a fan of spi­ders. I saw the movie Arachno­pho­bia, which was sin­gle-hand­edly rated in the top three worst choices of my life.

opens to­day.

From left: Sand­man, Bun­ny­mund (Hugh Jack­man), North (Alec Baldwin), Tooth (Isla Fisher) and Jack Frost (Chris Pine) band to­gether in Dream­Works An­i­ma­tion’s

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