Magical part plays with timeless tale
Chris Pine voices Frost in writes
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.
From left: Sandman, Bunnymund (Hugh Jackman), North (Alec Baldwin), Tooth (Isla Fisher) and Jack Frost (Chris Pine) band together in DreamWorks Animation’s