For the release of the film Artemis Fowl, young actors Ferdia Shaw and Lara McDonnell answered our questions. They talk about a relaxed filming where they learned a lot.
To carry his fantastic adventure film Artemis Fowl, Kenneth Branagh recruited two young Irish actors to respect the vision of the author of the novels Eoin Colfer. After a lengthy audition process, Ferdia Shaw and Lara McDonnell were cast as 12-year-old criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl and captured fairy Holly Short to enter into communication with the underground world he has just discovered. In an interview by videoconference, the two young actors shared their filming anecdotes with Linternaute.com.
Ferdia Shaw: Yes, we were already fans. That's why we were very comfortable playing these characters. We added our own lines, Ken regularly gave us the opportunity to give our opinion. It was a chance to know the books before working on this project.
Lara McDonnell: I remember it very well. It was my second audition and he was his third. We were taken to London, where we first met Kenneth Branagh. It's also where I first met Ferdia and knew the moment I saw him that he was a troublemaker!
F.S.: He's such an experienced actor that it's impossible not to notice what he does. Just seeing him play his role helped me. It was always great to watch him play because he's a great actor.
F.S.: I've done quite a few stunts with ropes. When there are explosions for example or when I had to fall from a candlestick for example. I also learned to get around in Onewheel to the Fowl mansion. It's a winding road and I had to do it quickly so I had to practice on it.
LM: A bit because I hadn't had that experience yet. But once you get comfortable with the equipment, like I did almost every day, it almost becomes second nature.
L. M.: We had a lot of fun because the team made sure we were very comfortable on set. The film is very funny and the characters, especially Holly and Artemis, are lively, which allowed us to joke around on set. And when the cameras weren't rolling, we had a lot of fun but never during the tutoring sessions, we were always very focused during the tutoring!
F.S.: (smiles) Yes, we were super focused!
LM: Just a little bit!
F.S.: I kept my Onewheel! Well, I ran into a portal with it so it's quietly waiting to be fixed but it was very nice the first few days!
L. M.: If you pay close attention to the costumes in the film, you will see that the FARfadets costume has a little green earpiece, I kept one and stashed it somewhere where no one can find it.