The Guest: Moviefone interview
A new interview with Dan for Moviefone has been shared online. In it, Dan chats about The Guest, A Walk Among Tombstones, The Cobbler and Night at the Museum 3.
Moviefone: What did you think when you first read this script?
Dan Stevens: I thought it was hilarious. I thought it was insanely funny. I laughed from beginning to end. It was just a thrill. And it was so playful and it reminded me of so many movies that I loved growing up -- in one script. So it read consistently with how the movie turned out? Yeah, it did, and I'm really delighted with how it ended up and to see it being received in the spirit in which it was made, which was very fun and very celebratory of a certain kind of cinema that we were fed on in the eighties and nineties. Especially growing up in Britain at that time, we were steeped in American action movies and horror movies. That was our lifeblood. And as soon as I had established with Adam that we both loved the movie "Big Trouble in Little China," I knew that we were off to a great start.
Did they try to explain what they were trying to do with the script or you just got it?
I just kind of got it. And I didn't realize that I was one of the few who had. I think that Adam had met with a few guys and they had taken it a bit too seriously. And certainly some people who read it, some of my representatives, didn't get it. They said, "Why do you want to do this? It's so nasty and horrible." They hadn't appreciated that there was room for humor in a film like this. But I think people are laughing at different things now. Horror has evolved in the way that comedy has, I think. And Adam and Simon are keenly aware of that shift. We do dance between that, too. It's not that it's an out-and-out hilarious comedy but nor do we want it to be out-and-out nasty and creepy and weird. We wanted to play with that shift.
There's a little bit of "The Terminator" in your performance...
There's a lot of "The Terminator" in there.
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