Monday, October 24, 2011

Chloe Moretz Talks Dark Shadows

Chloe Moretz has been busy promoting her new film Texas Killing Fields, but her role as Carolyn Stoddard in the new Dark Shadows feature film has dominated much of the press material. "It's a very weird, weird, weird character," she tells NBCMiami. "In the beginning you'll be like, 'Why is she doing that?' But then you'll realize at the end that it makes sense."

"This movie is one of the most special things," Chloe enthuses in the Chicago Sun-Times. "I had never heard of Dark Shadows, but my mom says it was one of her favorite shows as a teenager." She is also full of praise of Johnny Depp's performance as Barnabas Collins: "Johnny is so phenomenal as this character. He's so cool. He's like the weirdness and quirkiness of Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow with Edward Scissorhands thrown in with a little bit of Sweeney Todd and the tone of Beetlejuice."

The chance to work with director Tim Burton was a long-time ambition, Chloe tells Collider: "Tim Burton has always been one of my dream directors to work with. When I got a call and they said, 'Tim Burton wants you to be in his movie...' it was a lot to take in. My mom and my brother didn't even tell me. They kept it from me until everything was done and secure. Working with him really did live up to all of my expectations, and actually went beyond everything I expected him to be."

"My brother, Trevor, is my acting coach and we came up with a lot of weird stuff... So, I went to Tim with all these ideas and things to do, and he literally was just like, 'Oh, my god, that sounds perfect! I love that you just came to me with all of those ideas. You're not afraid to just tell me.'"

The all-star cast of Dark Shadows was also a particular enticement: "The first day I came on set, it was a dinner or breakfast scene... literally the whole cast, sitting at this gigantic dinner table, eating. For me to walk in and sit at this table with some of the most phenomenal actors, and then have one of the most amazing directors in the corner of the room, it was so, so, so surreal. They have their own little circle, and they just let you into it with open arms."

1 comment:

bstova said...

So excited to see Tim Burton's rendition of this 60s classic. Looks like he's getting back to his roots. Burton is known for his work such as Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and Sweeney Todd. Spooky, dark, and hilariously chilling, his offbeat style cannot be matched by anyone else in Hollywood. It's a wonder he didn't start the project of remaking the popular soap Dark Shadows years ago. With an allstar cast including Johnny Depp as the haunting Barnabas Collins, Burton's Dark Shadows is sure to impress and I am sure will remind viewers of some of his older work. Although vampires are all the craze in entertainment today, what with Twilight, True Blood, and other shows and books of the like, such was not the case at the time Dark Shadows aired in the late 60's on ABC. It was the first daytime soap to feature the supernatural, and was surprisingly a hit. Seems as though it was a show ahead of its time. Glad to see that this timeless classic is still relevant and entertaining today.