JEFF BRIDGES PLAYS MASTER GREGORY IN ‘SEVENTH SON’, AN EPIC FANTASY FILM IN WHICH HE GOES HEAD TO HEAD WITH THE MALEVOLENT WITCH MOTHER MALKIN (PLAYED BY JULIANNE MOORE) TO PROTECT HIS POSITION AS THE LAST OF A KNIGHTLY ORDER KNOWN AS ‘THE SPOOKS’, DEFENDING HUMANITY AGAINST SUPERNATURAL THREATS. HERE HE CHATS ABOUT THE FILM AND THE BOOK BEHIND IT…
I was enamoured with the book, The Spook’s Apprentice, that the film was based on and I was also attracted to the idea of working with director Sergei Bodrov.
Well, I had seen his movie Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan, which was great on a large scale, and also Prisoner of the Mountains which was very intimate. So, I knew that he was capable of shooting a movie that could be spectacular and also very good on a more intimate level. That’s what I thought we needed for Seventh Son.
Sergei was so wonderful to work with! Making movies is such a collaborative art form and Sergei knows how to create a great working environment on the set that is very loose and inclusive.
Gregory was the last seventh son and he needed to find another one to take his place because his lineage is dying out. So he finds this young kid who is really not up for it.
Ben brought a lot of enthusiasm and he enjoyed getting into the physicality of the job, too. He was a lot of fun to work with. We got to improvise a bit. We had a good time.
Julianne and I worked on The Big Lebowski years ago but it almost felt like only a long weekend had gone by. Here we were again on a set, remembering the great times we had on that movie and creating some new memories on this film. We had a ball! She is such a wonderful actress and it’s wonderful to pretend with her. Even when she is playing someone who is so mean! I’ve portrayed some mean guys before, too. They are actually fun to play.
One of the things I did that was a lot of fun was to write a whole scenario about their back-history. They had been lovers. This is what happens when love turns sour.
John was very good, and he really brought that guy to life! Tusk is one of my favorite characters in the movie because he is so unusual. He’s kind of a bridge between man and beast. And like Master Gregory, he is probably the last of his kind too.
Alicia has a real unique freshness to her and I really enjoyed watching her. She is a wonderful actress. I think we will be hearing a lot about her.
Casting is everything. Not just regarding the actors, but also the rest of the crew. Producer Thomas Tull and Legendary Pictures did a great job in bringing this group together.
Well, I read a lot of myth and authors like Joseph Campbell and Robert Bly. What some people did to women they thought were witches back then was so terrible. It’s no wonder the ones in our movie are pissed off!
That was a lot of fun! Luckily we had some great stunt guys to choreograph those scenes and also avoid anyone getting hurt. The guy that doubled for me looked so much like me! I like to do as many of my stunts as I can because I get to be like a kid again. Sometimes they have to hold me back. I believe that the most the actor can be in the stunt and show his face and body, the better. Making movies is like doing a magic trick. You have to know how to work that illusion.
Vancouver is one of my favorite places to work! I have done several films there. It’s just so beautiful. I actually took some pictures when I was there with this Widelux panning still camera that I have because I like to make a book later to give to the cast and crew. I have been doing that since Starman!
Oh yes, Tom Sigel is a great cinematographer. I think he did a brilliant job!
When you work with visual effects you go back to the most primitive form of acting. It’s like when you were a kid and did it all with your mind because you didn’t have all the sets and costumes.
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