Interviews in promotion of Escape from Pretoria

A few interviews which have been released recently in promotion of Escape from Pretoria.

Coming Soon - interview and exclusive clip.
“I think it is a very good time to tell stories about people who used their white privilege to help a cause that was not just about them,”

“Just the fact that I think there is something incredibly impressive about how we all sort of like to think that if we were raised in Nazi Germany or apartheid South Africa that you would be able to see that system for what it was, but in reality very few people do. There were white people in the apartheid South Africa, but it was the vast minority. So it is at least impressive and valuable to tell stories about people who are able to look at the circumstances which surround them with this sort of outside perspective and with a deeply honed moral sense.”
more at comingsoon.net.

Newsweek

Why do you feel it was important for the film to play like a thriller?
It is also an incredible prison-break story. It's amazing. They made keys. What's crazy when you talk to Tim, he kind of has an air of, "Well, you know, I just did what anyone would do," and you're just like, "No, no one else would've been able to do this."

You worked with your co-star Ian Hart as a child in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone [as Quirrell]. What was it like working together all these years later?
I think it gave both of us a terrifying sense of the passage of time. It's lovely.

more at newsweek.com.

MovieWeb

There were all of these things that would be mundane had they not taken place in a prison. How did you keep that stress level up while you were filming?

I think it was a sense of, I don't know, really thinking, how much sound would you make? Feeling the weight of every movement. Knowing that basically any movement, I think just remember that any sort of sound could be the thing that will reveal you. Just playing with the constant state of tension that they all would be in. You do sort of move slightly slower, until you have to f****** move much faster. You're right. It was really that. Also, we can't take entirely all of the credit. The way that Francis and the editor edited those sequences and shot them were really fantastic.

Two big films we looked at early on, both were French prison break movies of the early 60s. One is called Le Trou, which is I think The Hole, which is a true masterpiece, and the other one is called A Man Escapes, which is fantastic as well. The use of long close ups and things to build tension is really effective, and I know Francis was very into those as sort of touchstones for how he wanted to shoot this.

You're playing a real life person who really did this. What kind of pressure comes with playing a real person, versus a beloved fictional character, which is something you're quite familiar with?
That's the interesting thing about the Potter thing. I was incapable of feeling pressure, so I didn't really. I am very lucky that Chris Columbus and other people on those sets shielded us from the pressure, or feeling of that pressure. We were just on set having a great time. I think having now played real people a few times there is definitely a sense of... you feel it in different ways. I played a guy called Yossi Ghinsberg who was lost in the jungle of South America. Yossi is an incredibly brilliant, kind of vivacious character. I don't know if he said these words, but he gave me a feeling, "You were destined to play me! This is fantastic!" That helps with that kind of pressure. He was also very lovely.

more at movieweb.com.

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