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I'm finally here. Can't wait for all of you to see my new film @romeojulietfilm, in theaters 10/11— Ed Westwick (@EdWestwick) October 3, 2013
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Our excitement about the new Romeo & Juliet only grew after chatting with Ed Westwick, who plays Romeo's rival, Tybalt. Ed gave us a call to talk about the classic love story, his favorite scene and how he chooses his roles.
"I've always been very intrigued by the character [Tybalt], ever since I was a youngster," Ed told us. "I was playing somebody trapped between generations. I think during that period, the Renaissance, it was a changing time. What I wanted to bring was a character that was somewhat struggling with adapting times."
We couldn't help but think of Ed's famous role as Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl when we saw him as Tybalt, but Ed kept them very separate. "I see them as different individuals," he said. "They're from generations apart, and I think Tybalt is motivated by what he knows. As opposed to Chuck, who is a playboy. Tybalt was far from a playboy."
Romeo & Juliet is known for its tragic love story, but Ed's favorite scene was far from that. "I enjoyed the fight from the bridge between the two rival households," he told us. "There was a gust of wind when we were shooting it which blew a lot of sand off the floor and it really created this amazing image. It was completely unintentional."
Trying to find a balance between a classic and modern day can be tricky. "The language is tweaked," Ed said. "A lot of the original verse is there, but parts are changed and made more accessible to an audience who perhaps isn't familiar with the original Shakespeare language--old English." But he assures us the heart and soul of the original dialogue is still there: "It maintains the core message of the story."
Ed definitely chooses his roles wisely and strategically, but what does it really come down to? "I think if you get a script and you're 15 pages in and it's not grabbing you--I don't think that's going to be the one," he said. "It's all about the great stories, the people you're going to work with--and you want to feel that you can do something with the character."
THIS ROMEO AND JULIET STAR HAS OTHER PLANS
We all remember Ed Westwick's portrayal of bad boy Chuck Bass. Now the sexy Brit is on the big screen, playing Romeo's rival Tybalt in the latest adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. We sat down to with Ed to see if he plans to return to TV any time soon.
Actor Ed Westwick seems like the perfect choice for the role of Tybalt, Juliet's cousin and family drama instigator. But we wanted to know if he would have prefered to play Romeo. His answer? "Honestly, no."
It's surprising that he'd choose the fighter over the lover, but Westwick told us, "I've always admired Tybalt. To give you some background, I first came across this project around three years ago and I said to my representation, I have to play this part! Please help me get this part. And, fortunately, I had the opportunity."
We asked him about his favorite part of making the film. "Absolutely everything," said Westwick. "To deal with a piece of work that was adapted by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey), we all know he's an absolute genius."
Westwick said he also really enjoyed filming in Italy, "To be in the palazzos and be surrounded by pieces of history and working with a cast and crew who were lovely — it was inspiring." Wow, it does sound wonderful.
While one of the movie's themes deals with forbidden love, this Filthy Youth rocker says he doesn't take a lot of risks when it comes to matters of the heart.
"Unfortunately," said Westwick, "I safeguard myself a bit more than Romeo and Juliet. They fall head over heels at first sight, so I haven't experienced anything like that, I'm afraid."
Because many of us remember the Baz Luhrmann version of R&J, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, we asked him what he thought will make this new version of the classic romantic-tragedy exciting for audiences. Westwick made it clear that this script doesn't stick to Shakespeare's often dense iambic pentameter. The dialogue has been freshened up to make it easier to understand.
"It's an adaptation that will, I think, open up the language and the story while conveying the true essence of the original work," said Westwick. "Through doing the adaptation, we achieve something that really makes it attractive to every audience. It makes it a little more accessible."
On working with Homeland's Damian Lewis, Westwick told us that during the first bonding session with the cast, they all went out for dinner and drinks, "And I couldn't help myself but tell him how much of a fan I am of Homeland. He's amazing and inspiring. For me, he steals the show when he's in the bedroom telling Juliet she will marry Paris. Damian's brilliant in that."
We told Westwick how much we missed seeing him on TV every week and we asked if he'd ever return to the small screen. "I never say no," he told us. He added, "There's a lot of fantastic work coming out on television right now. And, obviously, anybody would be lucky to be involved in some of these productions, but for now, I'm enjoying trying to work on films, experiencing new characters and new environments and that's what I'd like to do right now." He did, however, admit he had a fantastic time working on Gossip Girl.
Ed Westwick Talks ‘Romeo & Juliet,’ Love and ‘Gossip Girl’
Recently, we were able to catch up with Ed, and chatted with him about what he thought was the most intimidating scene to film, Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth‘s chemistry, the craziest thing he’s done for love, and much, much more!
For the full interview, start reading the bloody good Q&A below!
Was there one particular scene you were intimidated to take on?
There was one that was very intimidating I don’t think I probably got it right. They probably edited it so it looks alright. It was the dancing scene, I can’t remember the name of the exact dance. That was intimidating to me because during the period when the story’s set there was very traditional dances and obviously they played a big part at banquets, that was entertainment for the guests. It was very different from anyway people usually dance these days. But it was interesting and I hope that it’s okay.
Aside from Romeo & Juliet, what other works of Shakespeare do you think should be required for everyone to learn?
That’s a bloody good question. I think with Shakespeare a lot of his work was a lot about the commentary of the time and the politics as well. Richard III was especially interesting because it touched on many things. I love Hamlet I think Hamlet’s a wonderful story and then obviously Macbeth. This is one of these questions where you can never really pick one play. The man has such an amazing body of work. I might be wrong, but what I heard was that they were cutting Romeo and Juliet from the curriculum in England, which I thought was quite tragic. I’m hoping that maybe this film can bring it back, we need to educate the children about the greatest romance and tragedy of all time.
How do you think the love at first sight feeling has been altered thanks to modern technology?
Well if you look at all of the online dating match up things, that’s a huge thing. Personally, I properly believe in love at first sight in this day and age. Especially in a town like L.A. where there are so many, I hate to use the word distraction or temptations, but there are a lot of beautiful people running around this town. So if somebody falls in love at first sight here it’s genuine, I mean it’s a really special thing. Yeah I mean it has changed the whole concept of love and falling in love has change but however anybody finds someone and it’s real it doesn’t matter as long as it happens.
Tell me about what it was like working with Hailee and Douglas? Describe their chemistry.
I think they were both great. Honestly, I didn’t really have any scenes with the both of them. The development of their relationship happens in secret but I felt like they were both very committed and very very talented. I think on screen the chemistry shows and I’m very proud of the work they did.
How did you prepare for this role? Was there training involved? What was that process like?
We worked with these guys called the Monsters of Arms who are absolutely brilliant. I think they worked on Gladiator actually. They were geniuses and they really helped us to create the best, and I think original, they really wanted to do something original with the fight sequences. And we worked at it a lot and it was actually one of the most enjoyable things, it’s something I’ve never really done. It was something new, something exhilarating and yeah, exciting, enjoyable.
Was there anything you held onto, maybe wardrobe-wise that you wanted to keep?
No I mean I would’ve loved to have kept some of the costume. The doublets, which were the fashion of the time. But no we didn’t get to keep anything, which was quite tragic.
Who is a more menacing character Tybalt or Chuck Bass?
Tybalt, completely. I feel like they are very, very, very different. At the end of the day Tybalt, wields a sword and I don’t think Chuck Bass ever pulled out a sword. He was quite sharp and dangerous with his tongue. They’re very different characters, and that was another thing for me which was great because playing the same role for six years it was very important for me to go onto to something else and experience a different character and a different journey and work with different people. I felt very good at the end of that piece of work.
What do you think is the craziest thing you’ve ever done for love?
That’s a difficult question because it’s very broad concept. I mean you can talk about things you do when you have a significant other or something like that. But what I believe right now actually focuses around something else. I spent the summer actually back in England because my father died and that was probably the most significant thing of love was to be there with my family and share that love and feel that love together. When it comes to a woman or whatever I don’t really know.
Aside from Romeo & Juliet, what’s your favorite love story?
I’m huge huge fan of the movies Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight. I think they are absolutely brilliant and you know just fantastic pieces of cinema. So currently those movies are really something to me. I also adore Notting Hill.
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