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Adapting a young adult novel into a film can be a difficult task for any director given how these novels usually have a passionate fan base and, as such, the film adaptation will be scrutinised to a ridiculous degree. Still, despite this reality, Kenneth Branagh took the plunge and decided to direct a movie adaptation of Artemis Fowl. In an interview with Collider, Kenneth Branagh was given the chance to speak about the film.
Here is what Kenneth Branagh had to say on casting someone unknown to play Artemis in Artemis Fowl:
“It felt probably, that was given the age range, it was likely to be the case. Although, there’s some fantastic actors of that kind of age. What I guess we did feel was, they did feel it would probably be doing something for the movie if that actor really was Irish.”
“We auditioned probably 1,200 boys, anybody in Ireland who applied. People from all over the world. Absolutely from all over the world. A tough one was people from other cultures or backgrounds doing an Irish accent. It’s tough, for the best in terms there’s so many of them.”
“They are in every nation, there’s always a trillion accents, so there isn’t a single one. There is a sort of a little free cultural free song that you get out of a kid. In his case he comes from Kilkenny.”
“Lara McDonnell, who plays Holly Short, who’s part of a fairy world that appears to be underneath Ireland. She also happens to be Irish. That helped, I think, locate something quite distinct in the tone of the movie. We hear the accents so much, that it feels as though we just really are in another place.”
“But, ultimately it was the known, unknown was less of an issue, than does it, that elusive thing that in making anything creative, does it seem or feel right? Whatever right is.”
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