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Interview: Cast of “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”

Interview: Cast of “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”

Interview: Cast of “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”
August 20
14:11 2013

Preston Barta / Film Critic

Based on the first book of Cassandra Clare’s acclaimed series, “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” follows Clary Fray (Lily Collins) as she joins forces with others like her to protect the world from demons.

The North Texas Daily had the chance to sit down and speak with Collins and her co-star Jamie Campbell Bower (“The Twilight Saga”) about their new film and the fantasy genre.

Obviously, coming into this project this is a series that is extremely well beloved by a number of people. What kind of pressure do you feel when portraying a character that so many people have already envisioned in their minds?

Lily Collins: “Well, I think coming into this situation, I was a fan of the books before I was cast because of any actress who would have played Clary, I would have definitely had expectations and my own idea of who and how Clary should be played.

I just think there comes a certain point at which I had to separate myself as an actor and realize that I’m going to put little bits of myself in there and really play honor to the way that Cassandra wrote Clary, but also take on a life of its own by making her a little bit more Lily.

So, I tried not to think about all the pressures of playing Clary when I was playing her because I think that would only really distract me. I think once we got on set none of us were really thinking about what expectations were put on us, other than the ones we were putting on ourselves.”

Jamie Campbell Bower: “Yeah, obviously, there’s preconceived notions of who these characters are. The fact of the matter is we’re not going to be able to please everybody. But here’s the thing, we were cast in the movie. In that sense, somebody had to see something in us that stuck out that they believed in. So with that, we take elements of ourselves, like Lily just said, and we also take the bible that casting has given us, the books, and you work out who you want these people to be in just over worth of two hours worth of visage.”

Would you say that the fantasy genre is something that really attracts you?

Bower: “I’m English, so I suppose I’m always cast either as the weirdo or as someone who has a little bit of something wrong with them. That’s how my career has gone. Let’s be honest here, you look at the movie industry. At the moment, the movie industry is an industry that is in a little bit of trouble.

Studios need to make movies that they know people will go and see, so an adaptation of a book that has sold over 22 million copies, or however many, is a bankable bet. I’m just thankful and happy and proud that we made it so good because there have been adaptations that haven’t been anywhere near as good as this.

So when it comes to fantasy I just suppose everyone likes to be taken away from the mundane elements of life.”

Collins: “I personally have always loved fantasy. That’s why, for me, playing Snow White in ‘Mirror, Mirror’ with Julia Roberts was such a big deal. I grew up loving ‘Harry Potter’ and anything magical. But for me, this series was the one that popped out from those, and I’m thankful that I got to be involved in it. But the concept is edgier, darker and a bit sexier. It’s also quite funny. These are all elements that I didn’t really find in the other ones.

But I definitely love to escape reality for a little while, and if I get to be a part of that with other people with me in that kind of journey, then that’s awesome to say that’s my job.”

“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” opens in theaters nationwide tomorrow.

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