Saw 3D Q&A Cary Elwes on his return to the horror franchise, The Princess Bride and Tintin
You were in the first Saw and that was epic viewing. What can you tell us about the new one?
Well, we pick up where the first one left off and after that there's not a lot I can tell you. I'm contractually obligated not to. I think they want you all to see it. Did you enjoy it? [Cue: much whooping]
How has the success of the franchise changed things since the first film?
Well, a lot's changed thanks to the fans and I really have to thank you guys for that. We ended up winning the Guinness Book of Records for the most successful horror in movie history. And we have nicer trailers now too.
The end of Saw is one of the greatest moments in movie history, thanks for that Cary. What drew you to the project in the first place?
I these met sweet guys from Melbourne who had this great passion for the ideas and was really drawn to that. Originally they were going to make it with their own money so the economics drove the idea. They thought, We can't afford sets, so we'll have one room. What's the smallest room? A bathroom. Then they had to work out how to keep the characters there and they came up with chaining them to it. But I was just blown away by their passion. They even came up from Melbourne on the train with the doll sitting next to them. Even though we could only raise $1m, that seemed a lot of money for them. We shot it in 18 days - 12-15 pages of dialogue a day. There was no sitting around, no trailers. I was chained to the wall for a long, long time. It was great fun. I was really proud of it and glad to be a part of it.
This is recently a question but I just wanted to say The Princess Bride is awesome.
Wow, thank you! [Genuinely abashed}
Which film do you get quoted at you the most?
Oh, Princess Bride. I still get letters and children attacking me on the street with swords. My grave will probably have ‘As you wish' on it. It's mostly Princess Bride. I don't get much Hot Shots.
I'm a huge Seinfeld fan. What was it like working with Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David?
Really amazing, When I got the call I thought they'd got the wrong number. I was very nervous turning up. I thought they'd think of me as a fraud and kick me off. They were very funny and great to work with. Larry would just sit there reading the trades, and Jerry and those guys were brilliant. I had to work hard not to ruin takes by laughing.
What's your favourite trap in the Saw films?
Well, the reverse bear trap was pretty inventive. In 3D I think you'll be wonderfully surprised and excited by what it's got in store
What can you tell us about Tintin?
How did that come about for you? It's a funny story if you've got a second, because I'm a huge fan of Tintin. I've got all the books at home - they're pretty dishevelled - and when my daughter's a bit older I'm going to read them to her. So Steven Spielberg came down to the set of A Christmas Carol because he's friends with Robert Zemeckis and was there while I was filming a scene - no pressure. He came over afterwards and said, I'm shooting Tintin. It's got Jamie Bell and Andy Serkis and it's going to be a lot of fun. And I said, [Stutters] Mr... Mr... Spielberg, I'm a really big fan of Tintin. I have to be in it. He did that Hollywood thing: Yeah, yeah, we'll see. Then two weeks later my wife and I are in a grocery store, and my wife says, Honey, that's Steven Spielberg. I say there's no way Spielberg is grocery shopping on his own, he has people to do that for him. But there he was, shopping for cereal by himself. So I went up to him and said, Steven... er, Tintin? [Laughs] He said, You know what, I think I have one part left. Do you speak French? and I said [adopts best Allo Allo!] But of course!