ETHEREAL actress Tilda Swinton on her hopes of reprising her role as Narnia’s chilling villainess in a film adaptation of The Magician’s Nephew – and why she and Brad Pitt share a dirty sense of humour…
Otherworldly artist, actress and ultimate snow queen Tilda Swinton wants to return to Narnia as the child-stealing, winter-loving White Witch.
In a live Q&A on reddit.com, Tilda, 54, said she hoped to appear in a film adaptation of the prequel to The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, the most famous of CS Lewis’s Narnia books, in which four children, assorted fauns, centaurs, talking animals and a Christ-like lion defeat the sorceress holding the fantasy land in her icy grip.
“I have always hoped that there would be the chance to make The Magician’s Nephew, the prequel to The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe – such a fantastic story.. the creation of Narnia and the Witch driving a coach and four horses around Victorian London at breakneck speed.. but no word as yet.. let’s cross our fingers.”
But asked whether she might return to the role of Orlando, the gender-swapping hero-turned-heroine of Virginia Woolf’s tale, Tilda said: “Orlando is a very dear memory for me: it was the first time I had worked alongside a project for so long – it took us five years, from first deciding to try to make it, to finishing the film – and Sally is a great friend of mine.
“We thought at the time we would never get to the finish with it but once it was done, we realised we savoured every minute of the ride. If you mean would I ever play another cross-dressing, gender transitioning, four hundred-year-old English aristocrat again, I feel like saying it’s not likely, as those stories aren’t told so often… but then again, Orlando never feels very far away from me, somehow.”
Currently promoting thriller Snowpiercer about survivors of an environmental apocalypse aboard a globe-traversing train, Tilda introduced herself and the film, directed by Boon Joon Ho, on Reddit.
“Chris Evans is the lead in this film and completely rocks it and I pop up alongside him occasionally, as do the great John Hurt, Song Kang Ho, Ko Asung. Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, Ed Harris, Alison Pill and many more. We had a BLAST making the film and are super proud of it.”
Her enthusiastic manner seems at odds with her seemingly frosty, high-fashion public appearances. But in fact, Tilda is clearly game for a laugh, particularly of the nudge, nudge, wink, wink variety – especially with Brad Pitt while making The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
When asked about an interesting experience she had while filming, she replied: “The time when [director David] Fincher failed to notice that BP and I had arranged two potatoes and a carrot in a specific configuration on the kitchen table we were sitting at.. and had to have it pointed out to him at the END of a take…”
She also admitted her love of comics including Will Ferrell, Brit satirist Chris Morris, Father Ted writer Graham Linehan and Bill Murray, saying, “comedy = lifeblood”.