"The book is an ocean, the film, a reflection of the work from which it comes" (Matthew Macfadyen Interview Oct 2011)

Another interview done in Spain at the San Sebastian Film Festival.  Again found by the wonderful Carmen. 

You can read the original Spanish interview HERE.

Below is the google translation into English. Blame google for the poor translation.




Matthew MacFadyen


"The Three Musketeers" of Paul WAS Anderson ("Mortal Combat", "Resident Evil") is yet another version, this time in 3D, from the novel by Alexander Dumas. Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D'Artagnan return in a live production that ships flying ninjas and tape in a thrilling action adventure. The cast, the young Logan Lerman, Matthew Macfadyen, Orlando Bloom, Milla Jovovich ...

Matthew Macfadyen is a renowned English actor of television and theater, famous for taking part in films like "Pride and Prejudice" by Joe Wright (the film that gave him some international prominence), "Robin Hood" by Ridley Scott and "Death at a Funeral" by Frank Oz.

After his role as Athos, in which he is disappointed and heart broken in "The Three Musketeers", he will be acting inh a new version of Leo Tolstoy's novel "Anna Karenina" with Joe Wright. The Briton is a simple nice guy, wonderful voice and strange blue eyes. Wearing a "bushy" beard and a simple jersey, he welcomes us into one of the preparations for the event in September at the Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastian.

Regular theaters, works both for cinema and television. What do you think about 3D? Some say he has not had much success ...

I am not convinced too. Occasionally I go to the cinema to see films with my kids. And yes, it is true that there are amazing moments and some films do have a sense, like this one from "The Three Musketeers", but ... (Laughter)

Talk about your children as a potential audience. Perhaps this type of format, news, is a departure from the industry to attract young people ...

In a film like this, "The Three Musketeers," which is very visual, very funny movie, makes sense. In addition, the director has used the best 3D cameras currently on the market.

"The Three Musketeers" is one of those movies that bring together all the ingredients necessary to work at the box office: adventure, love stories ...

Adventures, fights, love, young handsome Orlando Bloom. The ingredients needed to attract younger people (laughs).

I read once how he told a journalist that you differentiate (it was in the case of "Pride and Prejudice") between a script and the original novel, that is, working on script. Are we talking about dialogue between texts rather than adaptation?

Totally agree with that idea. Always read the books, mind you. It was an English journalist who was bothering me, I told him I had not read the novel "Pride and Prejudice" just to annoy (laugh). He had obviously read the novel. The book speaks to your mind, you open worlds, talking to you. I always read the book first. The book is an ocean, the film, a reflection of the work from which it comes. But I am convinced that when you do the film wheels Based on the script. It occurs to me an example of fidelity between the book and movie, the case of "The Remains of the day," a magnificent novel of Kazuo Ishiguro ("The Remains of the Day") and James Ivory film great.

And how was shooting with a team like "The Three Musketeers"? It seems to work also passed it well ...

Yes, with makeup, boots ... It was fun, like being at carnivals ... (Laughs).

"The book is an ocean, the film, a reflection of the work from which it comes"