While filming Breaking Dawn, the last installment of The Twilight Saga in Vancouver, Billy Burke took some time to speak with Movie Fanatic about his upcoming film Red Riding Hood, his currently in theaters movie, Drive Angry 3D, and of course, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.
Burke also asked that we put out a word for him to express his desire to work with Natalie Portman one day.
Check out the rest of the interview below.
Talk about your role in Red Riding Hood.
It’s a slightly, pun the metaphor, but off the path of the fairytale and I play Red Riding Hoods drunken, misguided father. It was one of the most beautiful sets I’ve ever been on. I kind of look like the drunken jolly green giant. [laughs]
Were you excited to work with Catherine Hardwicke again?
Absolutely. I love her to death, and I always have a special place in my heart for her. When she called me and pitched me the movie and the idea, I was all in. She created the Twilight world and she did an amazing job with that, and I figured if anyone could make a picture like this, it would be her.
People are comparing this movie to Twilight. Why do you think that is?
Here’s what my guess is. There is a love triangle. There’s a young girl and two gentlemen vying for her attention. That’s probably the biggest comparison. Other than that, there’s a wolf in it. [laughs] There’s sweeping shots across the mountains in the trailer and there were some in Twilight, so I think that’s what people are looking at.
How was it working with Amanda Seyfried?
Love her to death. She’s a lovely person, we got along great. We remain friends. She, myself and my wife are all still in contact and she’s a good chick. Extremely talented.
Talk about Drive Angry 3D.
I had way to much fun making that movie. I had a blast.
How is filming in 3D different than regular?
Not at all. For the actors, you would never know. The cameras look a bit different, but you’re not asked to do anything or perform a different way for the 3D effect.
How did you like filming the action scenes?
The first part of my career was a lot of action, so I was happy to get back into it. I did as much as I could. I had a stunt double, but I don’t believe they actually used him once. Amber Heard was down for all of her tricks in this movie too, she was a trooper. She got the shit beat out of her. She’s a chick bad-ass. I for one certainly would not want to fuck with her in a dark alley. [laughs]. She’s not tiny, she’s full on. We had a fight scene, and it was a lot - we had a lot of physical stuff to do and she was there for the entire thing. I think there was maybe one sequence where her double was used, but other than that she was there. I was way more exhausted than her. [laughs]
Any update you can give me on Breaking Dawn?
I’m here in Vancouver right now filming. The stache is here in all its glory. After this film, I’m not sure the stache in this form will ever return to my face. This has been a great gig for me. I don’t think that there’s any relief at all, if there were more books and more movies, I’d probably keep coming back. It’s a fun role to play and I love the peeps involved. As far as being sad, I don’t know if that’s going to happen. I’m certainly not going to be glad, though.
Fans are dying to know if the scene between Charlie and Bella after the wedding be kept in the movie?
I do have a scene with Kristen directly after the wedding, before they take off for the honeymoon.
How is your music going?
The first record is out there. In my spare time up here, I use it for writing and putting together what might be my second album.