Toby Jones Talks Celebrity and Catching Fire
ET Online sat down to chat with Toby Jones about his role in HBO’s new project ‘The Girl’, with the discussion also covering Toby’s views on celebrity and a little on ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’:
ETonline: This film also deals with one’s perception in and of Hollywood. Now that you’ve worked on massive movies like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, I’m curious what your take on the cult of celebrity is.
Jones: I hope this isn’t interpreted wrongly, but it feels like there is such an industrialization of premieres and celebrity that it has become its own industry alongside the making of movies. I think, in a weird way, that de-glamorizes it. Somewhere the glamour has gone because of the industrialization of this whole process. I wish it felt as magical and glamorous as people want it to be, but it feels like a routine people are going through. I love making movies, I love trying to make them as good as I can, but I feel like sometimes the marketing and publicity around the movie, becomes the most important part of it.
ETonline: And then you have on-set photos coming out in the middle of production as paparazzi swarm the set. Now that it’s become such a successful and watched franchise, does making Catching Fire feel any differently now than making The Hunger Games did.
Jones: Not so far. We’re blessed with, as we were on Harry Potter, lead actors who are amazingly grounded people. Jennifer [Lawrence] is amazingly grounded in the midst of all this to do. It must be unnerving and hard to relate to the amount of attention she generates. She and Josh [Hutcherson] seem very, very grounded. They’re getting down to the film like they did last time.
ETonline: As one of the few people who has read the Catching Fire script, what do you make of it?
Jones: It’s a bit of relief, I must say. I was worried it might just be repetitive, but it’s not. The script is just tremendous!
ETonline: Is it odd being a part of this massive production, yet pretty much only working with one other actor in front of a greenscreen?
Jones: Totally. But that’s how it felt doing [the voice of] Dobby as well. You come in as this satellite part of the film, so I only see Stanley [Tucci] in my scenes. These kinds of movies have so many different components; it’s about as different from doing The Girl as you could imagine.
Any news on the script is welcome, so it’s fabulous to see Toby call it tremendous! You can read the rest of the interview at ET Online.