Marlborough pupil interviews the stars on red carpet
3:00pm Saturday 2nd November 2013 in Latest News
Oscar-winning actors Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson have become the latest interview subjects for 14-year-old Jack Callaghan from Great Bedwyn, as part of his role as a junior reporter for the national film education programme FILMCLUB.
Jack, who attends St John’s School in Marlborough, interviewed stars Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Irish actor Colin Farrell and Ruth Wilson on the red carpet at the closing gala premiere of the 57th BFI London Film Festival in London’s Leicester Square about their latest film, Saving Mr Banks.
The young reporter asked the actors, screenwriter Kelly Marcel and director John Lee Hancock about the film, which follows the story of author P L Travers (Emma Thompson), as she reflects on her difficult childhood while meeting with filmmaker Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) during production for the adaptation of her novel, Mary Poppins.
Jack asked the Oscar-winner a series of questions including about the real Walt Disney.
He asked: “Being such a legendary figure, was it hard to recreate him as a human?”
Hanks replied: “No, that’s my job. My job is to go in and inhabit another suit of clothes and make everybody think its come to life.
“When that happens you actually have a sense of where you’re going and how you wanna make it…well that’s the best job there is. Almost as good as dressing up in a goofy hat and coming down here and asking questions.”
Mr Hanks had a joke with Jack on the carpet, pinching his questions and reading them out himself, saying: “‘The songs bring out the child in P L Travers, what brings out the child in you?’ “That’s a good question, I like that. Erm, staying up late and eating pizza.”
Watch Jack’s interviews here: http://tinyurl.com/pbmgd85 Jack went to see a preview screening of the Disney film in the morning to help him prepare his questions.
Jack has been a reporter for FILMCLUB for a a couple of years and previous assignments have included interviewing Sir Michael Caine, Emily Blunt, Matt Lucas, and reporting from the premieres of Cars 2 and Gnomeo and Juliet.
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