This weekend, a ton of new interviews with Jamie Campbell Bower (“Caius” in the Twilight Saga) came around to celebrate the debut of his new Starz series Camelot. In them, Bower explained that the series aims to offer a new take on the story of the Knights of the Round Table and he hopes it’ll engage all sorts of demographics.
As said to MTV (video for this and others discussed below attached in the sidebar):
“You will meet the characters that you know so well, but you will not see them in the same vein that you’ve seen them before. You will meet Arthur, who’s a young boy living a very comfortable existence and then torn from that and taken to Camelot. You’ll meet Merlin, but not as you’ve seen him before, he doesn’t have a pointy hat or a long white beard or a wand. He’s played by Joseph Fiennes who’s just phenomenal. And you will see the world that the show takes place in.”
Put simply to the Wall Street Journal, “We wanted this character to be the thinking man’s king; not the barbarian that people may have the opinion of in their minds.”
Approaching the role, he explained to Teen Vogue, was both “exciting, but [also] a huge challenge.”
“I wanted to bring a reality and humanism to the character. It’s not about being a king, but about being a teenage boy—dealing with those problems. The character you see in the first episode is not the same Arthur you see in episode ten—there’s a huge progression.”
That progression, apparently, went hand-in-hand with Bower’s own experience helming his first leading role. To the New York Post, he said:
“Everything that was happening to me in real life was happening to Arthur. This is my first major role playing number one – I was confused, conflicted, nervous, scared, which are all the same things Arthur’s experiencing. He’s torn from his home and thrown into this position of power, so we were feeling the same things. As we progressed, I became more focused, more solid, more aware of who I was – and as I did that, Arthur did that too. By episode 10 there is this focus and drive and masculinity that comes through in the character and that’s terribly exciting for me to watch.”
He also talked a bit about his two film franchises, The Twilight Saga and Harry Potter.
With Access Hollywood, he shared what fans might expect to see from him and the Volturi in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.
“You get to see a lot more of the Volturi in both parts . . . and it’s exciting, it’s really exciting. You get to see just how twisted and sordid and horrible we really are . . . and also very camp as well, but not too camp.”
As for what he took from the sets . . .
“I have my seat back from the second Twilight, Part 1 of Breaking Dawn and Part 2, so I have three seatbacks with each of my names and also the film names on them, so that’s cool. I wanted to steal a wand from the Potter set, but it’s kind of on lockdown at the moment.”
His ankle injury from working on Camelot, it seems, became quite a painful problem for him on the set of Breaking Dawn (from Teen Vogue).
“It was great filming in Baton Rouge. I had actually broken my ankle working on Camelot, so I turned up on set with a boot on. They made me take it off and work without it. I’d have to put it on in-between takes. It was blood, sweat, and tears, but that’s the stuff you’re proud of.”
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