A huge thank you to 20th Century Fox for sending us to NYC to experience The Kid Who Would Be King press event! All opinions expressed are 100% my own.
My daughter and I have been over the moon excited about The Kid Who Would Be King since we saw the first trailer. We knew this was a movie we would both love, and were thrilled to be invited by Fox for a special weekend in NYC to celebrate it’s release. We screened the movie, my daughter trained to be a knight, and we attended a press conference with the cast. Including Sir Patrick Stewart (Professor X, Captain Picard, real life Knight…). Yea, that was amazing. Also in the interview was Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Rhianna Dorris, and Director Joe Cornish!
1. Dean Was Hurt On Set
During the interview we found out that there were two versions of the swords. One version was real and heavy, and used for close up shots. The other was much lighter and used for most of the fighting and training scenes. Joe let us know that while filming someone actually got hurt. Yup, Dean, who plays Bedders, dropped a sword and it went through his toe. OUCH! Don’t worry, it was only a little cut.
2. Rhianna Took Playing Kaye Very Seriously
When you see the movie you will agree that Kaye is a very tough character. “She is very strong and inspiring, but she also has this underlying sense of vulnerability about her, and sensitivity. I think that’s very important as a female to be able to have that softness about you but also the tough strong character that you want young girls to aspire to be like.” I couldn’t agree more because my daughter walked out of this film wanting to be like Kaye!
3. Bullying Plays A Big Role In The Film
Bullying is a major part of The Kid Who Would Be King. Lance and Kaye start off as bullies to Alex and Bedders, but become allies, just like in the tale of King Arthur. Someone asked everyone what advice they had for kids who were being bullied. Louis said “don’t suffer in silence” and went on the explain that kids who are being bullied need to find someone they can trust to tell, anyone. Rhianna agreed with this, especially as someone who played a bully. She said the bully is usually going through something themselves and they are deflecting that pain on to you.
Joe spoke up and said that he has learned, with age (and everyone laughed), that the bullies don’t do well in life. “It’s the people that are bullied that usually get on in life. And bullies have usually got some sort of problem with their own lives.” He also agreed that Louis had some excellent advice, to not suffer in silence.
4. Sir Patrick Stewart Was a Bully As A Child
Sir Patrick Stewart had to add in that he was a bully when he was younger. Yea, the whole room was shocked. I think we all gasped when he admitted it. Patrick let us know that this is something he hasn’t ever talked about in public before.
“I came from a background where my home life wasn’t particularly safe. I don’t need to say anything more on that. The example that I was being given was a very bad one. I look back at what I did at that time and I’m ashamed of what I did. I felt that in some way I had to make myself feel important and the only way that I could do that was to control other children. I cannot make my family responsible for who I was and what I was but it was an element. I deeply regret it and it’s part of one of the reasons I have become an activist on the issue of domestic violence. For me, it’s a way of apologizing.”
5. Joe Came Up With This Idea When He Was 12
I was totally shocked when the director, Joe Cornish, let us know that the story of The Kid Who Would Be King is something he came up with when he was 12 years old. I absolutely loved that my daughter was in the room for this interview because now she has a confidence that things she dreams of now, can become a reality. In fact, Joe pointed that out to all the kids in the room, saying not to give up on your dreams. The big battle at the end was a fantasy that he had in his head when he was 12, and is his favorite scene in the film. “I lived next to a big school and I fantasized that there would be this massive battle with undead knights. And all the kids would ganging up into an army and fighting them.”
6. The Hardest Scenes to Film
When asked what the hardest scene in the movie to film was, both Louis said the pond water scene because you have to keep your energy up, and still act, and be careful with the swords. Rhianna agreed that the lake scene was a really intense scene compared to the rest of the film, in terms of the emotion. We all chuckled when Joe butted in saying he didn’t believe that for a second.
“I would like to contract what they said. We built a pool to be a lake and filled it with chlorine to keep everyone safe. I got terrible chlorine burns all over my face and body. These kids were in there like it was Sunday afternoon at the local pool. Literally like little dolphins, so I don’t know what all this ‘it was hard work’ business is. It was hard work for me to stop you splashing around.”
Sir Patrick Stewart added in that for him, one of the hardest parts was doing the hand motions for the magic spells. “I found it very difficult to learn the hand movements because they had to be exact. There was one sequence in particular that I had to copy something that we already saw Angus do. That was challenging.” Patrick added that catching the Cherryaide cup in one of the scenes was also difficult. He let us know that someone was above him dropping a cup, that he had to catch, and it took him a great deal of times to finally do it.
7. Why They Wanted to Do The Movie
I was so proud of my daughter for asking a question to the cast. She wanted to know what made the actors want to do the movie. Louis spoke up that after he got the script, “I realized what a great part it was, and how well written it was.” Rhianna let us know that after she read the script, the whole thing in general made her really excited about it. “The tale of a boy that goes from being almost nothing, to a king – I liked that story. And just the fact that it was a modern adaptation, and the medieval period just dumped in to the modern world, I thought that was pretty cool.”
But my favorite answer was from Sir Patrick Stewart. He pointed out something that I had, in fact, thought of myself. He was finally able to add playing a wizard as a notch in his acting belt. “Two other actors who I have known all my career, which is getting on sixty years now…it seemed to me that all my friends were playing wizards.” he then added that his initial excitement was that he was finally going to play a wizard.
About The Kid Who Would Be King
Old school magic meets the modern world in the epic adventure THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING. Alex thinks he’s just another nobody, until he stumbles upon the mythical Sword in the Stone, Excalibur. Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights and, together with the legendary wizard Merlin (Stewart), take on the wicked enchantress Morgana. With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be.