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interview Alec Baldwin on what it was like giving voice to Santa Claus in the just released 3D animated flick, Rise Of The Guardians

Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin

After the splendid success of Madagascar 3 , DreamWorks is showcasing a most exciting 3D action adventure, Rise Of The Guardians, in India.

Alec Baldwin speaks to us on portraying Santa Claus...

Tell us about your character in Rise Of The Guardians.

My character North is basically the embodiment of Christmas. And all the characters have a kind of alter ego. It’s all the greatest icons of childhood, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman, the Tooth Fairy and Jack Frost. We recruit him and Santa Claus to save innocence in the world.

What was it like working with Jude Law?

In order to be able to take on Jude Law in the movie, you have to have some kind of contemporising quality. Mine is the guy’s really… I don’t want to say biker, but he has a little bit of a biker look. You can just see this guy taking apart his Harley in the garage on the weekends. You know I’ve got the tattoos, ‘naughty’, ‘nice’.

Describe your experience working with director Peter Ramsey.

Peter is really a gentleman. He’s a sweet guy, focussed on the style and the tone of the film. He really understands how we have to keep the energy going with kids around. The kids are with you, you know they are with the film, and kids can be brutal critics if the film’s not edited properly; they want the movie to move. I think one of Peter’s greatest gifts is he understands that the velocity of the film is important.

What was your reaction when you saw ROTG ?

It is so beautiful, the colours and the sets. It’s a sweet story. It’s a children’s story, as it should be, but it’s so beautifully done.

What were your Christmas memories?

I come from a family of six kids and, I think, looking back, it was very simple.

My mother wanted my sister and [me] to pass through that doorway as quickly as possible, so we could then be enlisted to wrap gifts on Christmas Eve. As soon as I could tie a ribbon or use scissors, my mother was like, ‘Come here, I need to talk to you.’ The next thing you know, my sister and I were up all night wrapping. My younger brothers and sister had a wonderful childhood.


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