Wonder Woman – Gal Gadot, Chris Pine

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INTERVIEW WITH

GAL GADOT & CHRIS PINE

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Over the years, DC has brought countless numbers of their comic book heroes to the big screen. We’ve had Superman, we’ve had Batman, and, of course, all the bad guys and gals that come with them. Hell, Heath Ledger even picked up an Oscar for his portrayal of The Joker, while The Dark Knight itself is considered one of the best films ever made. One character though who hadn’t made her big screen debut until Batman vs Superman though was Wonder Woman… something that didn’t always sit well with DC fans.

At times, it did look like Wonder Woman was never going to get her other movie. Over the years, we’ve heard of a number of Wonder Woman films that went into pre-production but were never made. Avengers director, Joss Whedon wanted to make one, and then Aussie director, George Miller wanted to make one with homegrown talent Megan Gale playing the role of DC’s strongest female hero. Of course, Gale’s name then joined a list that over the years had seen the likes of everybody from Sandra Bullock through to Angelina Jolie playing the lady with the golden lasso.

Well, now a Wonder Woman film is about to hit our screens and Heavy Magazine has been lucky enough to hear from two of the stars of the film – Gal Gadot who plays Wonder Woman herself, and Chris Pine, who not only plays Wonder Woman’s love interest but a true war hero himself.

Listening to Gadot talk and you soon realise that Wonder Woman/Diana Prince has become a character that is very close to her heart. “The beautiful thing about Wonder Woman is that she is so diverse and so many things,” she explains. “She’s everything. She can be vulnerable and sensitive and then be the greatest warrior ever because she is strong and confident. But then she can be confused, she can be all of the above. When you first meet Diana on the island, she is about five or six, and she is this curious little girl that is very courageous; who is very sassy and naughty.”

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“She is very inspired by her aunt, and she wants to learn how to fight, but she is very sheltered and very protected by her mother who does not allow her to do so. However,  she finds her ways, and she has this spark in her, and she has this fire in her eyes, and eventually, she gets her way. I think that everything Wonder Woman stands for is brilliant – she stands for justice, and she stands for peace and wisdom and love and acceptance and compassion, and all of these things are so rare and they are becoming rarer in our world.”

The relationship between Wonder Woman and spy. Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), is a very special one as Gadot is quick to explain. “The first time I see Steve is the first time I see a man in my life,” she says. “And I think that she is, Diana is immediately intrigued by him. She is very curious about him and who he is. More so though she is curious about the world that he has come from.”

So far critics have praised Chris Pine in the role of Steve Trevor, so what was it like for Gadot to work with him? “I think he is such a talented, smart and funny, funny, funny, funny guy,” she says, smiling. “People do not understand how funny he is. We had to break so many takes because he made me laugh but I felt very, very comfortable working with him.”

 

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Another big element of Wonder Woman is the amazing stunts, and for poor Gadot, that meant a lot of physical training. “I had five months of pre-production,” she explains. “I had to do horse-riding and martial arts and a lot of body work. I was lucky to be able to work with people that I admire and that really inspired me. I was so lucky Patty (Jenkins) was the one to direct me on this movie. She is such a brilliant, smart, talented person. Her vision about Wonder Woman, and by the way Wonder Woman was something that she has always been passionate about her whole life… she was very opinionated about her. She has always wanted to tell Wonder Woman’s story and her vision for Diana was very similar to mine. I remember the first time we sat together we were just talking about life and we were talking about our families. Everything was so similar, the way that we see the world Patty and I is so similar and to be able to work with someone that you get along with, that you agree creatively with on almost everything and even when we had our conflicts it was always fair and it made me think and then it made her think and we both evolved from it and the result from that was the best that we can get. As a person, she is so loving and warm and she has become a really, really close friend of mine.”

Playing Gadot’s love interest is Chris Pine, an actor who is now known to cinema lovers as Jack Ryan, and, of course, Captain Kirk from the recent adaptations of Star Trek. By the time his character meets Wonder Woman, he has already undertaken several spy missions during World War I and Pine says it has started to affected Steve, “He’s kind of world-weary figure, I suppose,” he explains. “When he comes into Diana/Wonder Woman’s life he has already seen a lot and he’s seen the ravages of the first World War. Not much is given of his backstory, but you can tell that he’s seen a fair bit of pain. Then in the story, Diana starts throwing at him that she needs to meet the God of War. I think that is so far beyond his concept of the world that he is to offer, then there is the world of magic lassos, people who can jump five stories and people that can run across No Man’s Land and single-handedly defeat everybody, but the idea of the God of War is just that much further out there he just thinks, ‘Well, you can obviously kick some pretty major ass so help me do that and you can figure out this obsession that you have with the God of War character.’”

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Pine is also full of praise for his co-stars and his director. “Sometimes in a film, that group surrounding the protagonist are never fully fleshed out and you can’t really understand why they are there and they have witty quips but they really don’t do much of anything. But these guys who have a different prism in the way that they see the world and they really compliment our lead in Diana. It works beautifully. They are all so well-rounded and such good actors. Patty is a pretty incredible human being and to be able to sit across from her and to her and watch her act out pretty much the entire film for us over two hours at lunch. She acted out the entire film and she so passionate and she is so specific and so articulate I would have pretty much just said yes for her alone. Then there is Gal, and I think the beauty of what Gal has got is that she is stunning, she is six feet tall and she is super strong emotionally, her presence is very captivating. And she also has this very beautiful spirit to her that is, and she hates me saying this, but kind of child-like and very opening, warm, and inviting. She has a wonderful maternal quality to her, she has a very deep love for the world. That’s very much a juxtaposition to Diana and Wonder Woman in this film.

Pine says he hopes that people who go to see Wonder Woman leave remembering the film’s message. “This is a very modern telling of this story,” he says.  “It’s beautifully rendered and it has a very transparent message – that no matter how ugly this world gets, no matter how much death we encounter or how many homicidal maniacs or haters are out there, or how many genocides occur, how many wars happen – there is still hope in the best part of ourselves to be good and to protect one another and to do right by one another. That’s what we need to hold onto and that is what she represents. So she’s not just your regular every day super–hero that has x, y and z capabilities and wears capes and whatever and defeats bad guys. Not only can she defeat the bad guys but she has a powerful, loving spirit aside from that – she is a saviour in some ways. She sees the best parts of ourselves.

Written by Dave Griffiths.

Interview courtesy of Warner Bros.

 

 

 

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