Gemma Arterton tells how she beat Eva Green to new film role

21-Feb-2013 • Actor News

Bond girl Gemma Arterton told Metro how her ‘really filthy sense of humour’ is what led director Tommy Wirkola to cast her in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters ahead of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’s Noomi Rapace and former Bond Girl Eva Green.

As an actress, Arterton, who already has a Bafta Rising Star nomination to her credit, prefers to ‘do big/small, big/small’ when it comes to picking movies. This year, however, she’s made a new resolution. ‘I’ve decided to shun the “big” side for a bit,’ she says. ‘Over Christmas, I turned down this huge, very commercial film – I can’t tell you which but it’s one of those feel-good family films you know is going to be a massive smash but I felt this unease about doing it.’

Why? It sounds fun. ‘I think that I’m… I’m…’ she hesitates, carefully, looking worried. I want to hug her. ‘It’s delicate in that it’s this bizarre line where you have be a bit of a “name” to get the financing for the smaller films but if you don’t have the respect and credentials as an actor, you probably won’t get asked to do the really covetable roles.

‘I want to work with good directors and good writers and do really unusual things. You can’t sit on the fence in this job. You have to be strong.’

Click here to read the entire interview on Metro.

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