David Yates, Alexander Skarsgard, and Margot Robbie have just done a press conference and Q and A with media in London. GayTimes Magazine initiates the discussion of a sequel to Legend of Tarzan, and also contains some interesting insights from Alexander Skarsgard that we haven’t heard before, in which he talks about his father’s love of Tarzan movies and how that introduced him to the character that he would eventually play, as well as some new comments from David Yates about the casting of Skarsgard.
Today we got to catch a fairly long look at the upcoming David Yates movie the Legend of Tarzan – to call it an epic would probably be an understatement.
The stunning visuals, excellent casting in the form of Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L Jackson, and sheer scale of the production look like it will prove to be a hit with audiences when the movie eventually swings into cinemas on July 8. It’s no surprise that the studio and writers are already planning a sequel…
“We have an outline which we’re very excited about,” revealed David Yates at the end of a London press conference. Alexander Skarsgard quickly chimed in: “Yeah it’s called Tarzan gains weight, or Tarzan eats cake. I wrote it!” The strict diet and training regime to develop Tarzan’s jaw dropping abs was clearly quite intense for poor Alex.
In fact it was a delight for Alex, who told us that the role was quite personal for him and his family: “My Dad was, and is, a massive Tarzan fan,” he explained. “When he was a kid, every Saturday, he would go to to the matinée and watch Johnny Weissmuller on the big screen. And growing up he’d have these VHS cassettes that we’d watch, so that was my introduction to the character, and how I fell in love with Tarzan and that world. That was 70 years ago when those movies came out, so I wasn’t too daunted to be honest with you.“Tonally it’s so different, the take on the story and the character – It didn’t feel like I was taking over from someone who did it two years ago, that everyone loved. So much time has passed. I’ll never compete with Johnny Weissmuller, but I just wanted to impress my father. He was more excited than I was!”
Yates, on casting Skarsgard:
Director David Yates went on to talk about how Alex was the perfect choice for the role. He knew “really early on,” that it had to be Alex. “Finding a really good actor with a really good body is actually quite tricky,” David explained to the press conference.“Someone who can act really brilliantly, which Alex can, but who also look fantastic without any clothes on… That combination is difficult to find. And Alex has both of those… Gifts. “Because we were reinventing and recreating this character for a new audience, the Tarzan in my head was tall and vertical and had real length… So to speak. And I love Alex’s verticality, his poise, his grace and I felt that Tarzan in the past always felt really wide and square. We need someone to be an English lord with poise, and yet swing through the jungle and be amazingly dexterous in a very natural environment.”
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