While the press conference for Alice in Wonderland wasn't as farcical as those for Fantastic Mr. Fox or The Men Who Stare At Goats, it was silly enough. Nevertheless, I was able to salvage some tidbits of note from the 40-odd minutes.
Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland 3D is released this week, and has enjoyed a not inconsiderable amount of buzz. Maybe it's the twinning of the oddball-mainstream director with a suitably oddball-mainstream property, maybe it's the stellar cast, featuring Burton regulars Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter appearing alongside talent such as Mia Wasikowska, Crispin Glover, Anne Hathaway, Matt Lucas, Stephen Fry and Alan Rickman.
Hours before the international Royal Premiere for the film, held last week in a rainy London, representatives from the cast and crew were bombarded by inane questions by not only the British regulars, but by a transglobal selection of keen journalists. Sort of like a United Nations Tribunal For Asking The Same Bloody Questions In Different Accents.
In attendance were Depp, Burton, Bonham Carter, Wasikowska, Glover, Hathaway, composer Danny Elfman, and producers Joe Roth and Richard D. Zanuck (but a good half, and I'm sure you can guess which, needn't have bothered turning up).
Below is a trimmed transcript, in which Depp talks about his unique approach to the Mad Hatter, Burton talks about the project and his long-standing collaborations with his favourite actors, and the group discuss whether the film's darkness makes it unsuitable for children.
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