Video: The White Witch Speaks

Posted December 5, 2010 8:59 pm by Glumpuddle

TrailerAddict has added videos of the cast and crew talking about the film. Tilda Swinton talks a little about why the White Witch appears in Dawn Treader, and what that means for Edmund’s character. View the video by clicking the image below:

“The White Witch is a force that really scares these kids in the first film. She’s the uber-villain, she’s not even human. She really scares them and they never quite get over it, Edmund in particular I think. She’s always there, as she says: ‘You can’t kill me off. I’m always there forever in your mind.’” –Tilda Swinton

Also view: Douglas Gresham, Andrew Adamson, Mark Johnson, Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Will Poulter, Liam Neeson, and Simon Pegg.

UPDATE: Also Michael Apted and Ben Barnes. All of these interviews can be found on MovieJungle’s page here.

52 Comments For This Story

  • Hwin says:

    That’s a little creeeepy, but so true about the White Witche’s character. I shall have to wait to see the video, however :/

    • Hwin says:

      *Witch’s*

    • glumPuddle says:

      I disagree. I think it directly contradicts the PC movie. Edmund did conquer the White Witch. He was not taken in by her magic. In Adamson’s word,"this is the completion of an arc [for Edmund]."

      I hate the idea the kids get scared by the WW and never recover from it.

      • Mayor Wilkins says:

        I really do see what you mean. 😉
        It seems a little contradictory…. or a lot.
        But consider that Edmund was not standing in the circle. He was behind the ice wall.
        Those of them that were in the circle could do little to over-power the witch. Had Edmund been standing in the circle, who knows what he might have done.

        Maybe Edmund’s nightmare is what would have happened had he not been able to resist her. What if he had been tempted as Peter was almost tempted? Surely something of this nature would plague his mind after the fact.

        I do see your point though. But I can kind of see what Tilda’s saying as well.
        Dreams don’t have to make logical sense. They are subconscious. Maybe subconsciously, part of Edmund still fears the witch.

      • ann says:

        What the book says is that their dreams come true at this Island. Just because Edmund dreamed about the WW doesn’t mean that he didn’t get over her, who knows when he had that dream anyway. My wort nightmare happened seven years ago after reading a scary book,and even though I have "gotten over" that book and can now read it without problem it still is the worst dream I ever had. Recovering from the WW doesn’t make the dream go away.

  • StephanieTheFaithful says:

    She does have a point, "You can’t kill me off. I’m always there forever in your mind…." Even though I am not a big fan about her being in the movie, she at least it is making sense about why and how she is in the movie. Also I never knew she has green eyes. I always thought they were brown, now that explains the trailer.

    Stephanie

    P.S. 5 more days!!! 🙂

  • Reepicheep says:

    The White Witch is not the film’s primary villain, but rather it’s the mist. She is only in Edmund’s nightmare on Dark Island and in another nightmare he had when he left the Magician’s Island. The trailers and even all the spoilers are misleading and she only appears as the effect the mist has on Edmund when she leaves.

    • Reepicheep says:

      Whoops! I meant when he leaves the Magician’s Island.

      • Mayor Wilkins says:

        I’m staying pretty much spoiler free in relation to the White Witch.
        But are you saying she appears twice? Once on Magician’s Island and again on Dark Island?
        That’s all I’d like to know. Otherwise, I would like to stay away from spoilers here. 😉

    • rachanne says:

      woww how’d you know about the other dream?

  • DamselJillPole says:

    cool

  • Swordebrithil12 says:

    Okay, so she really does have the sense enough to explain why she’s in the movie, not just because she wants the spotlight.

    Umm… and about what she said…. Well, JADIS doesn’t scare me, but TILDA does, and the first time I saw her I was pretty young. So I guess I’ll forever be having nightmares about her. 🙁

    • toby42 says:

      Before I saw the vid, I was wondering if her continued resurgences were in order for them to link the White Witch to Jadis from Magician’s Nephew whenever they made THAT film… but I didn’t know (or remember if they named her in LLW) that the WW was named Jadis by these folks. Jadis was a separate person altogether in the books if I’m not mistaken… I suppose it IS possible that she hangs around NARNIA and becomes the White Witch, but I thought they were separate; that’s the way the books make it seem, I thought… your thoughts?

      • Jessica says:

        They did name her name in the LWW, when they were reading the proclamation I believe…
        But it was only once, so anyone who doesn’t pay attention and hasn’t read the books might have missed it.

      • Jessica says:

        oh! and I forgot to mention. The White Witch and Jadis are the same person. In the books, Jadis steals from the tree and it makes her immortal. They don’t even call her Jadis at that point, they call her "the Witch" and because of the fruit, her face "was deadly white, white as salt." So that’s why the WW is so pale 😉

        Actually, I am reading it over and they start to call her "the Witch" right after she comes to Earth ^_^

    • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

      Don’t feel bad, I’m an adult and Tilda scares me too! LOL

  • Noogah says:

    What a relief to know she’s merely an illusion…

    …kinda deceptive to put her on the movie cover.

    Of course, I guess the trailers are pretty deceptive as well.

    • Samuel the Magnificent says:

      I think it’s more than that. They have said that they are adding the seeds to the plot of the silver chair. In other words the beginning of the Lady of the Green Kirtle. I strongly believe that Tilda Swinton is going to play the Lady of the Green Kirtle.

      • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

        wow, that would make sense- it’s weird, she’s so fantastic, I hope the purists don’t start a backlash against her if she ends up being TLOTGK ps what the heck is a Kirtle?

      • Mayor Wilkins says:

        I’ve been saying this for a while too.
        The White Witch should be the Green Lady in the films.
        It would be a great idea. Of course the purists will freak out. But I could care less.
        I love Tilda.

        A kirtle is a type of dress. 😉
        So The Lady of the Green Kirtle is basically "The Lady with the green gown/dress."
        I just call her the Green Lady because that isn’t as long. 😛 LOL

        By the way, does anyone remember what Perry Moore said about the White Witch in this film? The more I think about it, the more it sounds like he was talking about the White Witch becoming the Green Lady. Remember, he said something about "taking some artistic license" when it came to her presence in this story and her origin. I think what he was trying to say was "The Green Lady (meaning the witch) comes from Dark Island" I don’t know. Anyone know what I’m trying to say? LOL

  • Will says:

    Saw the film yesterday afternoon – well in fact I took 450 people to see it – we were very generously given a preview by Fox. Really enjoyed it as did those who wemt. I did a short review here: http://willcookson.wordpress.com/2010/12/05/review-chronicles-of-narnia-voyage-of-the-dawn-treader/ if you want to read about it a bit. Feel free to ask!

  • Will says:

    Saw the film yesterday afternoon – well in fact I took 450 people to see it – we were very generously given a preview by Fox. Really enjoyed it as did those who went. Thought Tilda was great but the real star was Eustace – he had some great lines and delivered them well. I did a short review here: http://willcookson.wordpress.com/2010/12/05/review-chronicles-of-narnia-voyage-of-the-dawn-treader/ if you want to read about it a bit. Feel free to ask!

  • motovin03 says:

    i agree… i also watched d movie again just today and for me Will Poulter is the most outstanding actor in this movie… –,

    • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

      i really liked the kid in the BBC version- from the clips it looks to me like will is overacting-

  • Pepper Darcy says:

    well, that’s sorta encouraging– at least she’s more of an ‘idea’ instead of ‘existing’ actually. So it’s not ‘she’s back’ even though Aslan killed her in LWW, it’s more of her memory his haunting them.

    At least it makes sense 🙂

    • Mayor Wilkins says:

      Yes. It makes perfect sense.
      I love the way Tilda talks about the White Witch. I think she really gets the character and she really loves the world of Narnia. 😉

  • Duffleglum says:

    I find it hard to believe that Edmund will always fear the White Witch, but it can take a lifetime before *Aslan* will remove all our fears I suppose.

    Nice interview, terrible haircut Tilda!!

    • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

      if humans have post traumatic stress syndrome from battling other men in a war, how could one not have at least nightmares over fighting a supernatural creature?

  • The Lion be Praised says:

    Poor Ed, I’ve always wondered if the witch would have haunted him for years even when he was growing up.

  • Mayor Wilkins says:

    Gawd, I love Tilda Swinton.
    Fantastic actress. She’s one of these people that can take so little material and just make it spectacular. Her "Prince Caspian" scene was/is my favorite part of that film and I suspect her scene in this movie will be my favorite as well. Great to hear from her. She’s awesome.

  • Narnian at Heart says:

    now it makes sense as to why shes in the film

  • Liberty Hoffman says:

    wow, spooky!
    so epic!

  • Griffle says:

    The whole EPK is being uploaded to Youtube now…

  • glumPuddle says:

    I really don’t think they put the WW in the film because they thought it made sense for Edmund’s character.

    Rather, they decided they wanted the WW in the film…and then had to think of a way to make it make sense….because it doesn’t.

    • JustANarnianFanFromEngland says:

      Yep. It p*sses me of because whats the point in making the book if you don’t make the book! Yes things have to be changed and I do understand she could be his nightmare on the Dark Island but they put themselves in it by having her in Prince Caspian! My non-narnia freak friends are now asking me is she dead. I say yes and they say so why is she in Prince Caspian and Dawn Treader. The villan in Caspian is MIRAZ!

    • narnian elv says:

      Hey glumpuddle,

      I’ve got a question for you, or anyone else who knows the answer. Do you think that the WW is the LOTGK? I don’t, but many of my friends do and we’ve been having a debate on it. Anyway, just interested in what you think. Thanks.

      • Mayor Wilkins says:

        Officially, the book does not support this theory.
        So the answer is no. The White Witch is not the Green Lady in the novel. 😉
        I personally wouldn’t have a problem with The White Witch being the Green Lady in the films. I don’t really like the Green Lady that much, but if Tilda played it as a reincarnation of Jadis, I could get into it real fast. I think it’s a good idea, moviewise.

        But no, the text does not support it.

      • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

        I saw a comment by cs lewis somewhere saying they are two differnent people

      • glumPuddle says:

        If you think they are the same character, you are saying the prophecy in LWW was a lie. Because it clearly says that the filling of the four thrones would mean the end of the White Witch’s life.

        I always feel silly for even bothering to say this, but of course the WW and LotGK are different characters. (Rilian and Tirian are also different characters by the way. As are Susan and Puddleglum)

        Fans started making this silly mistake after HarperCollins mistakenly listed them as the same character in their character bios. Also, BBC cast the same actress in both parts due to budget constraints. These two factors have led to some confusion.

        If Tilda played the LotGK, I would not go see the movie. They would have to go back and edit out Aslan’s “it is finished” line from the LWW movie. Did Aslan not pounce hard enough or what? Continually bringing back the WW really weakens Aslan’s character.

  • Elyk says:

    I must respectfully disagree with you Glumpuddle
    While I’m sure the producers were aware of the fact that there really is no villain in VDT, the idea that Edmund never truly gets over the White Witch’s power over him isn’t that far a stretch. It makes sense, in the movie universe. Remember, the movies and books are two very different entities. Producers sometimes have to change some plot details for the transition into film, what works in a book may not always work on film.

    • Mayor Wilkins says:

      I second that. 😉
      I understand why some fans have an issue with it.
      But I still think it makes sense. Because a nightmare is a nightmare.
      We really have no control over our dreams, do we?

  • pselpevensie says:

    am very interested to see how the witch is in the movie…

  • narnian resident says:

    Will Poulter is a real cutie 😀
    and Liam’s voice is just so heavenly to hear, and i really love Simon Pegg’s voice. i think its perfect for Reepicheep

  • eustacegirl says:

    I am so excited. Aww Will was so young. HE’s so cute.

  • Pepper Darcy says:

    wow. I am like the most wicked, sensless Narniawebber ever 🙂 I think the WW is ‘okay’ in the movies, but actually even though I’m ‘okay’ with it I viww the ‘non-WW’ opinion as the correct, ‘orthadox’ view actually 🙂

    It’s interesting to see people’s opinions on things and all, and how they can have discussions without being rude 😉 I’ll know now what to say and what to not say when expressing my opinion 🙂

    Well, now I’m nervous about the movie… :/

    • Mayor Wilkins says:

      It’s great that people interpret things differently. 😉
      That’s the true spirit of imagination and it’s wonderful. 🙂