France’s “One” Interviews Ben Barnes was sent a scan from the French magazine One where they interviewed Ben Barnes about his role of King Caspian in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

What can we expect from the third film?

It’s a much more mature and adult film than the two previous ones. The magical aspect that you all know hasn’t been left out, but The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is an adventure film rather than a pure work of fantasy. Caspian is now the new King of Narnia and, with Edmund and Lucy, he embarks on a great crossing aboard this boat, the Dawn Treader, to find the land of Aslan. So most sequences take place on the sea, which hasn’t been easy to film. In Hollywood, it’s often said that filming on the water is the most painful of all .. I agree! [laughs] But I enjoyed myself very much ..

With the release of the film approaching, do you now feel less pressure on your shoulders than at the time of Prince Caspian?

Yes, a lot less. The release of Prince Caspian was very stressful for me because Disney had put forward the film’s promotion and everyone was waiting for me at the release. I really feared the reaction of the public and fans, I didn’t want to disappoint anybody. Today, I have three or four years more experience and I’ve learned to handle that pressure. I think I’ll tackle the release of this film with much more serenity.

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58 Responses

  1. decarus says:

    Oh not again.

  2. Pattertwig's Pal says:

    That's what I thought.

  3. DragonGirl28 says:

    Hmm… "more of a mature and adult film than the previous ones"? Not sounding too good here.

  4. Liberty Hoffman says:

    yay! this sounds so awesome! coolness!

  5. Raticus says:

    I don't think the movie is target toward adults, I think he just means adults will get something out of it just like younger audiences would. Also Hollywood knows that a PG film isn't going to intrinsically cater to adults anyway. Making it an adult oriented movie would be suicide.

  6. decarus says:

    It's a darker, grittier world. Just wait for it. Don't worry though i am sure it will be really epic.

  7. Starlily says:

    I like that it will be a mature film. I love kids' films and books, but Narnia has always seemed like more of a classic with something for all ages, rather than just kids fantasy. I hope I'll like the "maturity" though. Usually I don't like that term because it means the movie might have something unsavory in it. Not that I'm worried about that with Narnia, though.

    I also liked that he said it's an adventure film, and that they're sailing to find Aslan's Country, and not to rescue lost souls from caves of doom. (Of course he wouldn't say that in an interview, anyway 😉 ) Poor Ben. I hope he doesn't get so stressed this time around, and that the public and fans will like the movie. I'd hate to be an actor–it's a hard job.

  8. Liberty Hoffman says:

    wow, did anyone read thw whole artocle? the part when Skandar hit Ben in the face with a sword by accendent? :0 yikes!

  9. Amelia says:

    Reading interviews like this, and seeing the actor's humble spirit, makes me appreciate the actor much more!

    I think we should stop worrying about how terrible the film might be and wait until we actually see it to form an opinion. I think it is going to be wonderful!!

  10. Amelia says:

    That is, I'm expecting it to be wonderful rather than terrible. 🙂

  11. Aslan's Meadow says:

    I though it was a little weird, saying it is more Adult…I though it looked more childish.
    I though the bit about Skandar White as a Sheet was funny ! 🙂
    Cute that Ben is still looking for that special "someone"…who doesn't like him for his fame.

  12. AslanIsOnTheMove says:

    I don't think it's going to be as mature as the interview lets on. From the trailers there are a few complaints that it's too childish and now Ben says it's more mature. With the PC trailers (Yes, I know that was Disney and this is Fox so you can't compare but let's say you can for a moment.) you could tell there was more action and that it was a darker film. This one looks lighter imo and so I think the mixed signals could mean it's perfectly balanced… that could be wishful thinking though. Guess we'll know in December 😉

  13. AslanIsOnTheMove says:

    P.S. The magician's garden looks like it came straight out of a Dr. Seuss book. How is that "adult?" I agree with Starlily. I think it's an all ages thing.

  14. DragonGirl28 says:

    Yeah I thought that tidbit was hilarious. 😀

  15. daughter of the King says:

    Yep, it will be so epic that the very epicness of it will be unfathomable.

  16. FriendOfNarnia2 says:

    The important thing to consider is what kind of people read the magazine "One". I don't know, but I'm guessing adults. Which is probably why Barnes said what he did. Also, I find it interesting that their purpose for sailing is to find Aslan's country (rather than finding the seven lords?)

  17. LucyTheValiant says:

    i wonder where the sword fight between ben and skandar fits into the film. i remember the part in the book where they are on deathwater and they have an argument, i hope that part makes it into the film.

  18. Sammie says:

    Didn't we hear about this swordfight in an interview done during filming (an interview Barnes did for "Dorian Gray")? I believe he said he'd gotten hit by, I quote, "young Skandar Keynes" (though this article's mention of a doctor makes it sound more severe).

    If I remember right, a fan uploaded a clip of filming in which Edmund and Caspian are swordfighting on board the ship with the crew cheering them on.

  19. narnian resident says:

    adult? mature? hmm, Narnia's suppose to be a cildren's book. they better not make it too adult. i hope thats just something he said, and just interpreted that way.

  20. sarah says:

    hahaha i liked the part where they asked "And inside your heart, where are you??" Who says that??? I guess it came out weird in translation!!!

  21. Reepicheep775 says:

    The movie can be mature and childlike at the same time. I feel the books themselves are that way and there were parts in the first two films when I wished they would step up the maturity a bit.
    "I'm sure when I'm older I'll understand!"
    So, for me this is encouraging.

  22. Mirima Rosetrader says:

    This makes me a little nervous, but I kinda glad they are going to make the movie a little more mature. Some of the lines in PC were a little childish… 😀 Can't wait for the movie to come out! Long live Aslan and sail on VDT! 😀

  23. aravis tarkeena says:

    It will be so epic that the very epicness of it will be unfathomable. HaHa

  24. FriendOfNarnia2 says:

    I thought the clips we saw showed that while the movie may not be darker, it may be a little more mature.

  25. Oh, come on, Ben. We did this with PC. Did it work? No! So stop worrying us *souls* and making us think this is going to be an *unfathomable* repeat!

    I hate it when I read something about Narnia and see the words "mature" and "adult" in the article. That isn't what the Chronicles of Narnia books are about!

    What I mean by that isn't that an adult won't read Narnia because it's childish or immature, I just mean that the world's perception of those two words conjures images that are very, very unNarnian.

    Does Ben say this because he's embarrassed of being in a kiddie film? *snort*

  26. I hope that's the case.

  27. I think it'd be more than justifiable to think that Hollywood would do that to Narnia. They did it to Prince Caspian in some ways.

  28. That was my first thought. I hope it's not just the pessimist inside of me acting up.

  29. Claire-ayes says:

    I don't think 'mature' is exactly the same a 'darker'. I mean, you could argue that the themes addressed in VoDT are more mature than in Caspian. Doesn't necessarily mean it will be darker in it's approach to them.

  30. Reepicheep says:

    I've had everyone say in my face that this'll be the gay movie of the year. Now I know they are horribly wrong. Mature probably means the themes may be bolder or the actors are more mature and so on. So there's no need to fret.

  31. Narniangirl says:

    I used to subsribe to One, it's aimed at teens (I'd say 14-19)

  32. SamWest says:

    Concerning the "more mature" comment Barnes made could go one of two ways: 1. If it is rated PG like the last one it will go poorly because what "more mature" adult movie is PG. 2. If it is rated PG-13 like they should have made the last one then all is well. (I am trying not to hold my breath on this one.)

  33. decarus says:

    I think it was the pessimist in me. I agree that he could actually mean more mature then more violent and darker and grittier or epic. Save us all from epic. I just never know if they get it at all.

    The plot looks very different then the book, so it is just hard to tell at the moment.

  34. narnia fan 7 says:

    whit dos he mean by "more mature than the two previous ones".

  35. Lil the Valiant says:

    Could he mean maybe that the lessons learned are more mature? I think the characters are going to be more mature this time. Not mature in a bad way, just mature as in grown up and come more into maturity. Instead of fighting over the crown like Peter and Caspian in Prince Caspian, or petty arguments and betrayal like in the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. I think (and I'm hoping) it will be a movie in which both adults and kids can learn something.

  36. Knight of the Lion says:

    Not a very encouraging interveiw.

  37. Knight of the Lion says:

    I hope you're right, but I seriously doubt that's what Ben's talking about.

  38. The Batman says:

    It sounds like that's what he's referring to to me as well, and I'm looking forward to seeing that on screen.

  39. wolfloversk says:

    He did say mature before he said adult so I think all is well, we're worrying over nothing. NO JUDGING THE MOVIE BEFORE WE SEE IT PEOPLE!

  40. FriendOfNarnia2 says:

    Why not? I found it encouraging that they are setting off in search for Aslan's country, rather than setting of to save Narnia from some unimaginable and totally unfathomable fate.

  41. HighQueenofNarnia says:

    Yeah, I bet that was unpleasant! And I also think that'll be in some of the special features whatnot.

  42. SparkyTheHappyGiraffe says:

    So Epic its epicness will be unfathomable YES! no. Prince Caspian didn't even have thaaat many fantasy elements! The Voyage of The Dawn Treader looks like it has alot more fantasy elements anyways so why did he say its more of an adventure film? Prince Caspian was an adventure film.

  43. Narnian Geek says:

    More mature than Prince Caspian!!!??? Warning, warning! *red lights start flashing in my brain*

  44. QueenLucy12 says:

    Oh yes! and Oh no!

  45. Queen Elizabeth says:

    I agree with all of you. I mean, you have the Magician and the invisible dufflepuds. (If I spelled that right lol) And Aslan's country is magical in itself. And then you have the magical elements of the magic pond that turns everything to gold. And so on. The only thing adventurous is the big journey, and they probably added a fight scene or two in there.

  46. Queen Elizabeth says:

    I love Skandar so he can hit Ben in the face all he wants lol. It reminds me of when I was watching the bloopers for Prince Caspian on YouTube and he messed up a sword fight scene so he did a little dance. 🙂

  47. Queen Elizabeth says:

    YES! I thought I was the only one that thought the garden was Alice in Wonderland meets Playhouse Disney. Not to dis the Narnia I love so much 🙂 But I think disney would have done a much better job than FOX.

  48. Queen Elizabeth says:

    Considering all the actors are so much older than the book characters they can't make it all stars and rainbows. They better have some action in there.

  49. Queen Elizabeth says:

    I'm really mad that the whole point of the movie is to look for Aslan's country. I was really looking forward to them sailing to all of the different unique islands to save the Lords from each a different fate. Or to at least find them, because that's what Caspian really sets off to do in the book. Aslan's country is just a little thing they stumble upon in the end. And they never really get to see it.

  50. Eliseo says:

    "more mature" .. maybe im in the minority here, but I really like the sound of that. there are some very epic themes in this movie and this encourages me to hear that. sail on dawn treader!

  51. EdmundPevensie says:

    Did anybody catch the bit that Caspian mentioned about, "in the story Skandar is always the one that is afraid"…
    Since when did Skandar become "always afraid"?

  52. Warrior 4 Jesus says:

    In Australia, Prince Caspian given an M15+ rating (eg. the same rating as Die Hard and The Matrix). There is nothing in VDT that warrants a PG-13. The only Narnian story that does need a PG-13 is The Last Battle (and perhaps The Silver Chair).

  53. decarus says:

    I feel like we know enough to judge that VotDT is going to be very different from the book. All we can hope for is that the characters feel the same.

  54. K.J. Hill says:

    Oy… It looks like the purpose of the quest isn't to find the Seven Lords…

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  56. Narnian Meerkat says:

    Well, it's good news that Ben says it's a more mature and adult like film. . .At least that's what HE says. . . .
    I can kinda tell it won't be much different. . .I just hope he's right!. . .Oh, well. Narnia filming is getting worse and worse anyway. . .:P

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  58. The White Wizard says:

    It can't be that bad!