Gresham Excited to See Puddleglum in ‘The Silver Chair’
Douglas Gresham (stepson of C.S. Lewis, co-producer) was asked which character he is most excited about bringing to life in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair. Watch the video here.
DG: “The character I am most excited about filming in The Silver Chair, I think, has to be Puddleglum. Puddleglum is a unique character and also a unique species. All of the dwarfs and things we find in Narnia come from previous mythologies or other places. But, Puddleglum is a marsh-wiggle. The marsh-wiggles are the only species that Jack himself actually invented out of his own originality and his own mind. And he’s modeled after the old gardner we had at the Kilns in Oxford who was outwardly a very dour pessimistic guy, but inwardly was a huge optimist. His name was Fred Paxford. So, Puddleglum is the guy I’m really longing to see on film.”
How do you think Puddleglum should be brought to life? How much CGI, if any, should be used? Here is Lewis’ description from the book:
As they drew nearer, the figure turned its head and showed them a long thin face with rather sunken cheeks, a tightly shut mouth, a sharp nose, and no beard. He was wearing a high, pointed hat like a steeple, with an enormously wide flat brim. The hair, if it could be called hair, which hung over his large ears was greeny-gray, and each lock was flat rather than round, so that they were like tiny reeds.
They now saw that he had very long legs and arms, so that although his body was not much bigger than a dwarf ’s, he would be taller than most men when he stood up. The fingers of his hands were webbed like a frog’s, and so were his bare feet which dangled in the muddy water. He was dressed in earth-colored clothes that hung loose about him.
– The Silver Chair, ch. 5
Read our character profile for Puddleglum.