Ben Barnes Meets Samuel West (Two Caspians)

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In this #NarniaDay episode of Talking Beasts: The Narnia Podcast, Samuel West and Ben Barnes compare their experiences playing Caspian in the BBC series and Walden Media movies. Ben recalls as a child watching Sam in the role. They also discuss the possibility of another actor portraying the character in Netflix’s upcoming Narnia movies and series.

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Sam recently finished filming the second season of All Creatures Great and Small, while Ben can be seen in Shadow and Bone on Netflix.

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9 Responses

  1. ReepI says:

    Samuel has a nice game collection in his background. I spotted a game I also have 😛

  2. Larry W. says:

    I always liked BBC’s version of Voyage of the Dawn Treader with Samuel West as Caspian. I wish that it had been three hours long instead of the two hours it was given so that it could be combined with the one hour Prince Caspian. Prince Caspian also deserved three hours instead of only one. There was fine acting in both of the BBC dramas, but the cast was so pressed for time.

  3. Amy says:

    The BBC Voyage of the Dawn Treader was the entire reason i just absolutely love Sam West <3 this was so great to see!

  4. Cleander says:

    So cool seeing them together!
    I’m just realizing I’ve seen Sam West in at least one other role, but didn’t recognize him as Caspian.
    His version of Caspian is my favorite of the two BBC portrayals.

  5. Catharine says:

    I never understood the reason they went with an older Caspian in the second Walden film. I feel that was partly why it didn’t work because you had trouble believing that the older Caspian didn’t have an idea as to what Miraz was really like. Great interview! It would be wonderful if you could do a similar one with Georgie Henley and Sophie Wilcox.

  6. Frodo Lives says:

    Agreed about Caspian’s age. If the filmmakers really wanted an older kid to match Peter’s age, then they should have cast an actor 18 to 20 years old, not 24 to 26, which is what they went for. Just one of many times on that second film that the filmmakers took a confident step in the wrong direction. Still, I like Ben Barnes, and this conversation with Samuel West is lovely.

  7. Glumpuddle says:

    I think Walden also wanted to use the same actor for Caspian in PC and VDT, unlike BBC where they used two different actors. So they were trying to find someone that could believably look younger in PC and then age up a few years in VDT. I think Ben was intended to be that middle ground that could do both.

  8. Geekicheep says:

    Oh this is so cool! I’ve always liked the character of Caspian, and seeing the two guys who played him talking and hanging out is just so awesome! It’s funny they mentioned Doctor Who, because the title of “two Caspians” felt VERY Doctor Who to me. Kind of makes me wonder what it would be like to see some of the other BBC and Walden folks come together like this.

  9. @jasminetarkheena says:

    So nice to hear two Caspian. I’m sure whoever the next will be just as good.
    I think Sam West and Ben Barnes portrayed Caspian each from their perspectives.