Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Deco Features: Life of Pi
Director Ang Lee is back with the 3D movie "Life of Pi" you've probably seen clips here on Deco no no not the Paula Broadwell video, its the one with the tiger. Unfortunately we weren't allowed to interview the tiger but we did talk to ang. Shireen has a look.
With a bengal tiger.
Suraj Sharma plays Pi and this is his first movie ever.
SURAJ SHARMA: "Sometimes it feels like I'm sitting inside my head and watching things happen around me, and I'm part of something big and I dont know whats happening. I'm just part of it its not hit me, I dont know if it will, I'm just taking every day as it comes really and just going with it, moving forward."
Starting your acting career as the main character in an Ang Lee movie? Not bad...not bad at all.
ANG LEE: "Suraj originally was escorting his younger brother to the audition and the brother was too young. The agent said 'You, come to read this.'"
But just because he doesn't have much experience doesn't mean he isn't right for the role
ANG LEE: "When I saw him, I started to see Pi, I began to see the movie so thats a great sign, I was quite sure, I was even more sure when I read him. He's a true talent."
And just like that a great connection was made.
SURAJ SHARMA: "The great thing about him is that though he is a genious as a director, he is amazing as a director, he's an amazing human being. He's a compasionate, simple, down to earth, honest man."
And thats not all at the request of Suraj's mom Ang became his spiritual guru.
SURAJ SHARMA: "Well my mom thought it'd be really big thing, this is for the first time Im going out, Im doing something and she was scared."
ANG LEE: "Yeah his mother made us do that."
SURAJ SHARMA: "You submit yourself to his teachings and you learn."
ANG LEE: "In Inda it just shows his submissiveness to me, whatever he has to lay down on the floor, touch my feet, show total "whatever master, whatever you say" In my culture, its bi-litteral, you have to take care and watch him, you have to be a good example for him."
SURAJ SHARMA: "And he took it very very seriously and thats great whether it was on-set or whether he's off set he's alwasy concerned about what Im doing and how Im doing, and where Im going to go from here."
ANG LEE: "I never cracked a joke in front of him since that day I had to behave, I had to be a living example for him, I have to watch things out for him, look out for him."
SURAJ SHARMA: "He's become even more than a guru, he's been a very large part of my life, great inspiration."
ANG LEE: "Thats a big burden, I just wanted to be his director."