Colin Farrell Discusses Altering The Audiencesí Perception In Saving Mr. Banks

By Eric Eisenberg 2013-12-12 13:41:21discussion comments
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Saving Mr. Banks Colin Farrell

Thereís a really interesting evolution to your character in this movie that really comes through the audienceís perception. When you first meet Travers he seems like this free spirit, idyllic kind of guy, this perfect father.

Someone who weaves spells of the imagination.

But as we get deeper into the story we start discovering his faults and itís almost like weíre seeing it through the childís eyes realizing that her father isnít really this great man. How did you approach that evolution of the character?

I mean, I have to give all credit to these to Kelly Marcel for designing such a beautiful script and for really, I mean, she really carved certain beats, because there are only a certain amount of scenes that we had, obviously. There are only a certain amount of times, reflections of the past are dropped in intermittently into the script, where P.L. Travers goes back into her mind, into her memory and she sees days gone by unfold, and so, they were kind of broad strokes. Every time we went back there was a state of development in Traversí life, which was usually about his, you know, his internal degradation, you know. There was this real fall from grace. You meet him at the start, as you said, he has grace, like literally, physically, verbally, he has this grace to him and that begins to get chipped by time. Heís somebody who could suck it in for a little while, but at the end of the day, couldnít follow through on his own myth. He could put this myth forth about life and what it is to live a free life, and be a free spirit, but couldnít actually follow through on it himself.

Do you think he had all of those flaws from the very beginning, when we first see the character and itís just hidden from us?

I think so. I think what happens in the telling of this film, and what we see, I think has probably happened before and I think thatís probably what theyíre leaving. I think thatís some of what Ruth Wilsonís character anxiety is....

Sheís already seen it.

Sheís terrified. She doesnít know what the future holds and heís "Come on gang. Letís go."

He makes it seem like a magical adventure.

Yes, heís trying to drive the ship into this unknown territory of adventure and curiosity, when in fact heís just running from another kind of sense of destruction.
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