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Hey, boys and girls, we were thrilled to bask in the glow of one of the greatest directors that ever lived.  The daddy of Bruce the shark and E.T. the Extraterrestrial, Steven Spielberg landed the Close Encounters spaceship in New York City for his latest epic, the amazing wartime fable, War Horse.  Attending the gala premiere at Lincoln Centerís Avery Fisher Hall, were stars Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irvine, Toby Kebbell, David Thewlis, Emily Watson, Celine Buckens, David Kross, Matt Milne, Patrick Kennedy and Robert Emms.
introduced the movie and his cast members to the audience and apologised for not being able to bring over the filmís biggest star, Joey the horse.

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 War Horse World Premiere Gala in New York City


We had the chance to chat with Matt Milne, one of the filmís stars, about his experience working with Steven Spielberg.

The Lady Miz Diva:  Matt, what was it like to have this baptism by fire, making your first feature film with Steven Spielberg?

Matt Milne:  Itís absolutely crazy!  Itís beyond description, to be honest. Itís unlike anything Iíve ever experienced.  Itís very surreal being on the set and itís surreal acting on camera cos Iíve never acted on camera before.  As with any sort of acting, when youíre trying to be real and be there, itís very difficult with this huge, big machine is right up in your face.  But you adjust to these things and I tried to do my best, but it was incredible.


LMD:  The film takes place in the midst of World War I. Did you have to go through any military training?

MM:  Yeah, yeah, yeah, we went through a military boot camp.  There was lots of ex-military that came in and there was also a man who was a World War I expert who was very helpful to the story.  So we talked with him a lot.  We had a week or so of that and personally, I did just general reading of the literature from that period.  Thereís a brilliant book called Schlump, written about this German boy.  Itís a sort of autobiography; he was a German boy in the countryside and he got signed up to the army.  When he was young and in the country, he was a bit of a braggart and he does something to annoy this police officer, who says, ďOh, you, you Schlump!Ē So, thatís why the bookís called that.


LMD:  War Horse is your first feature, but I understand thereís another film in the works for you right now?

MM:  Yeah, yeah, with an actor you mightíve met called Toby Kebbell.  Heís in it as well and heís wonderful.  What a lovely bloke.  Wrath of the Titans itís called, and itís gonna be an epic, itís gonna be really big and itís a lovely story, as well.  Iím not sure how much Iím allowed to say, but itís a much more personal, family-oriented film than the first one, and it was just surreal.  I donít really know what Iím doing here, it still feels like somebodyís just picked me up and dumped me here and I just have to make due.  


We also asked David Thewlis what it was like to work with Steven Spielberg.

David Thewlis:  It doesnít really feel quite real because heís become such an almost fictional character in my life since I was 14 or 15, and Iíve heard of him for so long and watched all his films all my life.  And even once I became an actor, I didnít imagine I would get to know him and work with him; to hear him shout ďActionĒ and ďCutĒ and ďThatís great, David.Ē


We ran into the wonderful Tom Hiddleston once again who gave us his feelings about his director.

Tom Hiddleston:  Well, heís the master.  A master craftsman and a master of cinema and heís a childhood hero of mine.  I grew up watching E.T., Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and then Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, Schindlerís List.  It was truly a privilege and a pleasure to work with him.  His kindness is extraordinary and his efficiency and the speed of his decision-making as a director is incredible to watch.


~ The Lady Miz Diva

December 4th, 2011

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